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    Wip [Arden - A Fantasy/Dystopian World Map] Critiques welcome

    Hi, I am quiet new here and my english is not the best, but I hope this will be readable. I am a Designstudent in germany and for one of my Studyprojects I want to do a big Map of my Fantasy/Dystopian RPG world that I have done over the course of about 20 Years (started doing Maps in Kindergarden...). Well and also to push my Limits, I give myself exacly one week to finish and print the map. Well its a competition against my own lazyness, and I realy want to push my limits with this. Ok here is the first draft of the map. The final size is 90 x 120 cm, like 9 maps of the size that Joan Blaeu used for his Atlas Maior, which is also my main inspiration. Accompanied to the big Map shall be a series of diplomatic, historical and economic maps. Yes all in one week, never say never. ah, and yes the maps scale is somehow Sweden to Northafrica.

    First is the draft of the world.
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    Sounds promising, can't wait to see the outcome
    Good luck with the "one week self-contest", that's challenging!

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    Well I think I learn best under pressure. I have started to draw Mountains for about 7 h now. I will upload them when I have them scanned. Are there any good resources for 16.-17. Century Netherland Copperplate Style mountains?

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    I like the layout of the land, looking forward to seeing your updates.

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    Ok here are some of the Mountains from Todays time at the desk. Both are Copperplate-Style Images and referred to Joan Blaeu´s Atlas Maior. I will concentrate on a broad veriations of Mountains so I can use them on different locations with diversity in the erosionforces. I dont know, but I think these elements are some of the most significant landmarks for my approach. Next will be more mountains and some cliffs and rocks, my world is a dessertworld, so there is no Ocean but a deadly sanddessert. So the inhabitants will use steamtechdesert crafts and giant Steamengine-Trains tio cross the desserts. They are also "fishing" some creatures like the worms from Arrakis/Dune...
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    Mountains are gorgious,
    Keep going this way and it's gonna be a masterpiece

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    Thanks Dain and Arsheesh!

    I have spend the last 2h of thinking and reading to come to a conclusion that I will have a Scale of 10Km per mm on the map, to remind the map will be 1200x900mm. Important was for me to have sources about how far a REALISTIC medival Rider can do, or a merchant etc. to have the distances in check. In the end the Main Empire will span about 5000 x 4000 km, with Letter Pigeons (1000km a day, with 4 days Delay of information at optimum and 10 Days at worst case) which is more on a mathematic way very important to my way of thinking about maps. its all math and informationstructure....

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    Wow! Those are the greatest Mountains I have seen this side of Peter Fenlon. This has the potential to be even better!

    Hurry up with an update!!!

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    Those are indeed fantastic mountains. I really need to improve my skills in that area... And forests...

    Keep going! This is going to look awesome.
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