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    Wip WIP The Sultanate of Sharessan - fantasy map

    My current WIP : a large regional arabic/moorish-like fantasy map, with mostly mountainous and desertic areas. I went on top view with this one and used CIA shaded relief archive to do the mountains (map size 7441x5079px for now uploaded maps are 50% size)
    Sorry but the previous thread has gone with the restored backup so I'll skip to the last stage with fixed coastlines and rivers, palm groves/oasis vegetation and a few dried salt lakes.

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    This looks great! I'm eager to see the next step!

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    Thanks Dain. Here are some heraldic symbols i'm currently drawing. The "shields" are based on Tuareg crosses shapes. Those symbols will show the main nomadic tribes movement areas.

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    Ooohh-oh-oh, sweet. Proceeding nicely with the map. And the heraldry, once again, looks fantastic!

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    Thanks Hefadmun I started labelling, with main regions, mountains, deserts and rivers and also gave more overall contrast.

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    Hm. I tried to reply but it seemed to be eaten by the ether? I think I hit the wrong button? Or do messages go to a holding position for moderation?

    Anyway, was just wanting to say that the map is quite amazing. I also like your choice of Franco-Arabic names, which seems to hint at a colonial history. I don't know if that was your intent, but either way, the names carry a nice air of the exotic and mysterious to them.

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    Wow, that's really nice! I love the overall look and feel of this map. It seems so natural. Can't wait to see the finished product!
    Also, the heraldry is fantastic!

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    Thanks much guys!
    @Christopher : I wanted to give names some north african/maghreb touch (though I use some other inspiration: Sandjak for instance is a turkish term) I'm glad it carries that kind of feeling

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    The names struck me as immediately evokative. Very nice choice to go with.

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    Thanks I'm currently working with labelling more regions, cities, towns, kraks and caravanserails so I should upload another update later in the day

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