View Full Version : September Entry: The Realms of Tlacopoxtla

09-04-2008, 10:08 AM
Here is my work in Progress for the Realms of Tlacoploxtla.

Currently, my plan is to do this entirely OOOOOooooooooooooooooooold school. And by that, the only digital work to this will be scanning and posting.

Steel General
09-04-2008, 10:38 AM
Old school? You mean like on hex paper with a seperate symbol in each hex... now wouldn't that be something?

OK, enough goofing around... looking forward to see how this comes out.

09-04-2008, 12:38 PM
hex and symbol is truly asking for punishment... especially on the hands!!!

I too decided to hand draw the map .... bout halfway done or so, just wanted to surprise everyone :D .... NK already did that tho... so, now there isn't any point in hurrying ... :D

NK, I seriously considered an aztec/olmac approach ... I'm _really_ glad I didn't. Your's is way better than I could have done with that theme... :)

Steel General
09-04-2008, 04:14 PM
hex and symbol is truly asking for punishment... especially on the hands!!!

I still might try it just for the heck of it.... 'cause that's how I roll!! :D

09-04-2008, 04:35 PM
Loves me some old school, looking forward to this as I can already see where it's going...and looking awesome to boot.

09-05-2008, 04:25 AM
So, some more work (cause the map is pretty much already done...kinda), and here is the map so far. Soon I will color it all in, with Pencil Crayons. :D

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09-05-2008, 08:26 AM
So, I am finished with the map, now I just need to color it ;)

So a little info about what I am doing here.

Did a little research on Mayan glyphs. They are written in Pairs, and read as shown below.

Additionally, I copied some of the Glyphs, others I made up, and some I changed up from originals.

Finally, the script on the right, the CITY/TOWN symbols match the map, and the large icons are to represent the chief Deity worshiped there.

From top to bottom:

The first two I made up the Symbol as I hadn't hit on this idea yet :(

Third is a Version of Everyone's most wellknown God: Quezalcoatl.

Fourth, is a stylized version of Tlaloc, or the Rain God.

5th is Xiuhtecuhtli, Personification of Life after Death, Warmth in Cold, etc. Basically a Duality God.

6th is finally another rendition of Quetzalcoatl.

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09-05-2008, 10:14 AM
AAAAAAAAAnnnnnnnnnnnnd about 75% colored.

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09-05-2008, 10:56 AM
Wow ! I especially like the right side of your map !

Steel General
09-05-2008, 02:30 PM
I know you're going for the hand-drawn look, and I think this is great.

FYI... someone over at the Dunjinni forums created a whole bunch of Aztec symbols. You may want to check those out for any future maps with this kind a look.

09-07-2008, 08:06 AM
Here is my final rendition of the map of Tlacoploxtla.

Note, there is no labeling on the map at all.

The cities, are named on the farside of the map in the legend, and can be labeled whatever the user wants. Also, there is no 'North' indicator. As I like the idea of the map being without one, as it makes it more evocative of a remnant of an unknown Civilization.

Of course, I consider Hand drawn maps a lost art of my youth, as when I was young I had no software and nothing to make maps beyond a stack of paper, a pencil, a black PILOT fineliner and package of colored pencils.

AHHHHHH. The memories.

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09-07-2008, 12:17 PM
Love it, especially the pictographs.

09-07-2008, 02:23 PM
Yes, the pictographs really give it the feel cause of such excellent work... Great job NK

09-12-2008, 12:59 PM
Man! What a way to dish out a can of awesome! This map Rocks! No layers - no erasing - no filters

09-13-2008, 04:28 PM
I really like the idea of that sidebar. Nice idea :)

09-25-2008, 02:34 AM
Wow, gotta love handwork. I also love the choice of culture.