View Full Version : October Entry - Trade Routes of Takota Basin

Steel General
10-14-2009, 01:57 PM
Early WIP - mostly just the basic terrain features, etc.

I hope to have a bit of a back story as well.

Feel free to leave C&C.

### Latest WIP ###

10-14-2009, 03:20 PM
hope to have a bit of a back story

*eager lurk*

10-14-2009, 04:32 PM
I want to live in the Black Hills of South Takota.

10-14-2009, 04:35 PM
Nice start. I like how there is a barely visible shelf under the water near the shore line.

Steel General
10-14-2009, 06:43 PM
@Immolate - No Black Hills, but there may be some Gold ones :)

@Nolgroth - Thanks...it's my take on Ascension's continental shelf in his Atlas tutorial

@töff (http://www.cartographersguild.com/member.php?u=1221) - That'll probably be the last thing I do, even if it's only a short paragraph

10-14-2009, 10:45 PM
@ Immolate: LOL.

This is a great start SG, I love the textures (of course) :)

Can't wait to see more.

10-14-2009, 11:03 PM
Looks like a good start to me. Kinda reminds me of the Black Sea.


Steel General
10-15-2009, 12:06 PM
@Gidde & Roger - Thanks...now I need to find a nice set of icons/symbols to use...ugh!

10-15-2009, 03:22 PM
Yay, I was worried at the start of this month that this comp would have a low take up, but how wrong I was!!!

Great to see you puttin in an entry, SG!

Steel General
10-16-2009, 07:16 AM
Thanks Ravs! I had thrown away a couple of ideas before settling on this one (I still may come back to the 'Creature Emporium' idea someday :)).

But if I don't find some good symbols to use for the various resources, this is never going to get done. :?:

Steel General
10-22-2009, 01:51 PM
OK, finally had some more time to get something done on this.

1) Added resource and city symbols/icons
2) Added map key in lower right corner
3) Added basic land-based trade routes (may still add more)

To do:

1) Sea routes - not looking forward to this part :P
2) Labeling, labeling, labeling
3) Compass rose and scale

Feel free to leave C&C, etc.

### Latest WIP ###

10-22-2009, 02:13 PM
Nice icons, where did you find them?

10-22-2009, 02:14 PM
I had to work hard to find these, but I did manage to spot a few C&C concerns.

The blue ingot (iron) on a quick glance-over looked like an oddly shaped lake at first. but that's so minor as to be barely mentionable. The larger concern along those lines would the be coal icon. Besides thinking it was Amethyst before looking at the legend (once again, barely worth mentioning), i did find it blended into the hills somewhat, being a little hard to make out, especially in the location on the southeast peninsula.

I really have to say though, I love this, and I'm looking forward to seeing it with the embellishments :)

Steel General
10-22-2009, 03:24 PM
@Gandwarf - The animal & city icons are actually font characters ('Animals' & 'wmshapes' I think) I got them from DaFont.com. The rest is just free clip-art.

@Coyotemax - Thanks...I'm not thrilled with the coal icon either - but I was sick of looking having spent good chunks of the past week or so trying. I may adjust the Iron icon and make it a little more gray *shrugs* we'll see.

Steel General
10-23-2009, 12:32 PM
Well I've taken this about as far as I'll have time for, but I am reasonable happy with it.

Today I added the labels, scale, compass rose, sea and lesser land routes. I tried doing arcing lines for the Sea Routes but it was to much work. I moved the title from the lower left into the middle to fill up the large empty space that was there.

In case anyone wonders, there is a method to the city names. the prefix for each (except for the capital) is the name of the emperor/etc. at the time of the city's founding.

Feel free to leave C&C though as mentioned above I won't have time for updates until after the deadline.

### Latest WIP ###

10-23-2009, 04:20 PM
I think you've found the perfect forests for your style. The hills look good too. All I can think of is that you need more of a varying elevation on the grasslands and then you're set...style-wise. Looks nice.

10-23-2009, 06:02 PM
What is this "reasonable" thing you speak of?

Seriously, lovely work SG!

Steel General
10-24-2009, 08:42 AM
Thanks folks...

@Ascension - Yeah I was pretty happy with the trees - just hope I can replicate the process :D. I purposely kept the lands somewhat flat without any large mountain ranges, etc. But I see what you mean.

@Immolate - 'reasonable' - 'reasonably'... the god of Typo's cursed me again :)

10-24-2009, 02:51 PM
Lol I wasn't dogging on your grammer. I was questioning this concept of "reasonable" that you were bandying about. I have not heard of this thing. It sounds dangerous.

Steel General
10-24-2009, 03:16 PM
Oh it is dangerous, I flirt with it all the time.