Posts Tagged ‘05 – 1813 Campaign Maps’

Campaign Maps – France and Italy

Posted on September 17th, 2017 under . Posted by


Previous map of Europe
My 1813 campaign is situated in Germany and Spain.  I created this outline map of Europe which included major cities.   It covers Berlin and Vienna on the right, and extends to Portugal and Gibraltar on the left.   I used this on the campaign blog to show where the five campaign areas are (three in Germany and two in Spain).  Each city is named, but the scale is too large to read them on the blog.

New map of Europe
The new map covers an even larger area, as it extends to Warsaw in the east.   But because it is not to scale it does not have to be so large.   Each hex is a campaign phase area.   All capital cities are shown and major national borders.   Each hex has the name of the city it contains, which will also be the name of the campaign phase.   On the computer the detail is quite clear, and even on the campaign blog it is possible to see the major cities.   It is quite easy to see that there are ten hex from Paris to Berlin.   

New map of France
The next step was to create a national map of Germany and Spain, which I have shown on the previous blogs.    When I had done so I had duplicated the maps which I used for the past ten years for my 1813 campaign.
However I wanted to expand the campaign options to include France.   This would give me the option to include France if I wished to do so.  It also made it easy for me to determine where the eastern edge of the map of Germany went.   To make this easier I extended the map of France to include the border hex on the German side.

New map of Italy
I don’t have any plans to extend the 1813 campaign, or even a possible 1814 campaign, to include Italy.   But I thought it best to create a national map of Italy in case I should ever want to change the entire campaign in the future.  It’s to do them all at the same time when the principles are fresh in my mind.
So now I have a comprehensive and interlocking series of maps to include all of Europe, with a clear set of campaign phases.   I have also created more detailed campaign maps of the five geographical areas included in the current campaign.   And if I wanted to extend it to include France and/or Italy it would be easy to do so for them.

Campaign Maps – France and Italy

Posted on September 17th, 2017 under . Posted by


Previous map of Europe
My 1813 campaign is situated in Germany and Spain.  I created this outline map of Europe which included major cities.   It covers Berlin and Vienna on the right, and extends to Portugal and Gibraltar on the left.   I used this on the campaign blog to show where the five campaign areas are (three in Germany and two in Spain).  Each city is named, but the scale is too large to read them on the blog.

New map of Europe
The new map covers an even larger area, as it extends to Warsaw in the east.   But because it is not to scale it does not have to be so large.   Each hex is a campaign phase area.   All capital cities are shown and major national borders.   Each hex has the name of the city it contains, which will also be the name of the campaign phase.   On the computer the detail is quite clear, and even on the campaign blog it is possible to see the major cities.   It is quite easy to see that there are ten hex from Paris to Berlin.   

New map of France
The next step was to create a national map of Germany and Spain, which I have shown on the previous blogs.    When I had done so I had duplicated the maps which I used for the past ten years for my 1813 campaign.
However I wanted to expand the campaign options to include France.   This would give me the option to include France if I wished to do so.  It also made it easy for me to determine where the eastern edge of the map of Germany went.   To make this easier I extended the map of France to include the border hex on the German side.

New map of Italy
I don’t have any plans to extend the 1813 campaign, or even a possible 1814 campaign, to include Italy.   But I thought it best to create a national map of Italy in case I should ever want to change the entire campaign in the future.  It’s to do them all at the same time when the principles are fresh in my mind.
So now I have a comprehensive and interlocking series of maps to include all of Europe, with a clear set of campaign phases.   I have also created more detailed campaign maps of the five geographical areas included in the current campaign.   And if I wanted to extend it to include France and/or Italy it would be easy to do so for them.

Campaign Maps – Spanish Regions

Posted on September 9th, 2017 under . Posted by

Spanish Campaign AreasThere are two campaign areas in Spain, both outlined in white on this map.  The northern is the campaign area for British v Fourth French Army.   The British base is at Oporto and the French at Bayonne.  …

Campaign Maps – Spanish Regions

Posted on September 9th, 2017 under . Posted by

Spanish Campaign AreasThere are two campaign areas in Spain, both outlined in white on this map.  The northern is the campaign area for British v Fourth French Army.   The British base is at Oporto and the French at Bayonne.  …

Campaign Maps – Spain

Posted on September 2nd, 2017 under . Posted by

Previous campaign map of SpainThis is the previous campaign map of Spain.   It covers an area from the French border to the coast of Portugal.   Both national and regional borders are shown.   It includes all major terrai…

Campaign Maps – Spain

Posted on September 2nd, 2017 under . Posted by

Previous campaign map of SpainThis is the previous campaign map of Spain.   It covers an area from the French border to the coast of Portugal.   Both national and regional borders are shown.   It includes all major terrai…

Campaign Maps – German Regions

Posted on August 27th, 2017 under . Posted by

All GermanyThe three campaign regions of Germany are indicated by the white lines.   Each hex is a campaign area.   There are 22 in north Germany, 15 in central Germany and 23 in south Germany.   Each hex has the name of …

Campaign Maps – German Regions

Posted on August 27th, 2017 under . Posted by

All GermanyThe three campaign regions of Germany are indicated by the white lines.   Each hex is a campaign area.   There are 22 in north Germany, 15 in central Germany and 23 in south Germany.   Each hex has the name of …

Campaign Maps – Germany

Posted on August 20th, 2017 under . Posted by

First Map of Germany
My first attempt was to make as detailed and accurate a map as possible.   It covered an area from the north coast to Vienna, and from Warsaw to the river Rhine.   The grid was 15 miles square, which is one days march in the campaign or the size of a wargames table.   The white lines show the three campaign areas.
This map worked well on the computer, because I can zoom in and read all the detail.   I could also just copy sections for the area and even wargame maps.   But it does not work very well on the blog.   The map looks very “busy” and is difficult to “read”.   The blog is my diary of the campaign, and includes information about each phase plus battle reports.  So it is quite important that the maps also work on the blog.
The location of cities and towns is correct, as is the distance between them.  The location of rivers is also correct.   But the rest of the terrain is fictional.
AA Road Atlas
All of this information was taken from the road atlas.   This has the advantage that I can also use modern maps such as Google Maps and Google Earth.  But the road system is completely wrong for 1813. As is the size and importance of some towns and cities.   I found it very difficult to reconcile modern maps with historical ones.  I also found it very difficult to plot major terrain features.
New Map of Germany
The new map has a hex grid, rather than squares.   It is the same scale as the map of Europe, which is 60 miles per hex, or four times each square on the previous map.   Each hex is a campaign area, again the same as the new Europe map.  It has the same major borders shown.   Each city or town has a symbol showing either a city (with a church) or a town.   It also shows whether they are walled or not.
I used the previous map of Germany to plot the cities and towns shown on this map.   
I then put in a new road system of major roads (red) between cities and minor roads (yellow) between towns.  I kept the original more detailed borders and towns adjacent to a border were walled, others were not. I made a few exceptions when a walled town (such as Ratisbon or Dresden) had played an important part in an historical battle.  This information is not shown on this map, but it helps to explain why some towns are walled and some not.  Only major borders are shown on this map, but minor ones were used to determine which towns would be walled and which open.   I decided against any terrain features on this map in order to keep it simple. 
I like the simplistic look of this new map.   It is only used for planning, and for illustration on the blog.   Even on the blog it is easy to see where campaign objectives are, and to calculate how many phases you would have to fight to take a major objective.  For example three campaigns to take Munich from Vienna.   It is also useful to see which direction each army can move at the end of the current campaign phase.  For example from Erfurt the winner could move to Magdeburg, Halle or Zwickau.   None of this is obvious from the previous map of Germany.
The white lines show the army borders between north, central and southern Germany.   Next week I will deal with the regional maps.

Campaign Maps – Germany

Posted on August 20th, 2017 under . Posted by

First Map of Germany
My first attempt was to make as detailed and accurate a map as possible.   It covered an area from the north coast to Vienna, and from Warsaw to the river Rhine.   The grid was 15 miles square, which is one days march in the campaign or the size of a wargames table.   The white lines show the three campaign areas.
This map worked well on the computer, because I can zoom in and read all the detail.   I could also just copy sections for the area and even wargame maps.   But it does not work very well on the blog.   The map looks very “busy” and is difficult to “read”.   The blog is my diary of the campaign, and includes information about each phase plus battle reports.  So it is quite important that the maps also work on the blog.
The location of cities and towns is correct, as is the distance between them.  The location of rivers is also correct.   But the rest of the terrain is fictional.
AA Road Atlas
All of this information was taken from the road atlas.   This has the advantage that I can also use modern maps such as Google Maps and Google Earth.  But the road system is completely wrong for 1813. As is the size and importance of some towns and cities.   I found it very difficult to reconcile modern maps with historical ones.  I also found it very difficult to plot major terrain features.
New Map of Germany
The new map has a hex grid, rather than squares.   It is the same scale as the map of Europe, which is 60 miles per hex, or four times each square on the previous map.   Each hex is a campaign area, again the same as the new Europe map.  It has the same major borders shown.   Each city or town has a symbol showing either a city (with a church) or a town.   It also shows whether they are walled or not.
I used the previous map of Germany to plot the cities and towns shown on this map.   
I then put in a new road system of major roads (red) between cities and minor roads (yellow) between towns.  I kept the original more detailed borders and towns adjacent to a border were walled, others were not. I made a few exceptions when a walled town (such as Ratisbon or Dresden) had played an important part in an historical battle.  This information is not shown on this map, but it helps to explain why some towns are walled and some not.  Only major borders are shown on this map, but minor ones were used to determine which towns would be walled and which open.   I decided against any terrain features on this map in order to keep it simple. 
I like the simplistic look of this new map.   It is only used for planning, and for illustration on the blog.   Even on the blog it is easy to see where campaign objectives are, and to calculate how many phases you would have to fight to take a major objective.  For example three campaigns to take Munich from Vienna.   It is also useful to see which direction each army can move at the end of the current campaign phase.  For example from Erfurt the winner could move to Magdeburg, Halle or Zwickau.   None of this is obvious from the previous map of Germany.
The white lines show the army borders between north, central and southern Germany.   Next week I will deal with the regional maps.

Campaign Maps – Europe

Posted on August 12th, 2017 under . Posted by

First Map of EuropeIt gets pretty hot in the summer months here in the Valencian province of Spain.   Each year we have a project to keep us occupied during the hottest part of the day.   For many years it was making model building…

Campaign Maps – Europe

Posted on August 12th, 2017 under . Posted by

First Map of EuropeIt gets pretty hot in the summer months here in the Valencian province of Spain.   Each year we have a project to keep us occupied during the hottest part of the day.   For many years it was making model building…