Current Strategic Map of Germany
My latest project is to replace the campaign maps.
I designed the original maps to make them practical for transferring from the campaign to the wargames table.
There are different types of maps. The largest cover all of Europe. Plus one for France, Germany and Spain. On these maps each square covers an area of 15 square miles. This is one days march; it is also one wargames table.
The maps are so large that it is difficult to read them, without using the zoom option on the computer. On the blog it is quite difficult to make out cities and towns, even with the zoom.
In addition they are not very pretty. I am not very artistic, as my maps clearly demonstrate. And because they were designed to be so functional they are even less attractive than they might be.
New Strategic Map of Germany
So I have redesigned them to show much less detail. For my own information I will still use the old maps. But this type of map will be sent to each commander, and used on the campaign diary blog.
On this map each square covers an area of 45 square miles. So each one will be a whole campaign phase that is nine wargame tables.
All of the maps used by the campaign commanders will be in this style. I will make duplicates of each map to show the exact table terrain, but they will not be sent to the players.
I have made two of these maps, one with major roads and this one without. I am not sure which to use for the campaign. The major roads show best route between cities, and would follow the traditional campaign areas.
There is still a lot of work to do. I have made one tactical map using this style, and I quite like it. But I am not sure whether to introduce them during the current campaign, or to wait for the end of a phase and introduce them for the next phase. That makes more sense, but it would mean that I will be dealing with both types of maps until all five campaign areas have completed a phase.