View Full Version : The Dark Lands

12-20-2009, 04:21 AM
Well, here it is. It's possible there could be some edits further down the line, but that will be production decisions as storyline details for the world change around. For all intents and purposes, I'm considering this done as of now. This map has been intentionally left without towns/cities/forts/interesting locations by request (this will allow individuals running their own campaigns within the setting to work things around as they see fit)

This map is Copyright 2009 by Tin Hill Press, though by posting it here, it is also available for personal use if anyone has a use for it :)

As noted in the WIP thread, this is a dark world (hence the name) with horror and demonic elements going hand in hand. With that in mind, I was going for a necronomicon type feel to it, with the inked in blood effect being the driving force behind the drawing style. I also worked in quite a few subtle background elements that did not appear in the WIP thread. The fonts used are EVA Hand for the border and background elements, and Bardic for the readable lettering. Mountains/Hills are partially hand drawn, partially from brushes I created from my Barovia map. Evergreen trees are from brushes created for this map, and the deciduous trees are either my trees (brushes from the Barovia map) or Ramah's - I lost track and at this scale, I honestly can't tell them apart :) Texturework is from my scanned tea/coffee/whatever stained paper series. Artwork used is either original (scale, compass rose, some of the background symbols) or gathered from clipart sites. Oh, and names used in the map are not my own, they were provided to me :)

Ok, so enjoy!

Steel General
12-20-2009, 08:05 AM
Great work as always C-max!

12-20-2009, 08:11 AM
Mountains and trees look lovely, labeling is clear and appropriately fonted and the texture work is subtle yet very effective. I LOVE YOUR BLOOD INK EFFECT. The little details, like the upside down lovecraft monster for your scale and the Baphomet compass really bring it all together and add great atmosphere. Heck the whole thing is oozing atmosphere.

I don't think theres a single thing i dislike about this map except for the names(minor gripe, I just don't like seeing every location begin with "the" and end with "lands")

Absolutely stunning map and great achievement. You have my five stars.

12-20-2009, 08:11 AM

That reminds me, the one thing I forgot to say in the original post..

thanks to everyone on the site for encouragement and feedback, but special mention to Steel General, Ascension, Ramah, landorl, and Locution, for specific helpful bits!

12-20-2009, 08:30 AM
This map turned out great! A piece to be proud of indeed.

12-20-2009, 10:40 AM
I'd like to see you take a crack at towns and labels and such just to give us an idea of where you think it could go and sort of serve as a template for those wanting to do their own labels and such...but I know you're currently indisposed so, shrug. Nice work, bro.

12-20-2009, 10:49 AM
That was my suggestion, initially, but it got shot down :)
I might play around and mock up a few things later on, but for the moment I need to move on to some other projects.

12-22-2009, 07:27 PM
Very cool.

12-22-2009, 08:38 PM
Well done , awesome job i love the look on this one, i agree that you should label this one so the theme of the names match the style you have created here. this is one of my fav maps and i think the players in my group will be visiting this dark world real soon Mawhahahahaha (evil laugh that was lol :) )

oh and repped for a great job too

12-23-2009, 06:04 PM
What a fantastic map!

It's giving me a very Tolkien feel

12-24-2009, 11:35 AM
Sweet! Very Ramah on this one CM, and that is the highest praise I can think of. My only complaints are the font used for the countries doesn't really gel for me for some reason that I can't articulate, and the labels for the seas just seem too crisp, like they were layered atop the map and not really a part of it. Perhaps a little blur and an opacity reduction.

I've made a couple of attempts at copying Ramah's style that didn't "catch", but obviously you've overcome at least some of the obstacles. Nicely done sir.

12-24-2009, 04:25 PM
thank you for the feedback. now that you mention it, i probably should do something about the water labels. I was orignally going to do them with the same blood effect as the land labels, but I just couldn't get it to look right, and I was moderately happy with this.

I'll putter and see what happens :)

12-25-2009, 04:45 PM
Nice work, dude. VERY nice work.