ianpaschal: Woops my bad lol.If terrain developments your thing, then read on.
Moerp: Thanks, hope you don't get too anoyed in this update then.
infamousjibe: I did render the entire island then the below happened lol.
DonVitoCorleone: Thanks, though this entry shows some changes to the island (some being a slight understatement)
OOC: More Terraforming
Now I know this update will probably put a few people off and may even annoy some of you but once I'd tried to start playing on the last map I just didn't like it. The mountains were too pointy and I didn’t feel that they were incorporated into the surroundings to well (it was basically flat or pointy).
This has led to why there hasn't been any updates this week, basically I decided to try and create a new map. Doing this led to me trying several different ways to create more transitional maps.
First up I tried a wedding cake tiered approach.
This worked well and gave me a large amount of control up until the point where I wanted to smooth them out. At this point I realised that without adding a tier for each height level the whole thing just looked too artificial.
Back to the drawing board.
Next up comes the map I'm currently working on. Deciding that using a tiered approach didn't work too well I decided to change it up and use the Steep Hill tool at a low strength to create a rugged landscape. Slowly through input from chat and my preferences the map below has emerged and is where I am at currently.
Starting off with a vague and bumpy shape I started to lay out low areas for settlements. You can also see my start a mountain off randomly on the map.
After getting some feedback ianpaschal showed me the wonders of Fractal mountain ranges and I went a bit crazy adding a long snaking one cutting the island in half.
At which point it was pointed out that I may have gone a bit to mad with it and the snaking didn't make any sense with the shape of the island. Out came the valley tool and a while later I had a island that followed the ridge more or less.
This final image shows where I'm at currently as I slowly make my way around the island adding details and ruggedness to the shoreline and mountain range.
So there's the first update on the region. Sorry if the terraforming is boring for you I will get to the cities soon, I just want to make sure that if I plan to spend ages on the region that I'm really happy with the map.
Till next time where we'll hopefully see the finished map.
NOTE: Please ignore the random green flat tiles. SC4 mapper decided it disliked some of the tiles and wiped them for some reason.