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08-08-2007, 04:11 PM
OK, my inspiration is the Antikethira Device (spelling is wrong, I'm sure) - I plan to create a compass rose with a marine motif, corroded bronze and gold, maybe a sea dragon surrounding or Poseidon or Mermaids as part of the design

With the device in mind, I plan to incorporate some "unknown" gears and mechanisms behind the rose, as if it helps drive this "machine rose compass"

I might also include some coral encrustations, barnacle and other "build up from the bottom of the sea"

Why you ask - I don't know, just something I want to try.

Of course, I will be using Xara to composite the entirety, but may also include some 3D content, especially for the ocean motif objects in design.

We'll see what happens... oh, and rather than a simple WIP, I might create a complete multipage tutorial PDF - Creating a Compass Rose in Xara from Scratch!

08-08-2007, 05:13 PM
Fantastic! I'm looking forward to seeing it!

08-11-2007, 08:36 PM
OK, I call this my "Sea Rose"

I slightly altered what I planned on creating only, because I didn't like the results. I settled for dolphins for my sea creatures and worked with corroded bronze gold effect - also dropped the Antikethyra device, it didn't work. I also didn't get as "natural" with bottom debris - big ideas, not enough time.

Still I am happy with results - this is a combination of 3D design (dolphins and the trident only), the rest was generated within Xara Xtreme.

It is a transparent PNG file at 96 dpi

Anybody got a map I can place this to show it off better?

I will post a tutorial for this on Monday.


08-11-2007, 09:04 PM
Nicely done. I like the combo of 3d elements and 2d elements. Would look great on top of a sea texture I think. Maybe one of Pyrandon's maps with a sea background...I dunno hehe.

08-11-2007, 10:56 PM
Very nice, Gameprinter. I like it!

08-12-2007, 02:47 AM
Excellent! I love the verdigris colour you've used.


08-12-2007, 03:41 AM
Actually when I post the tutorial on Monday (or Sunday) I might add one more detail to tie the East, West, and outer green gems together - a ring of seaweed, so the rose is one connected object.

The texture I created for the dolphins, I used to fill the central stars to keep the color consistent.

Thanks! :)

08-12-2007, 04:26 PM
A corner of Greyhawk...


08-13-2007, 02:16 AM
The tutorial I promised using Xara Xtreme to create my "Sea Rose" design is now ready for viewing/downloading.

The entire design of the sea rose, took me about an hour and a half from start to finish.

This tutorial was completely generated in Xara as well, including its final PDF format. This tutorial took about as long to create as the compass rose itself.

Without further adieu...