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thistlebarrow212 Aug 2017 3:11 a.m. PST

My summer project is to make new maps for my 1813 Napoleonic campaign. At present I use homemade maps of Germany and Spain. I use an AA Road Atlas as the template for the maps, but have found that the information shown is too modern and does not have sufficient terrain information.

My plan is to create a new set of maps, again using the Road Atlas as my main reference. But this time I will start with a map of Europe. Then one of Germany, France, Spain and Italy. Finally I will make new maps for each of the five campaign areas, three in Germany and two in Spain.

All of the maps will interface, though they will be in different scales. I will not make the mistake of trying to use actual terrain and road systems. The towns and cities will be more or less correct. The borders will be approximate. The major road system will be between capital cities, with a secondary system between them and main cities and towns. Major rivers will be approximate, but all other terrain fictional.

This week's entry on my Napoleonic Wargaming blog explains the background to the project and in particular the map of Europe. It also includes the completed map.

You can find the blog here


KPinder12 Aug 2017 5:28 a.m. PST

I was flirting with a Napoleonic Spanish campaign at one point and had given some thought on how to handle the maps. My intention was to assemble period maps from sources like the Omans series. I have since learned that there is an atlas specifically devoted to the Napoleonic War in Spain.

I'd make a master map with cities and rivers on it, but no other features. Not even roads. This would be the start map. Then I was going to research the road net, and add the roads to what would be an Uber master map. In order to keep a fog on the geography, I would then dice the difficulty of each and every road, marking it on the UM map by a number of dots along the road. The more dots the worse the road. I remember reading the French had some decent maps, but the maps were useless re how bad one road was vs another. They'd start up what looked like a short road, only to find it degenerated to a goat track with dozens of switchbacks. What should have taken hours took a week.

Each side would get modified maps. Some roads would be accurately marked. Some,…not so much. Some, not at all. Obviously the Spanish maps would be better than those the French had.

Players would be free to "update" their maps as they traversed roads and got actual experience what they were like.

When it came to actual fights, the specific terrain items would be laid out by the GM. Roads, villages, rivers, etc. Players would dice against one another for the placement of local features. Vineyards, walls, washes, etc. High die places a feature. When the dice rolls tie twice in a row, the terrain is finished.

That sort of thing.

Major Mike12 Aug 2017 6:03 a.m. PST

These are an extensive set I am told that was created to support a campaign. Not 100% accurate but I think they are a great resource

Prince of Essling Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2017 6:42 a.m. PST

If you want to go down a more historic route – see Germany circa 1821 link

thistlebarrow212 Aug 2017 7:09 a.m. PST

Major Mike

I took part in a couple of campaigns using the murat maps, and they were excellent. I know that some complained about how accurate they were, but having attempted something similar I know how difficult it can be to get any map 100% correct.

The murat maps were available when I made my own maps, and I tried to convert them for my camapign. But I wanted to be able to show the exact table features on the campaign map, and found it difficult to impose such detail on the murat maps.

That is the only reason I did not use murat maps.

thistlebarrow212 Aug 2017 7:09 a.m. PST

Prince of Essling

Excellent maps, I have not seen them before.

thistlebarrow212 Aug 2017 7:11 a.m. PST


That is the advantage of making your own maps, you can tailor them to provide exactly what you want.

It sounds like you did not complete the maps and run the campaign? But the planning and preparation is more than half the fun

Prince of Essling Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2017 2:43 a.m. PST

Also Italy 1800s
France to Austria (1800s) link
Austrian Empire 1760s to 1780s link

dvdstr13 Aug 2017 12:04 p.m. PST

Take a look at the following


These are 1902 maps of France and you can zoom right into every region of France. Great for all campaigns in France. We did an 1814 campaign – great resource.

forwardmarchstudios Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2017 12:28 p.m. PST

Mapire. It's so disappointing that they dropped the Google Earth functionality. It would bend the maps over the top information so that you could see the elevations that underlay the map annotations. It was pretty incredible. Now, not so much, but still an impressive tool

EDIT: Whoa, they brought it back!!!!


thistlebarrow214 Aug 2017 1:23 a.m. PST

Thanks for the Cassini maps, I had not seen that one before either.

thistlebarrow214 Aug 2017 1:24 a.m. PST

How do you use Google Earth with Mapire?

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