Hooo, Boy! Have I got a lot to learn.
First, I am really impressed with these two maps. They are beautiful and very well done. Congratulations on your excellent work.
Now, if I may, some questions.
1) How did you get such great topology drawn on your map? I'm very impressed with your terrain details -- plains, highland, mountains, waterways, etc. -- and am very interested in how you get such beautiful terrain onto paper?
2) Did you use your height field map (relief map) as the basis for then "painting" the terrain?
3) Any input, tutorials or advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated.
Again, Ruedy, these are excellent maps and you should be quite proud of them.
Thanks for sharing them with us.