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Diamond
04-12-2014, 07:52 PM
I don't know if I'll have time to finish this, since I'll be on vacation starting on the 23rd, but I'm going to try.

This is a runner-up to the idea I originally had, which was a City Infernal, but I knew there's no way in.... hell :D I'd finish that, so I opted to go with a section of the Abyssal Plane of my conworld instead. This is really the first time I've worked seriously to come up with ideas for this portion of my mythos, so it'll all be done pretty much on the fly and in the months and years to come I'm sure I'll change things half a million times. But for now, here's the Black Coast, a region of infernal city-states, roving cannibal tribes, and the Sacros Inferni, a sort of Abyssal biker gang whose hellcycles are powered by human souls.

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Diamond
04-13-2014, 02:48 AM
Thanks to (I think) Schwarzkreuz for the parchment.

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Diamond
04-13-2014, 03:52 PM
Mountains. Lots of mountains. And contour lines, though I'm not 100% happy with them. If I set their opacity any higher, they dominate the map, but if I leave their opacity low like it is here, you can't really pick them out too well. I guess the answer is to lower the opacity on the parchment layer, but I like it so much I don't want to mess with it...

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Diamond
04-13-2014, 05:30 PM
Started doing a little labeling and city placement, along with the flags of the Great Infernal Cities of this region. I hid the contour lines for now; I think it looks better like this - opinions?

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timallen
04-13-2014, 09:32 PM
Very nice!

Lingon
04-17-2014, 11:43 AM
Looking really good! Very nice hellish names :D I agree that it looks better without both the relief and the height lines, but it'd be interesting to see the other option as well… Only height lines, I mean.

Ilanthar
04-18-2014, 09:27 AM
Good flags! And yeah, I agree with Lingon about the mountains. Isn't the Mare Sanguinarius supposed to be a bit "bloody"? ;)

arsheesh
04-18-2014, 12:25 PM
I hope you do get a chance to finish this, I'd like to see where you take it.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Diamond
04-18-2014, 03:15 PM
I think I should be able to finish it; I have this whole weekend free before I go on vacation, so it should be doable. One thing I'm going to do is get rid of the embossed gold symbols for the cities, and tone down the flag colors significantly; I'm not comfortable with the bright colors.

Diamond
04-19-2014, 07:16 PM
I decided to change things up drastically, since the original design wasn't so much a coast as it was a gulf. I also decided to go with icons instead of pseudo-atlas.

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Diamond
04-19-2014, 09:11 PM
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TheHoarseWhisperer
04-19-2014, 10:33 PM
I like this new version. The border is really nice.

Are you going to add shadows to the mountains?

Also, are you going to soften the black lines at some point? They look a bit too crisp at the moment (although that might be the effect you are going for)

THW

Diamond
04-20-2014, 12:21 AM
Yeah, I wanted the lines to be pretty dark and crisp, although there is a bit of disconnect between the coast, mountains, and border, because I didn't blur them all to the same degree.

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- Max -
04-20-2014, 03:46 AM
I second THW, I like it more than the first version :)

Diamond
04-20-2014, 06:04 PM
I believe this is DONE.

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jkat718
04-22-2014, 10:51 PM
I must say that I absolutely love the names in this map. The only issue I have is that you have these hellish names like Baphlagor and Malbolgia, and then you have these (still cool) English names like the Gibbering Plains and the Iron Desert. Even though the English names are interesting, they seem lackluster next to your more creative naming. Also, the description text is hard to read over the sigils behind them. I normally don't like brightly-colored icons on maps, but here, the icons are perfect. They really pop out at the reader, and when combined with your awesome I-don't-know-what-to-call-them circles around the cities, the icons are fantastic! *BONK*

- Max -
04-23-2014, 06:01 AM
Definitely my favorite map of this challenge. Colors, composition and labeling feed my tastes! I would though blurry the great infernal city icon wheel, it looks a bit too sharp regarding the other stuff on the map

arsheesh
04-23-2014, 01:02 PM
A fantastic entry Diamond, great to see you in a challenge again!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh