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whitphoto30 May 2018 10:29 a.m. PST

I'm looking for something, preferably free, to help plan out a massive board i need to make for a D-Day scenario we're doing for Bolt Action. We will be running 8 players on an almost 30 foot board. Last year I took pictures of the individual tables and handed then out to the people helping me set up. It helped, but I'd love to have something with measurements to help keep it a little. More precise.

And recommendations?

Stryderg30 May 2018 10:47 a.m. PST

You might try AutoRealm : link

Powerpoint, if you're willing to do the math of converting your 30 ft board into inches and scaling everything to fit on a slide.

Hexographer has a trail version: hexographer.com

Warwick1330 May 2018 5:47 p.m. PST

Try Draftsight. It's free and very powerful.

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2018 7:57 p.m. PST

Why not just go old school and use grid paper?

The amount of effort involved in running CAD when grid paper and pencils are available…

whitphoto30 May 2018 8:21 p.m. PST


Why not just go old school and use grid paper?

The amount of effort involved in running CAD when grid paper and pencils are available…

Well, I want to try something new and I don't need to post for help finding graph paper…


Thanks for the help though.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP31 May 2018 1:56 a.m. PST

You could also use a transparent grid overlay on an existing map.

Dan
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whitphoto31 May 2018 8:55 a.m. PST


You could also use a transparent grid overlay on an existing map.

I hadn't thought of that actually. I will almost certainly use that for some future projects. Unfortunately we're abstracting the map quite a bit in order to have the beach landings and the airborne assault on the same table. It would be perfect for the Carentan scenarios that I have maps for though! I have a laser printer and a scanner so I can pretty much do all of it at home instead of going to Staples 15 times!

Chris Wimbrow31 May 2018 6:46 p.m. PST

Why not just go old school and use grid paper?

Computer aided drafting and image manipulation allow for ease of editing. Save versions often and if something starts going wrong you can go back however many steps you have saved. And using layers like unlimited overlays make for instantaneous erasure and modification. Need a grid? Draw it on a new layer with perfect geometry and turn it on or off as you need. And scaling? Precise and easy.

Sure you have to do some learning with anything new. Could you draw an acceptable map of Normandy on graph paper when you were five years old?

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