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mox404
05-03-2009, 02:35 AM
Working on this new town and just wanted some feedback. Thanks.

Ascension
05-03-2009, 02:48 AM
Very cool. Not only do you have that CC3 look (without using CC3) but you've gotten depth with those cliffs.

Gandwarf
05-03-2009, 06:02 AM
Actually, I think he is using CD3 for the basis and then using Illustrator to spice things up.
EDIT: I have been comparing some maps, and I guess you don't use CD3? You got me confused :D Ignore my next question if you do not use CD3.

Anyway, very nice looking. The cliffs are certainly far more spectacular than anything I have been able to pull off. Could you post a version of this map how it looks in CD3, so we can compare? I am very interested to see how the cliffs looks in CD3 (to see how much post work you done on them).

The layout is also very nice. Seeing cliffs like these and a river, I would love to see another river coming from the cliffs and merging with the main body of water. This would of course mean a waterfall :D
Maybe you could also add a watermill, like I recently did in my Groenwoud map.

Great stuff!

ravells
05-03-2009, 06:06 AM
Looking fab! The only crit I have is the road from the town to the castle interferes with the cliff effect, I'd be tempted to have the road snaking off picture from the town and then another road snaking into the castle from the same side of the image. Nice work!

Katto
05-03-2009, 07:46 AM
Great map mox!

I like the layout and the stone texture you have used. In my opinion the fields are a bit too blurry.

Steel General
05-03-2009, 09:13 AM
Nice work...

Feralspirit
05-03-2009, 12:40 PM
Looking very nice, great layout. I'm just a little distracted that your pond has no inlet or outlet. The addition of one, the other, or both would , IMO, be an improvement.
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Add a smaller course roughly perpendicular to the present river, run through the pond, add a bridge or two over it (as needed), cut some fields minimally, add irrigation ditches from new course. (My .02, sorry to be a pain in the a**)

Gandwarf
05-03-2009, 05:40 PM
Could be a small pond that is fed by rain and ground water, though?

Ascension
05-03-2009, 06:18 PM
As the officer on duty I'll say that this is fine...spring-fed pond. We've got them all over the place here where I live.

Feralspirit
05-03-2009, 08:27 PM
Sorry, I didn't mean to imply that my recommendations must be followed. I've seen spring-fed ponds (don't remember how many of those didn't have at least an outlet, but I guess it's possible). Even if the pond were in definate river-violation territory, the map is still mox404's province, his to do with as he pleases. From my viewpoint, I find a pond connected to a river system more aesthetically pleasing than a landlocked one. Again, I apologize, and if, as has happened before, the cartographer chooses to ignore my recommendation, for whatever reason, that's ok. It was just my .02, nothing more. Pretty much everything I say shouldn't be taken any more seriously than that.

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ok, I hope that didn't sound like a rant or a tirade, I really do like the mapCHEERS, :)
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edit; I've decided that the preceeding post did indeed sound like a rant (after Gandwarf and Ascension were soo peaceable with their comments), so again I apologze. :oops:

Gandwarf
05-04-2009, 09:24 AM
Sorry, I didn't mean to imply that my recommendations must be followed. I've seen spring-fed ponds (don't remember how many of those didn't have at least an outlet, but I guess it's possible). Even if the pond were in definate river-violation territory, the map is still mox404's province, his to do with as he pleases. From my viewpoint, I find a pond connected to a river system more aesthetically pleasing than a landlocked one. Again, I apologize, and if, as has happened before, the cartographer chooses to ignore my recommendation, for whatever reason, that's ok. It was just my .02, nothing more. Pretty much everything I say shouldn't be taken any more seriously than that.

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ok, I hope that didn't sound like a rant or a tirade, I really do like the mapCHEERS, :)
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edit; I've decided that the preceeding post did indeed sound like a rant (after Gandwarf and Ascension were soo peaceable with their comments), so again I apologze. :oops:

No need to apologise, really!
We all have our opinions and I certainly did not think your opinion was invalid, hostile, etc. I just wanted to give another take.

Ascension
05-04-2009, 09:31 AM
It's no big deal Feral :)

Phantos
05-04-2009, 04:59 PM
Love the layout of this town.

Sigurd
05-04-2009, 06:19 PM
Considering the needs of the all the people in the town its quite likely that the pond just gets drunk up before it can flow anywhere else. Spring water vs river water - no contest.


Sigurd

mox404
05-04-2009, 07:11 PM
First, thanks for the comments and suggestions. And now I'd like clear up a question or two. Gandwarf, I do use CD3 to get the basic layout, roads, rivers, lakes ect. I then recreate the basic layout in Illustrator and add the fields. Next, I bring it all into Photoshop and add the building ,which I also created in Photoshop, and add textures and effects. Definitely more work, but I thinks it's worth it in the end.

As for the cliffs, I have never attempted cliffs or any type of mountain in CD3, so I have no version with cliffs to show. I had the idea when experimenting with making hills in Photoshop.

Gandwarf I liked the idea about a second river and waterfall. I am working on that and will post that version when I am finished.

mox404
05-04-2009, 07:15 PM
Ravells thanks of the great idea about the road to the castle. I have incorporated that idea in the newest version, and will post after I am finished with the waterfall idea from gandwarf.