Amazing work, Crazyred. How many hours does it take you to put something like this together?
That's fantabulous!I think I might like to see some short of variation in the beige color, maybe, in the middle where the cliff face is, to better distinguish the highlands from the lowlands.It's really beautiful. Did you use an underlying perspective grid? or did you just freehand it.
Thanks Necro! as for how many hours.... I really should keep track of things like that. A month of lunches?Thanks Toff! You're totally right about the shading, so I threw some on, quick-and-dirty like. And yes, I used a separate layer for a grid which I slid around underneath the drawing.
It's a wonderful piece. What size is the original?
It's a photoshop drawing, so the 'size' is around 20 megs and about 2300 pixels. I did the roughs on three pieces of legal paper, taped together, then scanned.
Crazyred this is amazing and inspiring. Can you describe your process in more detail? I would like to try my hand at developing some similar illustrations for the 4E D&D game I play with my kids, but I really have no idea where to start.
Sure thing Lunar! Email me, and I'll be happy to bore you endlessly.
ROCK! It's really amazing. My players really go wild for these. The 3d relief helps them envision the city the way it should be.Thanx,Doug
You've outdone yourself!
Very nice! I showed this, along with the Winterhaven map, to my players and they were all very impressed.The only problem I had with it is that of scale - everything seems close together and it doesn't seem like a city you could fit all the occupants into. I just mentioned to my players that everything they see should be mentally padded out by a few hundred houses.I understand the limitations of the canvas and on your time, though, so it's still very awesome!
Yeah, it seems a little off doesn't it? Even with, say, 5 people per residence, you'd have-- what? -- room enough for 500 citizens?In my defense, my main goal was to create a map familiar to everyone who owned a DM guide. While not an exact recreation, I followed the Fallcrest map pretty closely. In order to cram in another hundred shacks and hovels, I would've had to make some major revisions.However, I take comfort in that there are lots of weird things about Fallcrest: Three gargantuan temples in a town of 2000? A 'secret' cave that's pretty much up where everyone can see it? a 150 foot high bluff which people scale just to get to the market? It's a nutty place.Thanks for the comment! =)
Re population 500 ... you could assume a large hinterland of rural folk who would travel regularly into town, maybe even daily, but not live there, so their residences would not show here. I mean, look at Manhattan.
WoW that looks amazing, I'm using it in my own home brew game :)Are you working on any other maps in the nentir vale?Maps like that just make the game more fun.Thank you so much
Thanks Iyar!I'm coming off an extended vacation, but have been thinking a bit about Hammerfast. Probably not a true map (at least initially) but I'll be posting some of my roughs soon.
I think the map is lovely. Teeming with enough details to inspire players to point on it and say, 'I want to go there.' I think you've inspired a lot of DMs to revisit Fallcrest. Thanks tons for working on this.
So, what are the heraldry supposed to represent around the edges of the map? Available guilds in town?
These maps really are so cool, it's so much fun to hand them out to the group. Is there a tip jar around here somewhere?
Already been said, but:Amazing!
You guys are too kind; all I did was dress it up a little bit.@Brother; the heraldry, let's see -- the stag I was thinking would be the Marklehay family crest. The Owl could be for a crest for the wizard in the tower, the blossom I took from the Wiki page on war of the roses I believe -- intended to stand in for whatever imperial state has replaced the Nerath empire. The wheel over the water is the badge of the Porters, the only non-noble organization represented (there's power in a union!). Up top is mostly b.s. Perhaps the hammer is some house from Hammerfast? I'm rereading "The Winter King", so the foxes are for the traitorous king, Gundleus. The rest I think I swiped from the cover of "the world of Greyhawk" at random.
Fantastic cartography style from a fellow cartographer. I do the Game Mastery maps for Paizo Publishing. I'd love to see these little vignettes in the gutters and white space of Kobold Qtrly or any D&D publication. I do love the perspective and the call out of darker tone detail for the key adventuring spots. I agree with the comment to differentiate the higher ground to the lower ground. A nice digital overlayed color ramp might be a subtle trick. Keep up the great work!
I like your drawings, it´s quite well!!!We actually play in Fallcrest and If doesn´t mind you I´m going to publish those drawings in my blog http://eld20rojo.blogspot.com/ THANKSBest regards from Spain
Thanks Rotxo! Naturally, feel free to use/repost any of the stuff you find here, the pleasure is all mine. =)
Simply amazing work! I've just discovered your site (better late than never) and I'm blown away. Your maps remind me of Sergio's Groo the Wanderer comic books I read in my youth. If I was wealthier I'd commission you to do all my campaign mapping for me.Your latest fan, Sid
Thanks Sid! I'm a big Sergio fan myself and make a point to rip him off whenever I'm stuck. =)
I think the half-open tower in the upper left is much more evocative in the version where the "fallcrest" logo isn't covering it up.
Great criticism Noumenon, I think you're right. I appreciate any way to make this stuff clearer and more appealing (evocative, great word). Thanks!
Incredible! Thank you!
Very nice work. Thanks for making this available.
Beautiful - WOTC should hire you.
This is rather after the fact, but thanks so much for this. It's spectacular and brings the town to life in a way that the wotc sketch did not. It convinced me to use Fallcrest in my campaign, simply because of this drawing!-B
This map is ABSOLUTELY beautiful, Brandon. As an artist myself, I want to try my hand at doing my own for later campaigns, but I hope you don't mind us using this one for our first trip to Fallcrest.Absolutely fantastic work, I love it!
Hi, this map is ... WOW ... unique. Today I will introduce some kids to our rpg hobby with help of this map. I am wondering if you tried to do night version?
I love your work (and have purchased both Mistwyk and Woodmuir from RPGNow. I just wish you were still drawing. Not only in the Nentir Vale (I'd love to see you branch out into something like Thunder Rift too), but also your Call of Cthulhu stuff was truly amazing. Please come back and start blogging again!
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