Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 29
Like Tree1Likes

Thread: Midgard and Call of Cthulhu Maps and Illustrations for Kobold Press

  1. #1
      Ashenvale is offline
    Professional Artist Ashenvale's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    186

    Default Midgard and Call of Cthulhu Maps and Illustrations for Kobold Press

    I’d like to share a handful of the maps I’ve done over the past year-and-a-half or so. I’ve been writing, illustrating, and creating maps for three Open Design projects for Kobold Press.

    Open Design is a patron-based publishing enterprise producing roleplaying supplements, mostly for Pathfinder. Patrons compete for writing opportunities, submitting proposals on which all patrons on a project vote. I wrote a wild-west adventure and co-wrote with Tim Connors a Spanish Inquisition adventure for a Call of Cthulhu project called, “The Red Eye of Azathoth”. The other two projects are are set in Midgard, Kobold Press' Pathfinder Campaign Setting. For “Journeys into the West”, a project developing the islands of Midgard's Western Ocean, I wrote both an island-hopping adventure called "The Ship that Never Was" and a Mythos-infested island called Meshong-Lir, loosely based on Cthulhu’s R’lyeh, as a major location setting. Most recently, I wrote a Viking adventure for “Midgard Tales”, a massive, hard-cover book of adventures illustrating the varied regions of Midgard.

    For each of these projects, I created maps and illustrations to accompany my writing. For “Midgard Tales”, I’m presently painting the book cover.

    I'll start with three deck plans I created for "Journeys Into the West" and "Midgard Tales".
    We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
    -George Bernard Shaw

  2. #2
      Bogie is offline
    Community Leader Gracious Donor Bogie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Maine, USA
    Posts
    2,183

    Default

    Sounds Great!

  3. #3
      Ashenvale is offline
    Professional Artist Ashenvale's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    186

    Default Galleon

    This galleon is the big prize that becomes the heroes’ ship, “The Ship that Never Was” in “Journeys”. I’ve never seen an impressive deck plan for a galleon in D&D, so I pulled out the stops on this one.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Midgard and Call of Cthulhu Maps and Illustrations for Kobold Press-galleon-last-vagabond.jpg  
    We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
    -George Bernard Shaw

  4. #4
      Ashenvale is offline
    Professional Artist Ashenvale's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    186

    Default Outrigger Canoe

    This outrigger canoe features prominently in “The Ship that Never Was” too. It’s the craft the heroes steal from the cannibalistic pygmies in the Savage Isles and sail through a storm to get to the Accursed Isle of Meshong-Lir, where hundreds more pygmies in outriggers are headed to sacrifice the heroes’ crewmates.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Midgard and Call of Cthulhu Maps and Illustrations for Kobold Press-outrigger-canoe-11.jpg  
    We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
    -George Bernard Shaw

  5. #5
      Ashenvale is offline
    Professional Artist Ashenvale's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    186

    Default Longship

    The longship is the heroes’ craft in my Viking adventure in “Midgard Tales”, although it’s also likely to appear in the Pirate supplement to “Journeys into the West”.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Midgard and Call of Cthulhu Maps and Illustrations for Kobold Press-viking-longship-02.jpg  
    We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
    -George Bernard Shaw

  6. #6
      Ashenvale is offline
    Professional Artist Ashenvale's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    186

    Default The Savage Isles and the Accursed Isle of Meshong-Lir

    Here’s my archipelago map for “Journeys into the West”. The Savage Isles are populated by cannibalistic pygmies, cyclopes, and other nasties. Yes, some of the islands fly, which is why a handful cast shadows.

    The Accursed Isle of Meshong-Lir spent centuries, perhaps millennia, on the ocean floor, imprisoning a Great Old One I named Noth-Nyarthogu who almost destroyed reality before being bound by the Gods. The island itself is comprised entirely of the twisted ruins of a Titan city, warped into nightmare forms during the gods’ battle and thereafter by the Great Old One’s influence. Now, in its sunken tomb, the Great Old One stirs, and its servitors scattered descendants sense its call. Shoggoths crawl into Meshong-Lir’s submerged remains to claw at sealed doors. Aquatic chaos beasts and gibbering mouthers follow. Noth-Nyarthogu’s agents travel the Western Islands, teaching others sacrificial rites to raise Meshong-Lir and spells that unravel wards, spells and rites the gods’ ancient magic prohibits Noth-Nyarthogu’s minions from performing themselves.

    On moonless nights, when silhouettes dance abhorrent rituals, Meshong-Lir rises. Water cascades from its mountainous ruins. While the island usually submerges before dawn, rituals have recently kept it surface-bound for a full day. Within, labyrinthine crawl spaces spiral into mind-bending gulfs of blackness, the cyclopean ruins warping into ever-deepening nightmare. Beyond the harrowing guardians and insane titan ghosts, symbols of blasphemous power pulse like living things across treasures unimagined. And throughout, unspeakable abominations haunt the echoes.

    Yet they come, people seeking abandoned wealth and secrets to alter destiny or bind the gods. The eager, the foolish, and the damned. One by one, they open forbidden doors. And somewhere far below, the Great Old One waits.

    You get the idea.

    One fun aspect of this map is that the Midgard Atlas, a new App for tablets that presents all of the lands of Midgard, includes this archipelago right out in the middle of the Western Ocean. That's my first archipelago to appear in an App!

    By the way, if you love Midgard or D&D or Pathfinder and you don't have Midgard Atlas, you must get it! If you just love fantasy maps, you must get it! It totally rocks!
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Midgard and Call of Cthulhu Maps and Illustrations for Kobold Press-meshong-lir-13-flat.jpg  
    We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
    -George Bernard Shaw

  7. #7
      Ashenvale is offline
    Professional Artist Ashenvale's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    186

    Default The Norn Tower

    Here’s a quick illustration of the Norn Tower, a tiny dot you can see on the archipelago map closest to Meshong-Lir. Titans built it after the gods first sank the Accursed Isle as a watch tower to watch over the sea where the island sank. Yeah, yeah, it’s not a map, but I couldn't resist tossing it in for color.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Midgard and Call of Cthulhu Maps and Illustrations for Kobold Press-norn-tower-flat.jpg  
    We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
    -George Bernard Shaw

  8. #8
      Ashenvale is offline
    Professional Artist Ashenvale's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    186

    Default Typical Battle and Encounter Maps

    I created six more maps for my adventure, “The Ship that Never Was.” Most are battle maps or encounter maps. All serve their purpose, although all look fairly pedestrian. Here are two examples.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Midgard and Call of Cthulhu Maps and Illustrations for Kobold Press-landing-beach-02-full-size.jpg   Midgard and Call of Cthulhu Maps and Illustrations for Kobold Press-canoe-beach-02a-full-size-.jpg  
    We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
    -George Bernard Shaw

  9. #9
      Ashenvale is offline
    Professional Artist Ashenvale's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    186

    Default Awash Pillar Tops

    Here’s and example of a map that tanked. It’s a horrid example of both too much and too little, of oodles of detail but lack of vision and design.

    In the adventure, the heroes chase an armada of cannibalistic pygmy outrigger canoes through the night to front of the Accursed Isle. The pygmies bind the heroes’ companions, and any heroes they’ve captured, to the tops of cyclopean pillars just barely jutting above the water. These sacrifices are supposed to weaken the gods’ spells imprisoning the Great Old One in the island’s foundations. When the heroes arrive, nasty mythos monstrosities are crawling up out of the sea to feed on the prisoners, and a battle ensues.

    The map is dizzying. The grid is too faint to make calculating distances easy and too prominent to make the water look compelling. I ran out of time to render any real texture on the cliff front, so it looks like plastic, and it presents no feeling of loft or scale. I would have loved more time to try to work out these problems, but this may just have been a bad idea from the start.

    Sometimes less is more.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Midgard and Call of Cthulhu Maps and Illustrations for Kobold Press-pillars-surf-04.jpg  
    We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
    -George Bernard Shaw

  10. #10
      Ashenvale is offline
    Professional Artist Ashenvale's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    186

    Default Spanish Inquisition

    On the Call of Cthulhu RPG project “The Red Eye of Azathoth”, I co-wrote a Spanish Inquisition adventure with the genius Tim Connors. Set in Valencia, Spain in 1487, it is a linear adventure, starting with a torture scene, then an imprisonment scene, then an escape sequence, then an infiltration of the Mythos-possessed Grand Inquisitors secret library and laboratory, and finally a massive battle in the city’s main square. Throughout, the heroes are plagued by black sorcery, psychopathic ghosts, Byakhees, Denizens of Leng, and other horrors.

    I decided to combine all of the setting maps into a single page. The one regret that I have about this map is that I started it small, not realizing I'd end up putting so much time into it. It's resolution will never permit zooming in as closely as I'd like. Poor planning.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Midgard and Call of Cthulhu Maps and Illustrations for Kobold Press-spanish-inquisition-map-gray-borders-revision-.jpg  
    We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
    -George Bernard Shaw

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •