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Sapiento
10-11-2009, 09:06 AM
A map of Mars in an universe where the ether theory is a fact and space cruisers travel to the planets since 1870.

Made in Photoshop. Engravings and reliefs.

For everyone who is interested in the Martian: here (http://sapiento.deviantart.com/art/Martian-Warrior-138833618) as black outline, here (http://sapiento.deviantart.com/art/Martian-Warrior-Coloured-138952370) in a coloured version.

Steel General
10-11-2009, 09:48 AM
Neat idea Sapiento...

Coyotemax
10-11-2009, 12:29 PM
That came out rather nicely!

Jeff_Wilson63
10-11-2009, 07:43 PM
Very nice. Would you mind if I snatched this and made a few changes for my Pladone (http://www.monticello21st.com/rpg/nf_race.html#Pladone) world of Eda (http://www.monticello21st.com/rpg/nf_setti.html#Eda)? (N'Ferra is a world where ether theory is a fact, and ether cruisers have been traveling between planets for a couple of centuries now.)

I Killed Kenny
10-11-2009, 09:50 PM
Sapieto, cool map...

Question, are you Syt?

Sapiento
10-12-2009, 01:48 AM
Syt??? No.

Sapiento
10-12-2009, 01:49 AM
Very nice. Would you mind if I snatched this and made a few changes for my Pladone (http://www.monticello21st.com/rpg/nf_race.html#Pladone) world of Eda (http://www.monticello21st.com/rpg/nf_setti.html#Eda)? (N'Ferra is a world where ether theory is a fact, and ether cruisers have been traveling between planets for a couple of centuries now.)

If you give me credit, no problem.

töff
10-12-2009, 11:15 AM
The Esturary Police do not like this map (and the River Police should be here shortly with a binload of warrants).

However, despite the fact that I am the sole officer of the Estuary Police, I dig this map very much! The Central Empire seems to be on the wane -- I bet there's a cool story behind that. This map makes me want to buy a ticket on the next steam rocket and get up there to explore!

I think your water gives too much of an impression of ice. It can't be ice, because you have rivers ... but we all know Mars has a polar cap and so I think the first impressions here is of ice. I think bevel effect hurts it; in fact, the bevel is a bit obvious all the way around.

Gidde
10-12-2009, 11:41 AM
I think that any map of a terraformed Mars is pretty much doomed to have some serious river violations. That said though, 60 years to full terraforming and population? If you are going to use a timescale that small, then I'd actually delete all of your "natural" rivers and replace them with existing formations or man-made canals etc. 60 years (and much of that would have had to be taken up with terraforming the place) doesn't seem to me to be enough time for riverbeds of the type we're familiar with to get carved out.

Guess I've pretty much outed myself as a "hard" sci-fi lover hehe. If you're going for something softer, you can probably disregard all that and chalk it up to the Force or some such :)

Sapiento
10-12-2009, 12:21 PM
The Esturary Police do not like this map (and the River Police should be here shortly with a binload of warrants).

However, despite the fact that I am the sole officer of the Estuary Police, I dig this map very much! The Central Empire seems to be on the wane -- I bet there's a cool story behind that. This map makes me want to buy a ticket on the next steam rocket and get up there to explore!

I think your water gives too much of an impression of ice. It can't be ice, because you have rivers ... but we all know Mars has a polar cap and so I think the first impressions here is of ice. I think bevel effect hurts it; in fact, the bevel is a bit obvious all the way around.

Thanks. Maybe I can organize a ticket for you. ;)
I used metal textures for both water and land (some steel and copper) which was my intention from the beginning - a map made from metal. The bevel effects - well, maybe to much, but I wanted the parts where different metals meet to be visible, like some form of unclean marquetry, otherwise the metal idea would not clearly be visible.
Concerning the 'rivers': many of them are canals dig by the ancient Martians and not natural - you may have noted that some of them are completely straight.
A visitor from Earth in this universe would have known the oceans of Mars before, because good telescopes could make out the details quite good.


I think that any map of a terraformed Mars is pretty much doomed to have some serious river violations. That said though, 60 years to full terraforming and population? If you are going to use a timescale that small, then I'd actually delete all of your "natural" rivers and replace them with existing formations or man-made canals etc. 60 years (and much of that would have had to be taken up with terraforming the place) doesn't seem to me to be enough time for riverbeds of the type we're familiar with to get carved out.

Guess I've pretty much outed myself as a "hard" sci-fi lover hehe. If you're going for something softer, you can probably disregard all that and chalk it up to the Force or some such :)

Canals, canals, canals! ;) The humans met native Martians (left upper part of the map) who have a long history of rises and falls, and who once built the great canals. The last empires are crumbling and city states become the dominant form of government.
And hard sci-fi is always good!:D

rdanhenry
10-12-2009, 09:32 PM
I like the Martian. Was he hand-drawn and scanned in or created on computer?

I also like the metal map look. It gives it a very different look; I can imagine that this is a traditional Martian map style.

Sapiento
10-12-2009, 11:15 PM
I like the Martian. Was he hand-drawn and scanned in or created on computer?

I also like the metal map look. It gives it a very different look; I can imagine that this is a traditional Martian map style.

Thank you. Hand drawn and scanned.
The different look was exactly what I aimed for; seems I achieved this goal. :)

Gidde
10-13-2009, 09:20 AM
Aha! Native martians was the piece of the puzzle I had been missing. So no terraforming required :)