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    • CommentAuthorGrimur
    • CommentTimeApr 4th 2012
     
    Long time, no see.
    Its been tough not being able time-wise to create maps, which I have enjoyed since I bought the first Campaign Cartographer about 18 years ago (wow, is it that long time ago?). I am still having a look here and then in the forums and on the list, and I subscribe to the annual, just to see and follow the great development CC has taken. Every month I picture myself creating a map with the new style and even if life is more busy than ever with kids and career, now was the time to create a new map, after over a year of absence from the .exe file.

    The image is still a draft and I threw in a quick and dirty "age-something" filter on the ipad to cover for the undone areas ;) There is still some work to be done on the contours, cartouches and on detailing and text, but since I hadn't got time the last week either, I thought I'll throw it in as a show and tell. The maps shows Naturns in Earlsdale, my homebrew gaming world for the same 18 years as my CC-history. The world can be seen here in this interactive map, I created some time ago (sorry, not in CC - but I got 3-4 versions ranging from CC1 to CC3 of the world as well): http://mapventures.com/int/

    The City map is done in this year annual Jonathan Robers style:

    Enjoy and let me hear what you think?
      Naturns.jpg
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    I really like your use of greens and browns. It gives the whole map a very warm tone. I like how you did the forest, although I can imagine it was a fair amount of work.

    How long did it take your computer to put in all the shade under the trees, if you don't mind me asking?

    Gorgeous map, though. I like the switchbacks in the roads showing climbs in elevation.

    Nick
    • CommentAuthorClercon
    • CommentTimeApr 4th 2012
     
    Very nice map! I like the overall layout of it, a lot of nice details.
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    First of all - it's rather interesting (and oddly refreshing?) That you used a font other than one typically ascribed to the fantasy genre to title this map. This gives it a nice, unique personality (Celtic / Gaelic calligraphy is beautiful, georgious, and perfect for maps - and I LOVE Celtic lettering - but it's been done to death, lol).

    Secondly - this map is not only georgiously beautiful, but actually looks like an antique, classic work of cartographic art. I've looked at about four million maps from now - to dating way back to before the Pharoahs (at least it seems that way - unfortunately I've misplaced my disk of public domain ancient maps, but I can always get more) - and I can pretty much tell you that you've got a nice example here of a map that looks like it was made in, at the earliest, the late 16th century - but more accurately around the mid to late 18th century because of it's clarity and attention to detail. A rather nice compromise if you want to combine an antique, medieval flavor with a more contemporary functionality. Me likes it!

    Examples of real antique maps for comparitive, critical, and / or analytical purposes (your map actually looks a lot better than these maps do - in my opinion):
      oldcitymapofutrecht.jpg
      page1-1001-full.jpg
      oldcitymapofmaastricht.jpg
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    Very nice style, I also really like the fields and layout.

    What's the story behind the open area that loops through the middle of the city? At first I thought it was where a city wall used to be, but then I couldn't figure out what it would have been protecting.

    Steve
    • CommentAuthorGrimur
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2012 edited
     
    A small update to the map above. I added the walls in the river and some text and a legend. The contours are also slightly blurred. Enjoy!
      NaturnsTable.jpg
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    Beautifull! Did you mind to put it in higher resolution? I want this as a wallpaper =)
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    Wow...Just - WOW!!!...Awsomeness.
    • CommentAuthorClercon
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2012
     
    That is really nice. I like it a lot, great job!
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    yeah...super good...i'm super jealous.
    • CommentAuthorJimP
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2012
     
    Maganificent !
    • CommentAuthorHenrie61
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2012
     
    One of the best maps I have seen here in a while.

    What size is the map.
    And on what scale are the houses?
    • CommentAuthorShessar
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2012
     
    Grimur, this is an amazing and beautiful map. Truly inspiring!

    It is maps like this that push me to keep working at improving. Thanks so much for sharing!