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Lord
09-05-2008, 10:37 PM
The Saga of Oath-Bound Men.

Here is a super early draft of what I have in store. The map is incredibly large because I have never worked on such a large scale before, 100 mi x100 mi so I want the resolution high to be able to get a little realistic on this one.

It will basically be entirely painted in photoshop, as you can see i have done some 5 minute sketches of some mountains.

We will see what happens with this one. I have a style developed that I used on another map on ConquerClub, but I have never tried it at this scale.

Comments welcome.

oh and the CG image hosting seems to be having a hell of a time with this file so here it is.

http://img149.imageshack.us/my.php?image=thesaga1pj1.jpg

I will try to get it hosted here later.

bryguy
09-05-2008, 11:09 PM
I have a style developed that I used on another map on ConquerClub

I thought you might be from CC! whats your user there? your avatar makes me think that your mibi.....



oh, and right now the map is currently REALLY dark!

:)

Lord
09-06-2008, 11:56 AM
update, more mountains.

I reduced it from 7500px to 3500 px for uploading.

### Latest WIP ###

Lord
09-07-2008, 01:53 PM
Ok I did more work on the mainland, mountains, trees and grasslands.
The image is 7500px which is roughly 70'' to the pixel. I am trying to keep the scale fairly accurate while maintaining lots of detail. Each and every tree should be depicted. It has been entirely done with the brush tool so far.

edit: I had to reduce it to 3500px for uploading.

### Latest WIP ###

Ghostman
09-07-2008, 01:56 PM
That's an interesting looking technique for representing mountains. And it looks like there's much potential. Going to keep an eye on this thread 8)

Lord
09-07-2008, 02:10 PM
I'm not sure why it wont let me upload the larger image, but I use a site called zoomorama which is great for hi-res images. Its a flash based zooming app.

Here is the full 7500x7500 image.

http://tinyurl.com/5jbp5w

I will up better compression jpegs in the future.

RobA
09-07-2008, 03:35 PM
Lord-

from the "we really have to get this FAQ posted some day" on uploading images:


Limitations
Unfortunately, there are also a couple of limitations. The first is file sizes. The following is a list of the file size limits:

bmp - 7.63 MB
gif - 7.63 MB
jpg - 4.77 MB
png - 4.77 MB

The second limit is the actual image size. The image must be less than 30 megapixels in actual size. If you try to upload a 6000x6000 jpeg that has a file size of only 1MB, it will fail (sometimes with a blank screen, sometimes with a database error depending on the actual size...) as it is 36 megapixels. This limitation is being worked on, and will hopefully be resolved soon.

To show of images larger than this, you will have to use an off-site image hosting service and provide a link.

-Rob A>

delgondahntelius
09-07-2008, 03:39 PM
Appears to be coming along quite nicely lord

@RobA ... nice title to the FAQ .... love the truth in that.

Lord
09-07-2008, 11:57 PM
ok I've done the marshes. I think they look quite nicely.

Make sure you see the FULL version here,

http://tinyurl.com/5jbp5w

the posted version is only 2000px.

also some beaches.


### Latest WIP ###

Ascension
09-08-2008, 01:11 AM
I like the painterly feel on the mountains, reminds me of Bob Ross and his happy lil hills. Might darken the trees though, they look a bit bright or plasticy. Otherwise, nice work so far.

NeonKnight
09-08-2008, 03:16 AM
Looks good so far. The Marsh and Forest are a little difficult to distinguish to me.

Lord
09-08-2008, 10:30 AM
Looks good so far. The Marsh and Forest are a little difficult to distinguish to me.

Do you mean, distinguish from each other, or from the surounding lands, or something else.

Also make sure you have seen the full version.

NeonKnight
09-08-2008, 11:09 AM
Do you mean, distinguish from each other, or from the surounding lands, or something else.

Also make sure you have seen the full version.

I've look at the most recent map.

The problem, and it's the problem I have with all 'photo-realistic' maps, is it is difficult to see where one terrain type ends and another begins.

Part of this from my past experience with actually MAP & COMPASS course using techniques like those in the following link:

http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~burchil/mantario/navigation.html

As a result, my preference for maps is has always been one of affected by reality of reading real maps. As a result, when I see a photo realistic map, I am predjudiced by the fact that I view it as someone who looks at it to do a quick scan to determine the general topographic features. And, with Photo realistic I have a hard time saying "This is a Swamp" and "That is a forest", and "Those are hills" and "These are Mountains".

Understand, this is not a negative critique, but an explanation to you (and others) my criticism of the Photo Realistic map, and why I have aproblems distinguishing terrain features.

dorpond
09-12-2008, 01:11 PM
This map is coming alone nicely! It doesn't show in the thumbnail but you have some nice details in there! Keep it coming!

Lord
09-24-2008, 09:18 PM
I wished to continue this map, but real life got in the way. Looking forward to voting and entering the next one though.

mmmmmpig
09-25-2008, 04:02 AM
Stooopid real life and its obstacling!