Setting up a table for Chain of Command

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Ivan Zaitzev
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Re: Setting up a table for Chain of Command

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I'm new to the game too, here is the last map I played, and second map I designed. My opponent liked it. He was on the fence with the game but after this encounter he decided to continue playing so I'm a bit proud of it.
I think that most of what Munin and siggian suggested is applied in this map, notice the obscured entry points so a deploying tank or anti-tank gun won't block the road for the other player. The map can be improved but I this was the best I could do with all the terrain I had at the moment.

Never mind the color dots, that's where deployment points ended.
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Re: Setting up a table for Chain of Command

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WillBailie wrote:
Tue Mar 03, 2020 1:57 am
Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. I've got my first 'proper' game coming up on Sunday, hosted by my friend (it will be a Blitzkrieg 1940 scenario using his French and Germans). Hopefully it will get me some good ideas for when I get a chance next month to set up a game with my own toys. In the meantime, I've been studying Farley Mowat's 'The Regiment' & 'And No Birds Sang', plus Dancock's 'The D-Day Dodgers", Zuelke's 'Operation Husky' and any other histories I can get my hands on. Plus studying GoogleStreetview all across central Sicily!

The PSC scenarios look to be good examples of how to take the campaign histories and build them into game scenarios.

I'm getting very excited!
The PSCs are great, and one thing to remember is that CoC tables are small, smaller in scale that most tables people usually play, even at 28mm. 6'x4' gets you approximately 240 meters by 140 meters. Fields are bigger than you'd see in most skirmish games, and terrain in general should be less compressed. You won't have a river and a series of hills and two full villages in the table, for instance.

What I've done is find 1:25000 scale maps from the period. Almost the full Normandy campaign is mapped out at this level. I've had much less luck with Italy but there are a decent number of Sicily maps at 1:25000 and 1:50000 scales. At these scales you can see the individual buildings, fences, hedges, etc as they were marked back then. Especially with Normandy, you can then go to Google Maps and check current aerial and street view images and get a pretty good feel for the terrain.

Here is one map that I've used extensively to create scenarios from. It covers the US 4th Infantry Division sector for the first couple weeks of the Normandy campaign.

http://cdm16630.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ ... id/3/rec/1

I was, after a good bit of messing around, able to download a high resolution image of it from that site.

The University of Texas library has digitized quite a few of Italy/Sicily.
http://legacy.lib.utexas.edu/maps/ams/italy_25k/

Hope this helps some!

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Re: Setting up a table for Chain of Command

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Thanks, Swammyjoe, that's a fantastic resource!

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I am still waiting for someone to make a CoC map making powerpoint for luddites/ idiots - like me :lol:

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Re: Setting up a table for Chain of Command

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Thank you, Swammyjoe! !!
We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

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I'm seconding TT. I wish I could easily prepare maps to this standard. Nice job.
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Re: Setting up a table for Chain of Command

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swammeyjoe wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:17 pm
Here is one map that I've used extensively to create scenarios from. It covers the US 4th Infantry Division sector for the first couple weeks of the Normandy campaign.

http://cdm16630.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ ... id/3/rec/1

I was, after a good bit of messing around, able to download a high resolution image of it from that site.

The University of Texas library has digitized quite a few of Italy/Sicily.
http://legacy.lib.utexas.edu/maps/ams/italy_25k/

Hope this helps some!
OK, I give in, how did you d/l a high res version? every time I try it, I just get a segment of the map.
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Re: Setting up a table for Chain of Command

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You can use this link to get the full map (16308x12920, ~25MB):
http://cdm16630.contentdm.oclc.org/util ... DMROTATE=0

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Re: Setting up a table for Chain of Command

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Ta!
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