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    I was trying to implement the layered mountains technique, like Steel and Pasis do, into my atlas/satellite hybrid style and I think it came out pretty nice. I'd like to get some color tweaks and more contrast in before I call them done and I haven't put the rivers or labels in cuz I was just playin around again so I'll put them in over the next few days. I shrunk it down to half size to fit.
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    Ascension, that came out very nicely. I like the result quite a bit.

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    You're definitely on to something there my friend.
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    Beautiful map!
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    Yeah, good stuff.
    Is it me or is the water too cloudy though?
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    I totally agree G and have been trying to work on a fix but haven't found the right note yet.
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    Is there a tutorial on the layered mountain technique? I'd love to know more.

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    MSA - Pasis and Steel General both have tuts on it while I'm still experimenting with incorporating that technique into what I do.

    Here's where I'm at and I think I'm pretty happy with it. Put in the rivers and a large amount of tweaks to just about everything. I might go in and add some shading to bring out the terrain a bit more but I think I'm ready to start labeling this puppy...after some I get some food in my belly and maybe bash some monsters in "Sacred" (gotta step away from the map for a while and then come back and see what I think of it).
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    I wish I was as good at "fooling around" as you are. Sheesh.

    Once again, really nice work!
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    Very nice. I like that you included your palette in the second one. (I know you won't include it for the final map, but I like seeing things like that for reference, and also because it reinforces a sense of unity in the map colours.)

    One thing I'm wondering about--and this is because I grew up in the Southwest--is the transition between desert and forested areas. I see that you have a sort of mountain barrier on three sides to the northish, and that can certainly predicate a big climate change over a geographic area. But where I grew up, there's a bit of transitional terrain....mountains, scrubby sagebrush covered foothills, possibly some rockier areas, desert with plants, and then desert with dunes and no plants. You have a bit more down by the peninsula, but from the zoomed out, it looks like either lush lands or desert with little middle ground. Is that deliberate?

    Otherwise I think is a very pretty terrain map, and I enjoy seeing the evolution of your work.

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