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Homeworld-Map-v3 Canon by Norsehound
Homeworld-Map-v3 Canon
With Homeworld Remaster's release, I found myself back at the Homeworld map. Enough to complete as much as I could for all of my canon releases.

This version of the Homeworld map contains everything I could get my hands on for Homeworld 1 and 2. This includes all the loading screens, "Adjusted" small-screens for the level loading screens of the classics (lined up, they do not follow the campaign path), and the few precious loading screens from Homeworld 2 as best as I could.

Catalcysm is not represented on this map. I did check it for references- they are all contradictory. Barking Dog apparently had not a care for map consistency. Relic might not have been exact but at least they used one galactic depiction to base everything off of. BD did not even do that.

So, this is everything Canon for homeworld. I haven't combed through all the Revised references yet (Still working through HW1), but this is everything. After this, we go into conjecture and fanon-land.

...looks pretty bare doesn't it? That's why I made stuff up to populate the universe with. And it's that license that I'll be using to make this map into something pretty and populated. Starting with all the concept-art map depictions of the universe.
Hiigara-Map WIP by Norsehound
Hiigara-Map WIP
You guys know my second Kharak system map right?

I had intended to follow up with a map of the Hiigaran system, but never got around to finishing it. I'm a bit squeezed for time nowadays, so I don't know how soon I could finish this one, but given the appearance of this other guidestone and maybe another layout to the Hiigaran system I brought this back to show it off.

Apart from Hiigara we know very little about the Hiigaran system.
Angel-Moon-Variationsv2 by Norsehound
Remastered gave us four new angel moon variants for Homeworld, if you can believe that. So here they are in this amended chart.

From top to bottom, left to right;

The Guidestone Pedestal Relief is on the pedestal that held the guidestone, found in the ruins of the Khar-Toba. We can guess this was also the sigil of the ancient Hiigaran empire. I tried my best to trace it in Illustrator, but this is the hardest of the angel moons to logo (Every other logo after it was vector-based).

The CD Cover one is the graphic used on the install, for the GOTY CD cover, for the startup icon, and the logo for Fleet Intelligence in the game. Basically, this is HW1's logo.

The Main Menu Icon is actually in a minor location; on the main menu for Homeworld 1 in the lower-right corner. It was so different in the dimensions of the wings that I decided to document it as a variant.

The game manual graphic I didn't know where it came from, until I opened the Homeworld 1 manual and found it. This is the 'modern' HW1 logo, and is used mostly whenever anyone references HW1. The change between this and the "First" HW1 logo are principally in merging the spheres with the wings.

The Promotional site graphic was on the splash page for a countdown to information on Homeworld 2. The date came and went with no information, but the logo remained. Apparently this logo was the alpha version of the game before HW2 was scrapped and re-designed from the ground up.

The Homeworld 2 one is the one that made it into the final retail version of the game. Used for the badges, any official Hiigaran logo, etx. Wider than the HW1 versions, with the feathers of the guidestone pedestal and HW2 alpha.

The Decade Interceptor one is present on the interceptor drawn by Dave Cheong, on behalf of Relic to thank the fans for a decade of dedication for Homeworld. The Interceptor is new, so is the logo, and this is my attempt to replicate it. Since it IS from Relic, and IS an Angel-Moon derivative, it MUST be included here and before RedPanther's HW:E logo.

The Homeworld: Empire is actually unofficial; it was made by OneRedPanther when rumors were abound of a Homeworld Massive Multiplayer Online game. While I oppose MMORPGs and don't want Homeworld anywhere near them (noting what happened to the Warcraft universe when WoW happened), I nevertheless thought the logo was interesting enough to include as a variant of the Angel Moon.


Based on their file names I wonder if the HM badges were alternate Homeworld Mothership icons that were considered for replacing the classic angel moons. Just my guess. Since I'm not able to extract these badges I had to free-hand all of them as best as I could. Even HM3, used for the menus, refuses to be screencapped for some reason.

HM1 is very similar to the Dave Cheong one. HM2 is an approximation and an interesting version. Probably the most radical-yet-original of a list of thumbnails I can imagine exists around BBI or Gearbox. I had a hard time with this one and might try another go at it again when I have the inclination.

HM3 Is a close permutation of the HW1 CD Cover version. The lower circle is set higher and the higher circle imposes on the wings. This is used for the main menu graphics and is the "Homeworld 1" Icon for remastered. A very nice throwback logo.

This Remastered Pedestal Relief is from the same image with the different guidestone. Certainly different from the older relief carving... whichever one is "proper" is significant because it represents the identification of the old Hiigaran empire (which the exiles redesigned for their own use no doubt). Here is the outer outline of the glyph since there were three inset tiers, I only wanted the silhouette.
Analysis: Guidestone by Norsehound
Analysis: Guidestone
Yes, I have Homeworld Remastered. Of course! I got it early because work makes me sad.

Anyway, given my eye for detail, fanaticism for homeworld, and the drive to find cartographic details this thing caught my eye. It's in the first cutscene depicting the salvage of the Khar-Toba. The Guidestone is... different!

Can't tell if it's artisitc license or something deliberate. This is an analysis sketch to point out to some on relicnews that there ARE differences, and not insignificant ones.

Funny thing is a rendition of the classic guidestone shows up in the very next scene. So why didn't they just crop and drop that one and why this something new?
Homeworld-Map-v3Part by Norsehound
This is the furthest I've gotten with version 3 of the Homeworld map. This definitive version started out including every asset I could get my hands on canonically for the Homeworld universe from in-game and cinematic sources. This is all of Homeworld 1 compiled.

Homeworld Returned today. You can find the remastered version on Steam.
It's been a while since I've written, so I guess it's time for an update.

A few people have written to me asking for commissions work but the simple matter of it is, it isn't enough to sustain a living with, so I've discontinued doing commissions presently. I don't have the effort or the interest to pursue these transitory things when I really need something stable.

My last two jobs within the gaming industry were wonderful, desirable jobs that made me feel like I was moving forward with my career but they ended all-too soon.  Because of how jarring these losses were I don't think I can do a contractor's career. I want stability when it comes to holding a job and with this economy, in an art field, that just isn't possible. At least, not when I've tried to get one with my background of less than a year's worth of production design I guess.

At the moment I've returned to school to take instruction in Programming and hopefully go through a new open door. It may lead me back into the gaming industry but at least it means (hopefully) that I can have something stable and keep art as a hobby until another door opens up to let me in to pursue my passions. This also means taking a retail job to sustain me and my increasing health insurance payments while I try to learn a new trade.

It's not the most ideal turn of events, but I keep looking at my bank account decrease and job applications fly from my mailbox with no reply. Something needs to be done.

Thank you all for watching. I don't mean to say I'll discontinue my art efforts here, just that barring some kind of permanent job offer I don't think I'll be really responsive to requests for commissions.


A post-script. I've had requests in the past to license my Axel designs... in particular the KR-14 series. As a rule I must deny these requests. The Axels are native to the universe I made them for... I can't just break off the designs and hand them away. That would make them alien to the universe they were created for should I press on with them for other things.

It would be a thing to ask me to design machines similar to the Axels, which I have done, but the Axel series is not a gallery to loan out individual machines from. It is a showcase of what I like to do best; and that's draw robots.

Thank you.
  • Listening to: Retro New Wave
  • Reading: Fantasy Flight Game Forums
  • Watching: Moonrise Kingdom
  • Playing: FFG's X-Wing Miniatures
  • Drinking: Milk


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Michael Ptak
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Graphic Designer, artist, imaginative. The Right Place is somewhere creative.

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In case that song made no sense whatsoever, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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Here's a happy birthday a bit early, so that I don't miss it. :)
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Been a fan back from the relic board. Keep it up.
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Dude, you just draw the bests mechs i've ever seen! Don't stop!!
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