The Northrend Map is enhanced with the same additional details shown in the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor map updates, showing additional natural and artificial features such as cities, swamps, strongholds, lakes, ruins, rivers, roads, and zeppelin routes.
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The interactive Azeroth Atlas defaults to the world map, showing all continents, but can be toggled between specific continents, enabling all the extra detail seen in the static map updates. It also contains a number of tools allowing users to zoom in, set markers, toggle various features, and even draw on the map – great for anyone looking to use this as a resource for their own projects.
Cartography is a time honored tradition spanning thousands of years, with the oldest surviving real world maps dating back to the 9th century BCE. There are many varied types of maps in use today, from geologic, nautical, weather, and those which don’t show physical features, such as political, cultural, and even electronic maps. What Sturmbart has made would be categorized as a physical map (or sometimes general-purpose), showing a broad understanding of man-made locations, while using color to convey natural features such as mountains and lakes, without the contour lines dictating precise elevation found in topographic maps. This makes it generally useful for providing a variety of information without focusing on any one thing in particular.
The self taught hobby artist, full-time shaman, and Warcraft addict Sturmbart the insane created these maps using the in-game minimap files to showcasing the shape and character of Azeroth’s surface using elevation shading and aquatic depth, as well as a fully fleshed legend with additional natural and artificial features such as cities, swamps, strongholds, lakes, ruins, rivers, roads, and zeppelin routes.
Maps aren’t Sturmbart’s only strong suit however, the exceptionally talented character artist has also done a number of sketches and fully finished portraits showcased on Twitter, Instagram, and Artstation, just a few of which can be seen below. Fans of his work can also visit his shop to pick up a print of these handsome maps for themselves.
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