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Gamerprinter
11-05-2008, 03:33 AM
Alliance Classified Brief
From: The Bureau of Naval Intelligence

The vessel, an Assassin class Scout ship, called the Icarus is believed to have been converted into a smuggler small merchantman. The vessel has no known direct weaponry hardpoints. It is armed with a Tyros class EMP generator, Shinobi 9000 ECM and a yet to be determined short range cloaking device that has allowed it to evade Alliance Patrol Cruisers along the Spinward Fringe.

The Icarus is believed to be a runner (messenger/smuggler) for the Asahi Shogunate, through a Yakuza surrogate.

The following is a map depicting the suspected starlane used by the Icarus, based on ground intelligence by the Forward Group.

Please stand by for further updates.

Admiral Halleran Keeps
Bureau of Naval Intelligence
Criminal Investigative Division

OK, that was fun! I, like many so far mentioned, have never created a Space Map of any kind, before. So I'm experimenting just like you. I plan to place insets of orbital (and other) views of each landing site, probably 3D imagery of depicted sites.

As described in the background detail above, this is a map used by the Criminal Investigation Division of Alliance Naval Intelligence, so its not intended for use as a navigational tool, so much as an investigative one.

I used my old 3D app, Raydream Studio to create the nebula cloud effects and the basis for the galactic sideview. Then I did some post-editing in Photoshop, added some noise for more stars, as well as painted in a few. I then imported to Xara Xtreme, added the stars with the crosses in the nebula, as well as applied a cloud transparency filter on the galaxy. The borders and titling in Xara as well.

Lots to do: the inset images and descriptions, coordinates, site names, perhaps a grid, and a legend in that striped section at the bottom of the map.

GP

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Steel General
11-05-2008, 07:44 AM
That didn't take you long! :D

Looking forward to see where you take this.

bryguy
11-05-2008, 10:32 AM
uh oh, i better hurry with my project, the entries keep looking more and more like mine!



this one looking very much like mine!



but i love the whole 'side view of the galaxy' thing. But wheres the core? must large galaxies have a large black hole at the very center (the milky way galaxy has a black hole 4 trillion times the size of our sun) that is not actually sucking in anything.



And also, there seems to be to many stars on the outside of the galaxy. I read somewhere (sometime yesterday i think) that there are rarely and stars in the void (for lack of better wording) between galaxies. So not very often would you find stars outside of a galaxy, but you seem to have quite a bit. Your more likely to see other galaxies.


Looking great tho!

Gamerprinter
11-05-2008, 10:36 AM
I'll post a thumbnail of where on this galaxy this view is located. This is not outside that galaxy, rather, it is on the end of one of the outward spirals, looking inward toward the galactic core.

Although it seems to be outside the galaxy, its not - its on the Spinward Fringe.... perhaps I should improve this effect...

GP

Gamerprinter
11-05-2008, 07:43 PM
Next update on the Icarus Star Lanes map. I created two 3D view insets. I will create 3 more and place them. I also plan to create a top/side view of the Icarus smuggler vessel in the top left area of the map. I may place a few images of suspects and contacts at the bottom.

I'll create a much larger dimension and resolution map at the finish. I've got a few more days of work, before I declare this complete!

GP

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Steel General
11-05-2008, 10:16 PM
Cool stuff as always GP.

Sagenlicht
11-06-2008, 08:02 AM
Great improvement GP, now this is really looking nice :)

Gamerprinter
11-07-2008, 02:30 AM
This map is moving along quite well, maybe 2 more days (?)

I made some color changes, I thought the green contrasts well with the orange and gives a bit more pop overall. I added an inset for the Asahi Shogunate 24th Mirai fleet at the end of the Star Lane. I added some suspects at the bottom - so far, the beautiful Casandra Ley, former BNI agent turned renegade...

In many ways this map is the detail necessary for a Sci-Fi adventure - suspects, vessels, points of destination on a known path - everything you'd need to run game!

GP

PS: had problems uploading this file, so I tried on a different slower PC and it worked (?!)

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Steel General
11-07-2008, 07:35 AM
I agree the green definitely works better - continued coolness!

joćo paulo
11-07-2008, 08:11 AM
I like the red planet,waiting to see the next two tables!

ravells
11-07-2008, 08:33 AM
I really like the green too. Excellent entry, GP!

Ascension
11-07-2008, 04:44 PM
I'm wanting to see what becomes of the portraits at the bottom...are they the escapees that Icarus has to apprehend? If so I'll volunteer to keep watch over that Taylor Swift-lookin prisoner ;)

Gamerprinter
11-07-2008, 07:08 PM
The Icarus is a smuggler scout vessel of unknown ownership and suspected of passing classified military secrets of the Alliance to the Shogunate. Casandra Ley, was a former Lieutenant of BNI, but has disappeared from radar and suspected of supplying the classified secrets to the Icarus pilot, who is believed to be trading this information to the Shogunate through a Yakuza surrogate. (All have already been said...)

The good guys would be aboard an Alliance Patrol Cruiser, not pictured here. This is an investigators tool to find the culprits sought by BNI.

Next update - I supplied the rest of the suspects involved, along with a top/side/front view of the Icarus at the top left corner of the map.

Will try to finish this weekend.

GP

PS: yes, Ascension, you can watch, but don't touch! :D

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Sagenlicht
11-07-2008, 09:22 PM
I wasnt sure about changing to green first GP, but now I have to say its really fitting :)

Gamerprinter
11-08-2008, 02:59 PM
And finally, I am complete with the November Challenge map!

The last two insets - Titania Belt is an asteroid belt in the nebula with a station located on one asteroid. The second inset is a moonlike world with the space colony I just created and posted in the Mapping Elements forum, but rendered at an oblique angle, instead.

That's it! Good luck to everyone this month!

GP

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nolgroth
11-10-2008, 02:39 PM
Very nice looking map. I like the details.

ravells
11-10-2008, 02:43 PM
I really like the story this tells. It's like a 1970's SF movie poster or a hand out for a traveller RPG scenario.

Gamerprinter
11-10-2008, 02:54 PM
I really like the story this tells. It's like a 1970's SF movie poster or a hand out for a traveller RPG scenario.

I am totally in agreement with you Ravs, on both points. The truth is I am really more of an artist than a scientist. In school, I was great in art, history, english, earth sciences, even the non-mathmatical portions of astronomy (is there such a thing?) but at math - I suck.

So I was more reluctant to create these accurate starsystem/galaxy models that exist in many of the other maps. Even using reasonable location markers is really outside my skills or interest.

Instead I created a plauseable storyline in the form of a map that users to game whether a Traveller scenario, or even a screen on a video game prior to actual play, can use.

It isn't the amazing scientific creations by everyone else, rather its a story in map form - or a poster, certainly!

GP

nolgroth
11-10-2008, 02:59 PM
Hey that makes it cool too. It still conveys a sci-fi story without the precise astronomical units.

Steel General
11-10-2008, 03:43 PM
I'm with you GP, I'd say I'm definitely more the artist than scientist...all that high-end math makes my brain hurt, though I did stumble thru Calc in college. :)

Ascension
11-10-2008, 07:30 PM
I really like the idea of telling a story with a map...truly a unique idea that I've never thought of. I try to convey a feeling of emotion with mine. So I guess that puts me in the artist category as well since I had to take Algebra 3 times just to get the passing grade of C but never got less than A in those same similar classes to yours. I wonder if we all here are more or less like that?

Gamerprinter
11-10-2008, 08:25 PM
I think we got a thorough mix here, as Torstan, for sure is a scientist. All those programmers making GIMP scripts are more mathematic than I. Heck, Arcana is an engineer. So you and I may be artists and all of us have some artist in us, but some have more science than others.

GP

Steel General
11-10-2008, 08:46 PM
After some thought I think I'd place myself somewhere in the middle with a lean more towards the artistic - even though I am a programmer by trade I originally wanted to be a graphic artist. Ahh, the long, lost dreams of youth. :)

Sagenlicht
11-11-2008, 07:54 AM
I think we got a thorough mix here, as Torstan, for sure is a scientist. All those programmers making GIMP scripts are more mathematic than I. Heck, Arcana is an engineer. So you and I may be artists and all of us have some artist in us, but some have more science than others.

GP

Heh GP, while I do some programming I actually always had troubles with my math :)

I think all of us are at least a bit of an artist or we wouldnt be here doing maps :) Being creativ is being an artist imo. If you design some nice gears/clocks as keys or if you can handdraw some fine maps in the end its about creativity and art :) The way doesnt matter in the end if someone likes your result :)

Gamerprinter
11-13-2008, 02:30 PM
I was looking at the background (galaxy) of the map and noticed some problems with the blend between solid black and starfield, so I repaired that section. I added an Alliance logo to the bottom right of the map for a finishing element. Still needs work though.

For extra credit, I created a map object of the Icarus ship and I also created a single deckplan for the Icarus as well. Enjoy!

GP

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Steel General
11-13-2008, 03:04 PM
Nice additions to an already fantastic piece of work.

joćo paulo
11-15-2008, 08:45 AM
It seems to me perfect for the competition.
Very professional, too.

mmmmmpig
11-20-2008, 02:55 PM
Quality stuff as usual. very concise presentation of a load of information