Look at these cool maps. Just look and salivate.

OK, I’d better say a little more than that! These maps were all found on Cartographer’s Guild, a site I found thanks to helpful commenter drow. Each map has its own unique style. Click on the map to view the full-size version over on Cartographer’s Guild. The detail in these maps is amazing. You won’t regret it.

Edit: You will have to click on over to the Cartographer’s Guild and register to view some of the maps. But trust me, it’s worth it. These are freaking awesome maps, and I want you to be able to see them.

 

Tarnath by Troedel

Tarnath

The map of Tarnath was created by overlaying transparent images from profile maps onto the existing outlines and then blending and colorizing them. If you look at the full size version of any of these maps, please make it this one. Zoom in and look at the amazing detail on the mountains and river valleys. I think that of all the maps I’ve seen so far, I like this one’s style the best.

The Eastern Continent of Tarnath by Troedel

The Eastern Continent of Tarnath

This is a representation of the easternmost continent of Tarnath. The style is somewhat different, and the place names are in German rather than English, but you can tell it’s the same continent. This map has an almost creepy feeling to it—the forests resemble growing mildew, the coastline looks stormy as if the waves were breaking against the shore, and the colors make it feel like dusk is settling on the land. It almost makes me shiver!

 

The Khanate of Montray by Diamond

The Khanate of Montray

The Khanate of Montray is a post-apocalyptic version of part of California, which you’ll quickly recognize once you start looking at some of the place names. The style of this map is a little comic-booky, if that’s the right word. The mountains, hills, and forest icons were taken from a set of Photoshop paintbrushes created by a member of Deviantart. I’ve lost the link, but I’m sure I could help you find it if you’re interested.

 

Mír’aj by Ascension

Mir'aj

This one has a definite Arabic type feel to it, which is partly due to the desert setting and colors, but in many ways is due to the excellent font choices, especially the Arabic-style script around the edges. This is another map that will be better appreciated if you zoom in.

 

Demagoria by Katto

Demagoria

I love the old style of this map. Not much detail in the way of terrain, but I like the subtle colors that represent political delineations, the parchment texture, and the antique-looking icons in the corners.

 

Which one is your favorite, and why? Which would you rather see inside a fantasy book?

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I can only see Tarnath and the one you’ve embedded (looks like you have to sign up for the forum to see the others). They’re both pretty cool. I like the look and feel of the Khanate of Montray’s altered California, but I also like the sheer fantasy style of the Tarnath map. The terrain detail in Tarnath is incredible. I’d *love* to have that kind of detail in my own map, but I don’t think I could spend that much time on it (besides which, I don’t have and can’t use Photoshop). It could all be done by hand,… Read more »

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I’m trying to contact the map owners so I can post original copies. In the meantime, check out this other cool map:

http://thevalcian.deviantart.com/art/Valcia-Regional-Fantasy-Map-117923496

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Hey, thanks for featuring my Montray map. The artist who created the mountain/hill/tree brushes is StarRaven.

Here’s a link to the brush pack on DeviantArt:

http://starraven.deviantart.com/art/Sketchy-Cartography-Brushes-198264358

-Jim

Ben
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Jim, no problem. I’m glad you approve of me using it. I try not to use images that I don’t have permission for, but when I can post them as a linked image, it salves my conscience. So I’m glad your map was posted on an area of the Cartographer’s Guild that was visible to the public.

I’ve downloaded that brush pack. Awesome! Thanks for the link.