Russian maps and drawing program

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Russian maps and drawing program

Post by jaakvik » Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:46 pm

Hello fellow gamers

I am thinking of putting together a campaign from Russia in 1941, focusing on the Russian counterattack around Smolensk in July and August. Does anyone have any suggestions to where I can find relevant maps. I have tried Google maps, but those have to weakness´; they are not historical and some areas between Smolensk and Yelnya have low resolution.

And, also another question regarding campaign design - does anyone have a suggestion to a good app/program for designing maps on the computer. I have looked at some of the maps that come with the campaigns in the specials, and they look really good. Does anyone know what program they are designed with?

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Re: Russian maps and drawing program

Post by rim66 » Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:23 pm

I can't help much I am afraid, other than to say Rich uses Powerpoint for his maps.

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Re: Russian maps and drawing program

Post by jaakvik » Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:55 pm

Wow - powerpoint. Hmmm...I did not think of that. Keep it simple 😀

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Re: Russian maps and drawing program

Post by sackatatties » Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:01 pm

I use Fractal Mapper 8 and the Vintyri mods as my mapmaker. The vintyri graphics are available for GIMP as well. They're intended for fantasy but they work just as well for WW2. It will take quite some time and practice to get right if you decide to use them though, so be warned! Once you have a set of graphics (a standard map) you can work with it becomes relatively quick.

There also used to be a PowerPoint mapping tutorial on this forum somewhere but I think it was mugged by the photo bucket cash grab.

you can find both bits here:
http://www.nbos.com/products/fractal-mapper
http://www.vintyri.org/vintyri/vccindex.htm

You can see some of my maps here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xvczhj2g8sa9m ... 1.pdf?dl=0
All the scenaro maps were done using FM8, Vintyri, and GIMP.

I've been running a 1942 eastern front campaign and finding mas for it has been a challenge. I did get a pile of German 1943 maps for the Voronezh/Don area but the resolution is too low for setting up scenarios. It does show the strategic area though. You can get those from: https://mapstor.com/ They're not free but not far off it.

For scenario maps Google Earth is you best friend. Maps of Russia are hard to come by but it hasn't changed a great deal since WW2. The main problem I had was that some of the villages had duplicate names and some that had significant action near them had disappeared altogether.

I'm interested in seeing what you come up with for Smolensk. I have a 1942 campaign I'll be posting here soon and as we've finished that I need something to occupy my new T26s, BTs and T28s.

Feel free to give me a shout if you need aught.

Steve

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Re: Russian maps and drawing program

Post by Emilio » Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:24 pm

Thanks for these links. Looks very intesting!

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Re: Russian maps and drawing program

Post by Capt Fortier » Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:50 am

The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas has some higher level maps from the US Army Topographic Map service from the 1940s and 1950s. For Smolensk see:
http://legacy.lib.utexas.edu/maps/ams/e ... -54-30.jpg (1:500,000)
http://legacy.lib.utexas.edu/maps/ams/e ... nn36-5.jpg (1:250,000)
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Re: Russian maps and drawing program

Post by Derek H » Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:19 pm

There's stuff about maps and Powerpoint at viewtopic.php?f=35&t=2032
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Re: Russian maps and drawing program

Post by jaakvik » Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:42 pm

Thanks guys

I have started to work on Power Point, and it works pretty well. And I have just scrolled through the link you sent Derek H, and it looks very interesting.

Capt. Fortier - thanks for these links, the 250.000 one, was just what I was looking for.

And Sackatatties, what you are doing looks great. I will keep you posted on my project. Thanks.

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Re: Russian maps and drawing program

Post by 7dot62mm » Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:59 am

The Pint-Sized maps are indeed done using PowerPoint. A detailed description of how they do it is available in the 2014 Christmas Special.

Another program you could use is Campaign Cartographer which is expensive but supposedly easy to use:
https://secure.profantasy.com/default.asp

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Re: Russian maps and drawing program

Post by Kevin » Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:59 pm

Have you looked at the old Panzer Group Guderian, originally published in Strategy and tactics magazine, the map from that covered the Smolensk campaign. Check out https://boardgamegeek.com/image/2657576 ... e-guderian

If it is helpful you can find a pdf of this map on the internet, or PM me.

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