Sunday, 18 February 2018

New Campaign Map



Strategic map of Spain
I seem to spend most of my life making new campaign maps.   I enjoy doing it, it’s a little like basket weaving.    There is a lot of repetitive work, very similar to painting model soldiers.   In fact I seem to have replaced painting with making maps.

Above is my current Strategic Map of Spain.   Each square is 15 miles and shows the area covered by one days march in the campaign.   Each square has a named town or city, which becomes the objective of the campaign phase.   This map is only used for planning purposes.
Tactical map for Linares campaign
For campaign movement I make a tactical map which covers the same area as three squares on the strategic map.   Each square is 5 miles and is a scenic square on the wargames table.   This map is used for campaign movement and to transfer battles to the table top

The problem with these maps is that apart from town names and rivers, all other terrain has to be made up.
Malcolm Map of Spain
Many years ago I discovered the campaign maps produced by Malcolm McCallum, which I think were called Murat Maps.   I contacted him and he confirmed he was happy for me to use them for my campaign.    These maps covered the same area, but unfortunately not the same scale.   His maps use one campaign day to move from town to town.

They had the great advantage that they showed the terrain I was missing, though not sure how accurate it was.   Even more important they showed national borders, including the minor European states.
 Malcolm map with strategic grid


To use this map in my campaign I had to use a grid system.   I started by using three of the bars on the map surround.   Each of these would become one square on my strategic map.   I highlighted one town in each square to be the campaign objective.
Malcolm map with tactical grid

I then drew a second grid, using each of the bars on the map surround.   Each of these would become one square on my tactical map, and also one scenic square on my wargames table.


New Strategic map of Spain

This is my new strategic map.   This is copied directly from Malcolm’s map.   I will now have to add towns in each of the empty squares, so that each square has a campaign objective.   I will then have to compare it with my current map to ensure that all towns used in previous campaigns are still named.

Using this system I will eventually be able to cope all 21 maps created by Malcolm, or at least as many as I need to cover my campaign area.   I will then be able to create a map of Europe with the same detail as each of the strategic maps.

Should keep me busy for a couple of months at least.

5 comments:

Jonathan Freitag said...

Malcolm's maps are works of art and yours are delightful enhancements. Are you using Campaign Cartographer as did Malcolm?

thistlebarrow said...

Hi Johanhan

I would agree that Malcolm's maps are indeed works of art, and a great free resource to all wargamers.

I have used them myself in a couple of campaigns I took part in, and found them very easy to use.

He must have spent a huge amount of time creating them, and it is very generous of him to allow others to use them for free.

It is unfortunate that they do not fit easily into my own campaign system, which is the reason I have had to convert them.

I do indeed use Campaign Cartographer. It is also a great, and relatively very cheap, aid to campaign map making. I have had my copy for about six years or so, and still get free and fast support from them when I have a problem.

Unfortunately I feel I do not use them to their full potential. I am not a natural when working with new apps or systems on the computer. I struggle to master the basics of what I want to do, and no doubt miss out on most of the possibilities. However I would not be without it now.

regards

Paul

Robert (Bob) Cordery said...

I like the original map and the way you have converted it into a gridded campaign map. The step-by-step illustrations are very helpful, and I can see myself using a similar method for my own campaign maps.

All the best,

Bob

thistlebarrow said...

Hi Bob

The advantage of Malcolm's maps is that they don't have to have a grid. His movement rate is one campaign day from town to town, even if some are slightly further on the map than others.

This did not suit me because I use the grid on the tactical map to illustrate what the scenic square will look like on the wargames table.

If it were not for that fact, I would have used his system. If only to save the trouble of making new maps.

He has done 21 maps, which cover a much larger area than I need for my own campaign.

I would strongly recommend using his maps for your proposed campaign

regards

Paul

Jacko said...

That is a great map Paul