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03-13-2010, 01:55 PM
And here it goes! I had a lot of fun working on this map.

It's definitely in my top 3 favourites so far, and i seem to be settling into my own style more and more. I did make use of the automatic forest generator for this map, I still say that's one of the best tools that's hit the forum (Thanks to Fluesopp and Ramah) and I also borrowed the outlined town/city/castle designs from Ramah. The compass/scale/border/heraldry designs were taken and/or modified from royalty free vector collections, everything else was custom drawn for this map. And for those who are interested in such things, I used the font "Viner Hand" at a variety of sizes and settings. The other inspirations I had besides my own imagination are too numerous, so I will end off by saying thank you to the guild as a whole.

The version I'm loading to this thread is a 50% scaled down copy, the original is 6600x4800. The original in all it's glory can be viewed two places -
My DeviantArt gallery (http://coyotemax.deviantart.com/art/Campaign-Map-Final-157126423), and the Zoomified version (http://home.cogeco.ca/~coyote/mapfile3.html)on my own hosted space
(the second might be an easier version for some, you don't need to wait for the whole thing to download before it's viewable).
Also included in this post is a cropped selection of the fullsize view for those who might not want to leave the site, this way you can see how things should look at fullsize :)

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback in the WIP thread (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?9116-Untitled-Campaign-Map)!!

(this map is Copyright 2010 J.Farrel)

03-13-2010, 06:03 PM
Yes, yes, this is very, very good indeed. A little dark for my taste, but hey, still pretty darn good. Did I mention its good? Because it is... good, that is.

03-13-2010, 08:36 PM
Dark and gritty, but I very much like it. It looks amazing, have some rep.

03-14-2010, 12:33 AM
As I already said on dA, a real beauty!

03-14-2010, 03:16 AM
think I allready said so but GREAT work :)

03-14-2010, 07:10 AM
Definitely not too dark. An excellent map with a great atmosphere!

Steel General
03-14-2010, 10:21 AM

03-14-2010, 01:23 PM
You already know my feelings for this map based on my DA comments. :D

03-14-2010, 01:27 PM
Really fantastic. Congratulations and well done on a spectacular map. Good work.

03-15-2010, 02:32 PM
That is beautiful! Truly stunning. And that's about all I can say.

03-15-2010, 02:55 PM
This Map is pretty much just fantastic. LOL, I really like it, especially the border!

03-15-2010, 03:11 PM
It really is stunning. Fantastically well done.

03-24-2010, 09:37 AM
Oh wow.

Would this map be free to use in an online campaign?

03-24-2010, 01:56 PM
Thanks for the compliments, everyone :)

As to it's use, I will direct you to fiskonius (http://www.cartographersguild.com/member.php?18681-fiskonius) to discuss usage policies as he is the one who commissioned the piece (my say in it involves displaying as part of my portfolio, but does not cover usage).

03-31-2010, 12:25 PM
Most excellent!

03-31-2010, 06:17 PM
Holy tectonics!! how much time it took to be finished? It is beautiful!!!

04-04-2010, 06:13 PM
I have a lot of the process blocked out of my memory (for the best really, if I think about the amount of work i put into some of these maps, I may not start another one, hah) but i think it was about a month and a half.

04-06-2010, 04:44 PM
Great looking map, Coyote, as I knew it would be when you started it. Love the colouring and the border and how you handled the cities and towns - the shadowing and the stroking of them look really, really effective.
If I had one slight criticism it would be that the trees look slightly too sharp to me compared to the rest of the map. You certainly made the right choice ditching the tree brushes I posted (I actually really dislike my own tree brushes as I feel most people use them wrong - they look terrible when they are large enough to make out the rough shading) but personally I think you should have gaussian'ed the whole tree layer by a gnat's knacker to lose the sharpness.
Still, great map and I'm sure the client is 100% happy with the job you did on it. :)

04-07-2010, 09:49 AM
Duly noted, and thank you :)

Trees are the bane of my existence, even with the generator! Hah!

Next step is to get going on my own towns/cities.. but yours are just so darn cool and inspiring!

10-12-2011, 09:33 PM
This is a beautiful map.

10-13-2011, 11:40 AM
Lovely. I abselutely adore the border :)

10-15-2011, 06:47 AM
ouch! This thing is huge! Fantastic work, Coyote....it's gorgeous. The sense of scale and broodyness is brilliant.

10-15-2011, 11:31 PM
heh. Thanks for the comments ..

"broodyness" - I like that, I'm adding it to my permanent dictionary!

10-18-2011, 01:15 AM
Excellent work!

12-24-2011, 02:18 AM
After spending the whole day browsing maps here, I can firmly say this is my favorite.

12-24-2011, 07:21 PM
This is really a great looking map! I like the dark and gritty look to it :-)

01-07-2012, 06:52 AM
Brilliant piece of work there :)

01-14-2012, 07:00 AM
Such motivations is what keeps me going on, its a true work of art here.

01-15-2012, 08:00 PM
TY for the continued positive comments, it really means a lot to me!

Schwarzkreuz - for what it's worth, your latest piece has made it into my inspiration folder.. I've tried emulating the style of Bleau but not with nearly as much success as you have.

04-21-2012, 05:14 AM
Stunning work...

04-21-2012, 07:28 AM
I'm not usually into world maps very much, but this one is magnificent - probably the best map I've seen in my life. Well done Coyotemax.

05-01-2012, 09:28 AM
Thats pretty awesome, I like the dark style