Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Scenario Maps - Suggestions Welcome

What are folks looking for in scenario maps? I am at the point of redoing all of the scenario maps in my CSIR supplement to spruce things up. So, given this, i thought I would ask the group their opinion.

Now here is one of my MS Paint attempts that I originally had in the book. It is actually one of the better efforts.

That map has gone to the rubbish heap to be replaced by...

The maps are further described in the text.

"The terrain is dominated by a large hill that covers much of the table. The slope of the hill is gentle enough to be accessible by foot or vehicle without significant movement penalty. The top right corner and bottom left corner are the only lower areas. The road cuts across the table from top right to bottom left. The road has been soaked by recent storms and each unit must make a bog check on moving. Do this by rolling 1d6 for each squad sized force. On a roll of a 6, one of the motorcycles has become bogged. The fields are wheat and sunflower fields with small paths separating the fields. The wheat fields have been harvested while the sunflower fields have not. There are scattered haystacks throughout the wheat fields. These may be driven down by motorcycles but not by trucks. Troops in the fields are treated as harder to spot than those on the road."

The new map breaks up the table into 1' x 1' squares giving a 6' by 4' table.

Is there something that I should add to these? Is there more to the description that someone would need to set this table up? ***Update 7/10/2013 ****

Here is another update following the feedback I have received so far.

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful!! The second map is far more beautiful than the first, from the standpoint of "artistic".
    As the land is divided into squares, perhaps, might be useful with small letters the name of each frame on one side of them to the description of the scenario (es. A1, A2 etc).Could you indicate the muddy roads with different colors, or use a symbol, as well as wetlands.
    I would say that the rest is fine. Great Job!

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    1. I thought about labeling the grid. It did not end up looking very nice. I will look into the different color roads.

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  2. A directional arrow. Which why is North! Just something I like on maps to add that little bit of flavour and set the scene. This may be evident from any background material further included in the supplement, but I personally find it helpful to have some sort of orientation on a map. The second map looks great though.

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    1. Got it. I updated the map to include the arrow.

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  4. Great work in the second image much improved. I always look for a terrain key, and a grid which helps me as a terrain maker, I like the added description you have given as it provides further information and always useful is a north marker.

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    1. The terrain key is next on the to do list.

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  5. Thank you all for the comments. I will work on a map key and put in an indicator for north.

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