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rlucci
03-17-2009, 06:24 PM
Hey all. Long time, no post! I'm sure you can all relate though - too many projects and not nearly enough free time.

But by way of one of those aforementioned projects, I've been learning how to whip together dimetric projection maps. This one was my first effort that involved multiple levels. I thought it turned out pretty neat even if it's just a simple line drawing. So, I thought I'd post it to give you guys a peek at what I've been up to.

Oh, I did the whole thing in Microsoft Visio, if you can believe it. I've been using that cursed program for years and have become fairly adept at navigating it's... idiosyncrasies.

-RLucci

ravells
03-17-2009, 06:29 PM
Wow, that looks truly fantastic!!! More! More..(have some rep) More!!

Gandwarf
03-17-2009, 07:37 PM
Yeah, very cool indeed. This is giving me tons on inspiration :)
Have some more rep.

Steel General
03-17-2009, 08:21 PM
Very cool and also very well done! *bonk*

Redrobes
03-17-2009, 10:13 PM
Bonkety bonk. Wow real nice and Visio - you brave brave man. That's like writing a book in Word. There's a whole section in the Geneva Convention specifically outlawing the use of Office outside of software companies cube farms which as we all know are way beyond the reach of basic human rights....

(Hah just read the PM of India had to dump Outlook today... took him that long to realize then !)

Makes me wonder what you would do with a tool like sketchup or a nice 3D app.

Ascension
03-17-2009, 11:55 PM
I'll hop on the rep train as well...very nice. I like the winches for the portcullises.

NeonKnight
03-18-2009, 02:58 AM
Always last to the party :(

Have some rep ;)

Gandwarf
03-18-2009, 08:40 AM
Bonkety bonk. Wow real nice and Visio - you brave brave man. That's like writing a book in Word.

Ehh... what's wrong with writing a book in Word? I am doing just that :D

overlordchuck
03-18-2009, 12:37 PM
Ehh... what's wrong with writing a book in Word? I am doing just that

As am I. I see nothing wrong with Word.

methodermis
04-16-2009, 04:48 AM
Visio, interesting! Also, nothing wrong with Word.. I think a funnier analogy would be "like trying to write a book with MS Paint"

Very cool gatehouse, a real sense of.. realness. I think it would be short work to whip it up in Google Sketchup for some perspective and alternate views as well.

The Good Doctor
04-16-2009, 08:06 AM
Awesome map. My only suggestion is to change the ballistas and trebuchet positions on the 5th and 6th floors. Ballistas are direct fire weapons. Trebuchets are indirect fire weapons requiring a lot of overhead for tossing the missile into the air. Unless your ceilings are over 10m in height ...

Naeddyr
04-16-2009, 08:32 AM
This is awesome, reminds me a lot of kid's books with castle cut outs (and adult's beech as well :D).

ravells
04-16-2009, 07:48 PM
I think the trebuchet on the 5th floor would be positioned on the open section between the two towers.

rlucci
04-18-2009, 03:08 AM
Very cool gatehouse, a real sense of.. realness. I think it would be short work to whip it up in Google Sketchup for some perspective and alternate views as well.

Thanks. Actually the initial comments from Redrobes for this very same map convinced me to try Sketchup. I'm now a die-hard Sketchup fanatic. I look at this now and just shake my head at how much effort I put into it and how much easier it would have been with Sketchup. Here's a link to a more recent map I did -- this time with Sketchup.

http://www.rlucci.com/images/wharfmastermanor.jpg

It took me about half the time I put into the gatehouse. I can hardly believe it's only been about a month since I posted this.


Awesome map. My only suggestion is to change the ballistas and trebuchet positions on the 5th and 6th floors. Ballistas are direct fire weapons. Trebuchets are indirect fire weapons requiring a lot of overhead for tossing the missile into the air. Unless your ceilings are over 10m in height ...

Ravells is correct, my intention was to have the trebuchet between the two towers which would give it all the headroom it needed. But your observation brings to light the confusion this format can cause. Maybe I should revisit this map...

Gandwarf
04-18-2009, 07:30 AM
Here's a link to a more recent map I did -- this time with Sketchup.

http://www.rlucci.com/images/wharfmastermanor.jpg


Very nice map you have there. Some nice architecture also.
Have some rep. You should think about showing the image in a seperate thread on this forum. That might convert some more people to Sketchup ;)

(edit: been surfing your site and apparently you like to draw women? :D very nice work)

Blaidd Drwg
04-20-2009, 04:21 PM
I thought it turned out pretty neat even if it's just a simple line drawing.I think that's precisely why it is so neat. Simplicity has a charm of its own. I've always liked drawings such as this one, ever since a studied architecture. Makes me wanna play with autocad again. :)

And D&D too. A combat encounter in and around the gatehouse could be pretty good. Especially with players defending it. Mine always get ****ed when they need to attack too heavily defended areas :D

Rep to you!