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    Wip Val'Gaard

    Up until this point, I have been enjoying the tutorials and learning how to use GIMP and WILBUR as well as Profantasy Fractal Pro. For a new role playing setting, my first mapping is going to be of the continent of Val'Gaard where our early adventures will be.

    For the style, I have tried to emulate the SRTM elevation maps from NASA.

    I started by creating a world mask, generating the land forms in FT and exporting to GIMP to arrange.
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    From there I zoomed in on the continent that would be Val'Gaard.
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    And then using Wilbur to create a heightfield I exported back to GIMP to use as the bump map and then added the coloring.
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    Overall I was pretty happy with this first attempt. I struggled for some time trying to get more of an alligator skin look to the erosion, but wasn't able to produce the effect...any tips would be welcomed!

    Rivers and vegetation will be for another style of map, this was just to show the topography.

    Last edited by Torius; 12-24-2009 at 10:35 PM.

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    While I don't use any of the software that you do, I think you have a nice start here.
    My Finished Maps | My Challenge Maps | Ghoraja Juun, my largely stagnated campaign setting.

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    Yeah, that's a really nice start. Don't see anything that I'd change so good job.
    If the radiance of a thousand suns was to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One...I am become Death, the Shatterer of worlds.
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