Great idea! A stone invitation seems very appropriate - I just feel sorry for the delivery boy carrying the invitations!
3Dish - cool stuff.
This Dwarven metal merchant wants to impress. A marble tablet with lapis lazuli and malechite inlaid with gold and mithral with a few precious gems to add spice and show that he lives beneath the fiery mountain where the forges melt and the hammers toll.
The road leads from the lapis inlaid sea, beyond the human city marked with the sapphire and turn left at the black obelisk.
Its a well known fact that all Dwarven roads are paved in gold but this one ends in Mithral doors with emerald handles.
He would send one invitation per messenger... and a trusted one at that ! I would think it would actually be a small band with each invite heading towards the other Dwarven kings and warlords who no doubt would return with a contingent of their best warriors. So he would probably only need a dozen or so in total, giving him a chance to go a bit overkill on each.
Redrobes - Great entry. I especially like the fact that you've attempted to depict an actual object. The 3D aspect is really cool.
Don't know if you consider this a WIP or not, but I would suggest a couple of things:
1. The tecture of the various materials look good, but the gemstones (particularly the dark gray stone) seem to float above the tablet vice being embedded in or placed on it. If there is a way to fix that, I think that it would be worth your time.
2. To my eye, everything looks "real" as if I could reach out and touch it--with the exception of the marble itself around the edges. It looks less than real. Again, if there is a way to fix that, I think that it would be worth your time.
With both of those being said, even if you didn't make either change, it is a tremendous entry.
One question: Does the text translate? I assume that it does, since it looks like you've used Norse runes. Care to translate for us, or do we need to do it ourselves?
Really clever and well executed concept, Red Robes! I too would like to know the translation of the invite!
Another nice entry yay! I like the colors a lot...I agree with the comments on the gemstones though...If you need any gemstones modelled, I have a bunch that I've already done...But I don't know if that would be considered cheating...hehehe, never considered that.
I also think the gold roads don't look as gold as it should...I think its probably like a rippled effect? maybe you should change it to more of a polished gold to get the effect across better.
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The doors make the mountain look like a face with a long beard.
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Couldn't find those gem models or the site that I got the original shapes from so I added some retaining nibs to hold the gems. Also changed marble and light sources to enhance the shadows. I lowered the bump mapping on the gold. I kinda liked the original one. It looked very archaic but it was a little coarse.