Saturday, January 26, 2013

Retro Style domed sci-fi colony

Well this morning I was inspired to try doing a sci-fi map. I love pulp sci-fi as well and one of the things I think of when thinking of that style of sci-fi are the domed cities, etc. So here is what I have sketched out so far. It is definitely still a WIP.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A pantheon of gods created by my son

My 15 year old sun had to create a pantheon of gods and write a myth focusing on one of the gods and their interaction with others.This was a school project from two years ago. I was really surprised by what he wrote and thought it quite good. I thought I would share here and see what you all thought.

Alliamas was sired by Allinidus, god of anger, and his wife Kin, goddess of water. Alliamas, goddess of storms, could be as tranquil as her mother, or she could be as destructive and mindless as her father. It is this two-sided nature of Alliamas that makes her feared and favored by sailors and farmers. She is also the patron of destruction and change. 

Alliamas married Senki, god of the ocean, and together they sired two children. They had one son and one daughter. The son was the god of lightning, and his name was Tridus. The daughter was the goddess of thunder, and her name was Kahn. This combination was a powerful force, but if one should be taken away, it diminished the power of its sibling. 

Alliamas is naturally opposed to Toni; the sun god. Their opposition to one another runs deeper than their elemental alignments. Toni the sun god, had on one occasion captured Kahn the thunder goddess in hopes of making her his wife. Alliamas went berserk with rage at Toni's insolence to attempt such a brazen act. A long, protracted war was fought to regain Alliamas' daughter, Kahn. Lightning bolts were thrown. Rain started pouring down and winds started to rise. Kahn's screams of terror were heard. 

During this war, Toni was successful in marrying Kahn, and they had a daughter named Sarona, the goddess of the rainbow. After every storm, Sarona can be found standing between the storm and the sun, trying to bring peace between her grandmother and father.

Alliamas is a fickle goddess and her followers are more apt to appease her than to draw her attention.
Sailors speak of Alliamus' fury with awe and fear because they have seen her snap their ships like twigs and sweep away entire fleets like a child with their play things. 

Farmers seek Alliamus' gifts of rain but are always wary of angering her for fear of a flood or a drought. Therefore, they balance their worship between Toni and Alliamus, seeking a fine line between the two.

Stylized maps

I was working on a Ruins and Ronins campaign when I attempted to create a map in the style of some of the Asian artists. The end result was so so IMO. I am however my own worst critic so I figured I would post them here and let you all judge them.

Icehearth Barrow (The mapping continues)

Back in 2011 I was laid off from my job. Being Bi-polar this sent me into a depressed tail spin for many months. One thing that kept me from going bat shit crazy was my 25yr old son who had come to live with me and my wife at this time because he injured his knee rather severely and was unable to work for 2 or 3 months. During that time he introduced me to the video game Skyrim of the Elder Scrolls series. I became very immersed in the game. The following dungeon was inspired by my time spent playing the game. I have been working on and off on it since 2011. I would probably say it has been one of my most difficult dungeons to map. Each level is divided into tiers, the number of tiers per level fluctuates. The color blue on the map denotes water, red denotes fires and hot coals, .......(dotted lines) denote where a passage passes under another or is an area carved out of the wall. Solid black squares and rectangles usually denote a coffin or sarcophagi. The arrows running along side passages denotes the direction that they sloping down to. Arrows running down the center of stairs denotes the direction that the stairs descend to.

Level 1 Tier 1

Level 1 Tier 2

Level 1 Tier 3

Level 2 Tier 1

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The City of Rakiir (inked and close to being finished)

Well I am almost done with this one. I have a few finishing touches than its all done. Enjoy.

Take a walk on the dungeon side.

Alright I have been posting a lot of outdoor maps but I thought I should also throw some dungeon maps out there as well. These were all drawn within the last 5yrs. Some are still works in progress.

The Soul Eating Cat

The Soul Eating Cat is a horror created by demon worshiping witches. They are common house cats that have been slain by a wight. They still appear as such until you meet their gaze whereupon the victim sees that where their eyes should be are two orbital sockets bigger than they should be. Meeting the gaze of these creatures drains the victim one level each time they meet the cats gaze.

Armor Class: 6
Hit Dice: 1d4

Like all undead they are immune to sleep and charm spells but despite being undead they cannot be turned by a cleric of any level. Anyone trying to attack them while avoiding their gaze does so at -4 to hit.

Late night thoughts. This is all I have on this so far.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A walk down memory lane...

Well I didn't have access to a scanner today but I thought I might post some of my older maps and some of my color ones as well. These were all drawn between 1994 to 1996.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Port of Tagoom

As noted on the previous city map (Rakiir) there is a place called the Port of Tagoom. Here is this small but serviceable shallow draft port (ships like Knorrs, Dhows, etc.). Again this is a work in progress but I was feeling motivated tonight and was able to whip out both sketches tonight.

This one isn't as exciting as some of my other city maps but I think it still plays a role and needs to be mapped as well.

Early sketch of the next Pulp Fantasy cities

Here is the early rendition of the city of Rakiir that I drew tonight. It is definitley a work in progress but I am very happy with it so far.

 I have to say that there is nothing quite so tedious as drawing little buildings and try to plot out street designs.

Pulp Fantasy CIty

Here is the finished map of the City of Ingara from my Pulp Fantasy Campaign I am putting together. The only thing not done is what scale I should use. The maps is drawn on a 9x12 inch paper. Anyone got any suggestions? 1 inch = ???

Well I have been working on my Pulp Fantasy campaign map some more and here is the South Eastern region.

I have also worked on a fantasy Europe map as well and here is what I have done so far-

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Illustrations I have done (fantasy & sci-fi)

These are drawings I have done a couple of them have been published as well.