Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Midlands Map Mostly Finished

I doubt I'll do much more than do a layer of towns, cities and other features, but here's Daen-Ral's Midlands map. I tried to emulate the MERP style a little...


4 comments:

The Rusty Battle Axe said...

Very cool. How did you draw it?

Pastor Bill said...

Hand drawn on chart paper (about 24"x30" or 30"x48" or something) folded into scannable regions, scanned, then I used gimpshop to create a layer over the scan (which I cropped, this is about one fifth or something of the total hand drawn world map) and then drew coastlines and forests on the layer, then started coloring. I wasn't sure how to do the mountains - but I just started drawing them in gimp (my originals were just upside down Vs and looked pretty bad). I chose two shades of brown to suggest a little depth on the mountain ranges. Not happy with the desert or the forest - happy with the water and pretty happy with the mountains.

The Rusty Battle Axe said...

I've been using AutoREALM with my maps and have been mostly happy with the results, although I am not able to do a large poster-size map. I thought about doing a hand-drawn map, as I have a cartography specialization as part of my undergrad degree (back in the pen & ink days) but I found I actually liked my AutoREALM maps.

I loved the look of your map. Nicely done.

Pastor Bill said...

I've tried autorealm a couple times - and I could never get it to do what I wanted to... I guess I'm just a pen in hand kind of guy (I even bought a pen and tablet for the PC thinking that I might actually be able to jump the curve...but I haven't been able to so far...)