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Post-Apocalyptic British Isles (Political Map)
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Published: November 1, 2016
© 2016 - 2019 Will-Erwin
Gordon Bennett! I've gone and made Ole Blightey all doolally! You probably reckon I'm some right cheeky twat to come up with this damp squib of a map, but before you lose the plot, start bullocking me, and tell me to naff off, just read the inscription 'round the frame, you old bean, and Bob's your uncle.  This isn't some cock up fit to be printed on a bog roll. I've just wangled the islands a bit to fit the story, see. It might seem a bit barmy at first, but when you take a good look, I'm hoping you'll bimble away chuffed.

This map is based on the setting of the Rifts RPG from Palladium Books, specifically World Book 3: England. This is available as a print in this year's Christmas surprise packages. I've also posted a version showing just the bare geography.

I built the terrain from a manipulation of a real-world height map I found on Pinterest. I also re-created some common Celtic braid patterns that I found on a Google Images search. Special thanks to Arsheesh. I used variations on his tutorials to create many of the elements of this map, including the icons, curved labels, and frame.

Palladium Books owns the rights to the Rifts RPG and setting.

All right, then? What do you think? Smashing? Rubbish? Brilliant? Pants? No, no, of the map, not this writing, you giddy kipper!
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aztlanwayneHobbyist Traditional Artist
Outstanding!
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Caw blimey! Stroof almighty... where me house gone! 

Great job ... when all the ice melts on the poles, and the seas rise,  this is what Britain will look like ...better buy a pare of Welly's then :D
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Don't worry, I'm sure your house is there... somewhere... ah well, at least you still have Stonehenge!
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Great work. How's things going?
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty well overall, thanks! PhD research is consuming my life, but I'm enjoying it, and occasionally I still dabble in art. I hope to have a new map up in the next month or two. How are things with you?
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I am doing well. Although working night shift can mess up your social life.
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
I hope it pays accordingly!
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OverdrivePrimeHobbyist General Artist
This is highly relevant to my interests. O__O
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you find it useful, then.
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OverdrivePrimeHobbyist General Artist
Extremely!
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Out of curiosity, what interests are you referring to? I'm curious, and I couldn't find much on your profile.
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OverdrivePrimeHobbyist General Artist
My interests?
Maps, particularly post-apocalyptic and pre-civilization maps. This one is specifically relevant to me as I'm researching/collecting resources for a book set in Post-Roman Lothian and the surrounding Scottish lowlands. I've been digging around for quite a while and I haven't found a high-resolution geographic and political map of the British Islands from around 450 AD.

In addition, I used to play the hell out of Rifts back in the day, loved the Rifts England setting, and am currently running Shadowrun game that relies heavily on ley lines. So... yeah, this map is smack in the center of a Venn Diagram of several of my interests. :)

Also, not sure if you're part of the Cartographer's Guild, but I think that community would seriously dig your work. cartographersguild.com/
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
I've picked up quite a few tricks on the Cartographers Guild, and I pop in there from time to time, I went through a phase when I competed on some of their monthly challenges a while back, which was a lot of fun.

It shouldn't be terribly difficult to come up with a decent map of Great Britain circa 450 AD. Here's a political map from that time:
www.earlybritishkingdoms.com/m…

If you overlay that on top of a bare geography map of Britain, that should do the job for your political boundaries. Cities would require more research, but would be easy enough to place, since most of them are likely in the same place as their modern counterparts. The tricky part would be determining which ones existed and at what population level in 450, which would involve plenty of guesswork.
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OverdrivePrimeHobbyist General Artist
Many thanks for the thoughts on this! I'm going to have to mashup a couple different maps, I think. What I'd love to find out is how much the land itself has changed since then. Obviously, Britain back then was a lot more forested, but I wonder if the rivers have moved at all since then, or if there's any sign that there was land that's since eroded into the sea. Probably too much nebbishy detail, but it still makes me wonder.

Out of curiosity, what sort of setup do you use for your map? I've tried using Cartographer's Guid's guides for a couple maps of fantasy worlds and much quicker than I thought, found myself beating my computer into submission with a massive 2GB photoshop file.
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My pleasure! Britain doesn't have a lot of geological activity, so I wouldn't expect a lot of large-scale changes. Areas of high erosion would need to be expanded (Dover comes to mind). Rivers would be a bit tricky on the small scale, but their general shape shouldn't change too much. Forests would be far wider and dominate the landscape.

You can always take the height map I provide the link to above and make your own map. The video tutorial at the top of my web page would work pretty well on it (just skip the despeckling, coast defining, and star removal steps). All you'd need to do would be manipulate the height map to your preferences, run it through the steps.

As for my setup I use GIMP 2.8 for most of my map-making, along with WILBUR for erosion effects and Inkscape for labels and icons. File sizes for GIMP can get pretty big, depending on the number/size/complexity of the image layers. 2GB sounds about right for the GIMP source file of a map like this one. On the hardware side, I use an SSD hard drive and a decent gaming laptop, which do the job well enough to make a file big enough to print on a movie poster (up to 9GB).
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Chaosfive-55Hobbyist General Artist
You get full marks for the use of "Gordon Bennett!" which is my favorite British expletive...however, your post-apocalyptic map of great Britain needs to reference the Kingdom of Albion as described in Trinity Blood. ;)
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, thanks! It took an almost immoral amount of time for me to put together that introductory paragraph. I'm not familiar with Trinity Blood beyond the 1-minute Google search I just did, but I suppose a redux of this map might be able to portray Albion if I took away all the current political and magical features.
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Oh, please don't take away anything! :aww: I was thinking of all the myths and legends, both ancient and modern, which surround Britain;
there is enough room to show them together!  For example, you could add miniature Wardrobes to show where the doorways to Narnia can be found!
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Gashu-MonsataProfessional Digital Artist
Haha I don't know much about what this is for, but this map is pretty cool! I'd be from Nortown Kingdom :) Got any info on what it's like in Nortown? I'd love to hear! 
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
Nortown is a kingdom of faerie folk, with sprites, pixies, night elves, et cetera. While some druid-type people live out there in a remote hamlet here and there, it's not a good spot for most people to live due to the mischief of the faeries (and the threat of their more sinister cousins who also live there).

Anyway, thanks for the kind words! I've been to Cornwall, Bath, and a few other places in southwest England and South Wales. It's a lovely region, and the people were quite welcoming. Regards from across the pond, and here, have a llama!
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JayLeyPriceHobbyist General Artist
Ye can barely see ma Orkney. 
Oh I miss her dear.
Why does it say "tree of ages" on Orkney?
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Will-ErwinHobbyist Digital Artist
This map is set in a science fiction future, and part of the science fiction is a couple dozen gigantic, magical "Millennium Trees" in some very special places. The one on Orkney is particularly large and special.

Alas, I've only spent a week in Scotland, and never visited Orkney, but I hear it's lovely.
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