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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel General View Post
    Anyone know of a good site for glyphs, sigils, etc? I need some for the tops of the barrows and haven't found anything good as of yet.
    Somebody just posted a terrific site a couple of days ago with complete alphabets from several ancient languages. I don't remember what it was off the top of my head, but check the recent posts in the Mapping Resources forum.
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    Thanks Midgard, I'll do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel General View Post
    Thanks guys...

    RR I'll give those a whirl and and see how it goes.

    Re: Trees and shrubs - Still undecided on that, I had trees initially, but the looked funny so I scrapped 'em. Guess I can give it another go.

    Re: Barrow shadows - You guys are right, the shadows could be deeper, didn't want to go overboard but I guess I 'under-did' it. Shouldn't be to bad to fix.

    Re: Obelisk shadows - Hmmm...didn't even notice that when I was putting them on the map, guess I'll create my own rather than using a Dundjinni download. I used an image I had grabbed from there and rotated it.

    Anyone know of a good site for glyphs, sigils, etc? I need some for the tops of the barrows and haven't found anything good as of yet.

    Oh, what I meant was, that was my only bit of constructive criticism. I forgot to mention that besides this little thing, the map looks pretty darn great!
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    @Karro - You were absolutely correct though. I have changed them but didn't get a chance to post an update. Hopefully tomorrow.
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    OK, here's a bit of an update.

    - Deepened the sahdows of the barrows
    - Redid the Obelisks and added smaller columnar menhirs
    - Added some bushes/shrubs around the edgees of the vale
    - Added labels, a key and a compass rose
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    Still not enough shadow! We need more shadow!
    No, seriously, it looks good, but it doesn't get the whole barrow thing going. I think you need to shade it more on the top, making them almost spherical at first and then work your way down.
    I might swipe this map for my campaign btw. It will work nicely in an adventure I'm planning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoel View Post
    Still not enough shadow! We need more shadow!
    No, seriously, it looks good, but it doesn't get the whole barrow thing going. I think you need to shade it more on the top, making them almost spherical at first and then work your way down.
    I might swipe this map for my campaign btw. It will work nicely in an adventure I'm planning.
    "I've got a disease, and the only cure is MORE SHADOW!" [/Christopher Walken]

    Actually, I have to agree... more shadows--and more highlights too--will make them look more rounded and mound-like.
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    I think Hoel is right here. What your trying to do is give the impression of the barrow by changing the colors of the circles but really for all the barrows I have seen they are the same stuff on top as surrounding areas and its just that they are on a mound. So what you need is some shadowing to give lighting to make it look 3D. Unless I am mistaken by what your trying to represent but the sort of thing I had in mind is like this hill fort.

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    @RedRobes - You are right, that is the look I'm going for. I guess I'm being a little 'gun-shy' on the shadow because I'm worried about going overboard. I also changed the color of the highlight on the barrows, maybe I went to dark with it. I'll play around with it some more and see what I end up with.

    @Hoel - Feel free to use it, I can even post up a version without the labeling if you'd like.

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    I agree with the others...The mounds need to be more "moundish". I downloaded this and took 30 seconds to mod the larger mound. This was done with a mouse and very little care, so you could probably make this look better. Normal trick: New Layer 50% grey, set layer to overlay, Burn the shadow side, dodge the light side, apply blur to taste.
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