View Full Version : The Shield Lands

01-30-2010, 10:33 PM
Here's something I just started working on. It's a region of Italian-esque city-states, republics, and duchies, bordered by harsh mountains to the north and south.

01-31-2010, 12:09 AM
Update. A few more mountains, rivers, forests. Other miscellaneous pretty-fying.

01-31-2010, 01:19 AM
Hey nice

Really like the water effect, simple yet effective. My one only critique is that the water ripples seem a little out of place in the lakes, too prominent or something, but i'm not really familiar with this style so I could be wrong.


01-31-2010, 01:53 AM
I think it'll be okay (the ripples) when its finished. Once more stuff is filled in, it'll balance out. I tried erasing the ripples in the middle of the lakes, and it just ruins the effect, so I'm going to leave it as is for now...

And here's another update, with some text added.

01-31-2010, 02:37 AM
Hey. That's looking pretty awesome. Lots of progress in a short time. I was going to comment earlier but now you've got two more WiPs. Looking forward to the finished product.

01-31-2010, 05:24 AM
Yeah, good work so far Diamond.



Steel General
01-31-2010, 10:37 AM
Another nice one to keep an eye on!

01-31-2010, 11:08 AM
Wow...love those shorelines. very cool!

01-31-2010, 01:18 PM
Yeah, interesting blend of styles. Something I've not quite seen before.

01-31-2010, 04:48 PM
And another update. Taking a break from the job hunt this weekend, so I actually had some time to make maps! :D

01-31-2010, 04:54 PM
Really nice style and colours. It's a keeper!! I love the shorelines too.

01-31-2010, 06:20 PM
Ya know, I was just thinking. This could really be something sweet but you'd have to bring in some more colors...lots of green right now. It's very Vaniya-esque but you could go all the way with some reds and oranges here n there to break up the green and make it really artsy. Just my 2 cents, shrug, it's still cool.

01-31-2010, 06:22 PM
I was thinking about that too. Maybe some red/orange highlights, subtle-like , in the desert?

01-31-2010, 06:39 PM
Yeah, and maybe around some coasts to act as funky beaches.

01-31-2010, 07:12 PM
Man, you're good! :)

Campaign Cartographer? Sorry, I'm another newbie around here.

01-31-2010, 07:36 PM
Looking great. Nice work!

01-31-2010, 08:57 PM
Thanks for the compliments, fellas!

Campaign Cartographer? Sorry, I'm another newbie around here.
Nope, photoshop.

01-31-2010, 09:30 PM
How does this look? I'm thinking this is pretty much done...

01-31-2010, 09:38 PM
I'm rather liking this.

The only feedback i could give would be the outer whitish glow on the mountain and forest labels. to me it doesn't *quite* right, and I was fighting with that on my own maps for quite some time. My solution was to not put on the glow (or to make it more closely match the colours on the land underneath it), and go to the lower layers (mountains, etc) to use a mask to outline the text and hide the terrain underneath that way.

Really, it's only a tiny minor point and a personal view towards the effect. (but to me, my eyes keep drawing to that, heh)

Doesn't change my liking of the map though!

01-31-2010, 09:48 PM
Hmm... good point, I see what you mean. Now that you said that I can't stop letting my eyes get pulled to that either! :D

How's this:

01-31-2010, 09:50 PM
I think the forests came out perfectly for that, and the mountain labels don't distract me nearly as much :)

01-31-2010, 10:38 PM
Well that's good! lol :D