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    Wip Ghoraja Juun - Istria (finally)

    I've had a homebrew fantasy world for years now that has pretty much been stagnant - my own fault entirely .

    So I finally decided to sit down and map the beastie out. The world (Ghoraja Juun) has 6 continents. Two of them (Khyvaar & Animaar) largely unknown/unexplored. The other 4 (Calathas, Istria, Ashtalarya & Maldraug), are the subject of what info I have actually posted in the WIKI for the world.

    This is the continent of Istria (it would be located in approximately the same general location as South America.

    This is a very early WIP using a combination of Ascensions techniques and my preference for stacking textured layers, etc.

    I had to 'dumb it down' a bit as the original is to many megapixels to post.

    Feel free to leave C&C, though how things are now may change dramatically as it develops.
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    You've got some lakes popping out in to the ocean down south and in the middle and then again on the right side kinda middle-ish. Otherwise, I think the lakes look kinda weird, maybe cuz they don't have a coastal shelf...maybe a slight glow there? I dunno. Hope it works out and you know I'll be watching...I watch everything I think.
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    Steel General,

    I like the look of the texturing, but i'm not sure about the continent itself. It looks sort of like one of those random generated maps from old D&D that they put into one of the map collections. Also, depending on the scale, i thought it looked more like a Pangea than a single continent.

    I am by no means an expert, so I wouldn't take anything I say as an enlightened view.

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    Thanks for the comments.

    @Ascension - Yeah I didn't notice the lake problems until after I posted it. I'll fix them eventually. I recolored the lakes on a separate level and wasn't careful enough with the 'brush' so they bled over past the land in spots.

    @Davros01 - It was at one time a single continent, but there was a cataclysm in the past that "shattered" the 4 known continents into the disjointed mess they are currently.
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    Yay for Ghoraja Juun! Good to see you "back in the game"

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    ah, cool,

    I always enjoy some of the history of the maps. it definitely brings the character out of maps i find. Everyone is saying you are back in the game. Do you have other parts of the world created?? I'd like to see those also if you've got em.

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    Good luck... I totally understand the daunting challenge of taking on a whole world like this!
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    @Davros01 - There is a link to the WIKI in my sig. There is far from an overwhelming amount of detail regarding the world itself (most of it still being in my head) there and a few maps - mostly cities (and are posted here in the Finished Maps forum).

    @Karro - Yeah, I had really crappy maps done in CC2 (from years ago), but I hate them so I thought I'd start from scratch. This is going to be a long project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel General View Post
    @Karro - Yeah, I had really crappy maps done in CC2 (from years ago), but I hate them so I thought I'd start from scratch. This is going to be a long project.
    I know what you mean. I had some crappy ones from MSPaint (I should post some of them sometime)... and at some point you start longing for something... better.
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    Map Just a wee bit of an update

    OK, here's today's update...nothing humongous but satisfying nonetheless.

    • Fixed the lake 'goofs' (still not quite settled on the water color)
    • Added some dry/arid land at the northern edge of the land masses
    • Added some variation to the "grass" to delineate steppes/plains, normal grassland and more verdant/lush areas.
    • Played around with the continental shelf some, still not quite what I has hoping to achieve.
    • Added a low opacity stroke to the land to help separate it from the oceans.

    The .JPG had to be 'dumbed down' to 9 on the quality scale in PS so some of the 'pop' is lost.

    That's about it. As always C&C welcomed, encouraged and appreciated.
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