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01-24-2010, 09:47 AM
This map was commissioned as a gift for Brian Libby (http://www.filedby.com/author/brian_libby/2049395/), the author of Storm Approaching : Part One of MERCENARIES.

Storm Approaching is the first volume in the Mercenaries series: rulers, diplomats, knights, soldiers of fortune, and an adventuresome young woman in a medieval world.

Andiriel, befriended by a knight of the illustrious Sovereign Order, enters the Order's auxiliary services and finds herself on a strange mission leading to a challenging future in a job she hardly expects.

For those interested in a good Fantasy read, i will also bring across the following info:

My books are available at www.authorhouse.com (http://www.authorhouse.com/), at Amazon, and at Barnes&Noble.
Storm Approaching: Part One of Mercenaries
Author: Brian Libby
ISBN: 143894778X
ISBN: 9781438947785
(Note if you do get it directly from authorhouse, that helps him out a bit more than the other 2, but hey, getting the book at all is better than not getting it).

And to quote the author:

Anyone interested in finding out more about Storm Approaching can go to http://andiriel.blogspot.com, where various humorous articles and satire can be found as well as an excerpt from the novel.

I started off with reading the book itself, as the client was kind enough to send me a copy for research purposes. I loved the story, and that helped drive the inspiration. Finally I scanned in the sketched maps at the back of the book to use as a basis for the land shapes. The WIP thread is located here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?8757-The-New-Empire-WIP) and I would like to thank the forum as a whole (with special thanks to Waldronate who slowed me down and got me to take a second look at the style I was using).

I have to say I loved working on this map - not only was I inspired by the story itself, but the method is something I had a lot of fun developing. The style is a mix of techniques from a textstyle tutorial (http://www.gomediazine.com/tutorials...ine-gradients/) and S. John Ross Technique (http://www.io.com/~sjohn/uresia-maps.htm) plus a showing by Fluesopp and Ramah thanks to the automatic forest generator (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?8620-Automatic-Foreste) (of which all of my assistance in testing was performed through this map, heh)

Anyhow, I also had to shrink the map a fair amount for displaying on the forum, the original is 4800x6600 at 300dpi (16x22) (viewable at full size on DeviantArt (http://coyotemax.deviantart.com/art/Storm-Approaching-156650243)). I am including a cropped version of the original so you can see the detail at full size as well. [Edit - The client has also sent me a photo of the final framed version as well!


01-24-2010, 02:52 PM
I love that style! Well done Coyote!

01-24-2010, 03:19 PM
Looks awesome, CM!

01-26-2010, 12:45 AM
Sweet map mate well done ( repped) PS- it seems i have to spread the Rep luv so i owe ya mate

01-26-2010, 10:10 AM
That's pretty darn cool. Once again, I am envious of your skills.

01-27-2010, 05:33 PM
This is the kind of maps you get involved in the game with. If you play rpgs this map makes you imagine everything without creating misunderstandings . Awesome

01-28-2010, 10:39 PM
Guess it has been awhile since I repped you. Beautiful map.

Did you draw the palace or is it from another source? Nice work either way. If you did it yourself it's simply amazing...if you integrated it you did a nice job making it look like it belongs.

01-28-2010, 11:46 PM
The palace was originally a photo, I wish I could draw like that!
I ran it through a few filters, the main one I think being ... argh! Poster Edges. If I recall, that lines sharp edges (of which there were a lot) and posterizes the rest, which made it easy to select and delete the extra colours. Once that was done, it was just a matter of doing the effect to match the rest. I did the same thing for the pelicans too.

Steel General
01-29-2010, 07:55 AM
You da' man! :D

02-07-2010, 12:33 AM
Have a little more reputation for another splendid map!

02-07-2010, 11:09 AM
Now that is just darn cool Coyotemax. Once again, you have left me in awe. Here's a bit of rep.



02-07-2010, 12:09 PM
Nice work. Congrats on another successful commission piece.

02-07-2010, 03:12 PM
Wow, how did I miss this? I love that style, Coyote, especially the way you did the cities. Too bad I can't rep you right now. Grrr...

02-08-2010, 08:33 AM
That's a really nice looking map! I really like the woodcut effect.

02-08-2010, 09:13 AM
Thanks everyone :) This is one of my own favourites so far as well :)

Incidentally, I got this one printed locally for the client. there was a bit of an oops with the first print, the side borders got cut off a bit and so they redid it but let me keep the messed up one anyhow. it's bloody gorgeous, I'm putting this one up on my wall as a poster :) I'm so glad I made the decision to do it full out at 300dpi instead of blowing it up some.

the final print run modified the colour a bit, it came out a tad darker with a bit of a greenish grey cast, but that ended up looking rather nice when you step back and look at it from a few feet away.

02-08-2010, 09:15 AM
... and where is the requisite photo? :)

Sounds like this went really well for you. Congrats.

02-08-2010, 11:02 AM
I second Torstan's thought. You should take a photograph of it hanging on your wall so we can all be jealous :)

03-01-2010, 10:02 PM
Even better- the client has provided me with a photo of the final framed version just before it went off to the recipient :)


Oh, and it's a bit of an angle to overcome the flash glaring off the glass :)

03-02-2010, 06:32 PM
Cool! Can you post the name of the author and books now? I'm quite curious as to what it is.

03-02-2010, 06:43 PM
Not yet, but it's on it's way. Once I've heard that the author has received, I will update :)

03-03-2010, 02:21 PM
That's exceptionally awesome. You must be very proud!

03-04-2010, 02:44 AM

03-04-2010, 03:20 PM
Excellent map. Solid style, solid aesthetics! I can almost feel the "real-ness" of this empire!

03-08-2010, 05:25 PM
This is the recipient. I had no idea what that big box was that arrived this morning, and, having opened it, I am in a mild state of shock. I will have more to say in a few days, on my blog, but for now: thank you, thank you very much. That you could take my crude little maps and turn them into this magnificent piece of art amazes me no end; and that you would do that for me is touching. (Andiriel and Sandi, and the whole Pelicans Mercenary Regiment, thank you as well. :D

03-08-2010, 07:05 PM
Yay! I'm so so glad you liked it :) I'll go and updated the first post with the details now :)

*jumps up and down with excitement*

[edit - first post with map has been updated to include author information]

03-09-2010, 05:37 PM
Anyone interested in finding out more about Storm Approaching can go to http://andiriel.blogspot.com, where various humorous articles and satire can be found as well as an excerpt from the novel.