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Torq
11-05-2008, 03:19 PM
Hi all. This is a map for a part of a fantasy world I am putting together. I am trying a new style with the very washed out pallette in an effort to make the map clearer and more informative. Maps like this are going to be used to explain the historical devleopment of the world so as to provide a context for a "current" world map that will be in a more arty style. Please let me know what you think. Any comments and crits would be welcomed.

Torq

Redrobes
11-05-2008, 03:23 PM
Its very nice - almost handsome. ;)

Torq
11-05-2008, 03:28 PM
I actually was contemplating going back and editing my post after I saw it dsiplayed with the attachment, just to say that I hadn't realised how much I've been influenced by HandsomeRob's atlas until right now. But then again thats me, a kind of cartogrpahical hermit crab, trying different shells. I'm still after your beaches Red ;).

Torq

Ghostman
11-05-2008, 04:54 PM
What's with the "river" north from Almashys connecting the two bodies of water? I thought that it might be a canal, but why on earth would anyone dig a canal in a place like that, when you appear to have a natural channel just a short way to the west? Also, what are all those triangles? Mountains maybe?

I like the style and look of the map. Changing the font could go a long ways toward giving it more of a fantasy feel, if that's your goal.

Steel General
11-05-2008, 05:48 PM
I like this, and was going to say it has a very 'atlas-like' style to it, but you beat me to it. :)

I'm also curious as to what the triangles are supposed to represent.

Gowienczyk
11-05-2008, 06:20 PM
I like this, and was going to say it has a very 'atlas-like' style to it, but you beat me to it. :)

I'm also curious as to what the triangles are supposed to represent.

My guess is outposts and camps.

Torq
11-06-2008, 02:10 AM
The triangles are ruins. The different colours represent ruins from different historical epochs. The red ones are ancient statutes of dragons, now weathered beyond recognition, that used to mark the boundary of an ancient kingdom.

There has recently (about 500 years ago) been a catastrophic flood of biblical proportions. This has altered much of the original geography. The Ashor Sea is largely a flood creation and some of the original watercourses have, as yet not completely eroded away. One of these is the canal which used to form part of a more complex river system, but now forms an extra link with the wider channel between the seas. Those to channels will eventually erode away the area between them turning it into an island.

Torq

Gandwarf
11-06-2008, 06:05 AM
I agree, the map has a realistic feel to it (something I would expect in an atlas). Very wel done!

The only thing that looks weird to me is the positioning of the text "Huidas". I probably would have positioned it horizontally.

ravells
11-07-2008, 12:53 PM
The mountains and forests really rock. Beautiful work, Torq. I almost prefer this to your usual style, the understatement makes it really easy on the eye and makes the labels the centre of attention.

torstan
11-07-2008, 02:12 PM
Its lovely, and the colour palette is really great.

I'm curious about the dry river in the SE - was that intentional?

I'd also recommend emphasising the mountain shading a little more - I found them a little too subtle to pick out.

Otherwise - very lovely indeed. You certainly deserve rep for this one.

Karro
11-07-2008, 05:35 PM
Its lovely, and the colour palette is really great.

I'm curious about the dry river in the SE - was that intentional?

I'd also recommend emphasising the mountain shading a little more - I found them a little too subtle to pick out.

Otherwise - very lovely indeed. You certainly deserve rep for this one.

I agree that the mountains (and also forests) are perhaps a little too subtle. But you can't amp it up too much, or it'll mess with the overall style and palette of the map. But perhaps it could be tweaked ever-so-slightly?

Even so, it's a very nice looking map!

Also: I too noticed the dry riverbed...