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    Default November 2013 Entry - Valtor Homeworld

    Hey there guys!
    So after being absent for some months, Im back with mapping.
    For this challenge Ill try to challenge myself and make two kind of things I never did before:

    1 - Political Map: I love political maps for their simplicity, but at the same time I find them challenging, because if you make them much simple, they´ll become boring and uninteresting. (For this part I take heavy influence on DA 1 blomma and his awesome tutorial, but with tweaks of my own (1Blomma on deviantART ))

    2 - Planet Manipulation: After the political map, I´ll try the other thing I never did, that is creating planets, with textures and effects.

    Like this:
    http://www.presidiacreative.com/wp-c...st_by_alyn.jpg

    Hope you enjoy, and please DO give your opinion!

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    I really like the style of this. Good to see you back and mapping.
    I am the breath of Dragons...The Song of Mountains...The Stories of Rivers....The Heart of Cities.... I am A Cartographer....

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    Lovely style! This'll be fun to follow

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    Looks fantastic, just like an atlas

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    The finished nations look amazing. Great work.

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    Yeah, as M-V said, great work.

    Did you brainstorm all of the names or did you use a name-generator?
    The best maps are the ones we like the most after looking at the longest.
    I cAn gET fancy w1th my s1GNaturE, UH huh!

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    It's graphically quite nice, but you really need to think about putting it on a globe from the start or you end up with an utter mess when you try to reproject it. Your best bet is probably to reproject first, then apply all the fancy textures and labels, and make all the lines a consistent width again. You've also dropped 30 degrees of longitude somewhere, and the 85th parallel north is missing.

    This is what your map looks like on an actual globe: Carbus - Valtor Homeworld

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    THanks for the support guys!

    @foremost I brainstormed then, and asked my girlfriend to give some idea too!

    @Hai Etlik I used G Projector before I started creating the political borders. My idea is to create a map that represents that, and other with a realistc feel to it, using textures, and stuff just like I mentioned on the first post. But thanks for the tips on longitude, parallel and these site with my map! Great stuff!

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    Hey guys, new update! I tried a new technique for the mountains, Im not 100% sure about it. What you guys think? Is it too much?
    Thanks!

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