Inspired by Loydb's work on the Shadowfell Map, I am doing up the non-battlemap maps for Thunderspire Labyrinth.
These maps are saved to scale (in other words, the A1-1 map is saved as an image 12 inches by 16 inches in size), so those who know how can print it to proper scale.
Also, where I am able to I am attempting NOT to show other areas in the maps, therefore, when they are laid down there will be some discrepencies outside their 'encounter' areas.
****SEE BELOW FOR UPDATED MAPS***
Haha. Bless you! I guess I'll do Pyramid then :)
The first map took me like 4 hours. The last one about 12 minutes. You'll really pick up speed once you start identifying the steps that can be done as shortcuts. On CC3 for instance, I didn't realize the arrow keys snapped a symbol to 0, 90, 180, and 270, for instance. I'd just been control-shifting, or typing it in. It's definitely a way to really dig into your mapping app(s) of choice. As slow as CC3 renders with effects on, I use it for the map export and do everything else in Photoshop.
I like that map as well, very clean.
Oh fantastic, keep it up! I spent SO much time scanning and photoshopping Shadowfell that i don't really want to do that again for Thunderspire. These look awesome anyway.
Here are updated maps, for Encounter A1-1, and all of Area C.
While I like the first 2, I find the last three to be more visually appealing.
And another map, from Interlude 1.
I definitely like the second "style" better, more visually appealing. Not that there was anything wrong with the first ones.
Yeah, the second style is way better IMO. I enjoyed switching styles at various places in KOTS -- I'm planning out Pyramid in advance as far as what sections will have their own look.
What are you mapping in? One of the things I'm going to do before starting Pyramid is build a custom symbol catalog that has the few dozen symbols that I use all the time. A good 20% of my mapping time was spent doing catalog juggling, or trying to remember what symbols were where. A few hours spent up-front will make production way easier I think.
Those are looking great.
edit: I would recommend changing the byline to say "based on a map by" instead of "by". When I looked at one of the maps I thought "Hey, that's Mike doing the map!" for a second. :)
I am using DD3 with Symbol Set 2, set B.
Wow, thanks for this! There is a collection of H2 links over at EN World. I added these maps over there (hope that's okay!) to spread the word! Thanks again.
I really, really like the 'colour pencil' style!!!
p.s. whew the site has speeded back up again.