Hex tiles illustration and GIMP
I would like to make a hex board game mao for which i need to make some illustrations, using GIMP. The illustrations in questions should constitute a landscape in areal view. I do not want to have "photographic" effect, but rather an "illustration" effect. I already made some trials using textures and applying them on the surface to illustrate, and then running some "Gimpressionist" or "olify" effect. But the result was too rough.
What i would like to obtain in the end is something closest to this: http://www.videogamesblogger.com/wp-...screenshot.jpg but strictly from above and not from an inclined perspective as here.
To create hex tiles is not a problem, to apply nice textures to render a landscape is what i am struggling with. What is the best approach to make such areal view landscape illustration using GIMP? Are there resources like brushes i can use?