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12 May 2022 4:12 p.m. PST
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Gallocelt12 May 2022 1:33 p.m. PST

I have finished my 17th Century campaign map of the Rheinland. I said I would provide a photo of the finished product. Here it is with some of my War of the Spanish Succession markers. It is a hex map and the hexes are the same size as one would find on an old Avalon Hill board game map.


So for all those TYW campaigners out there, what scale would you like to see on a map that you would use for gaming? Some like each hex to represent about 15 miles. My hexes are about 4 miles for my Rheinland map. Basically one mile is about 4 mm. So what scale do you think would best serve the war game campaigner's needs?



AnselmFranz12 May 2022 11:10 p.m. PST

I think your scale is quite good, this way you simulate even smaller detachments and encampings

Marcus Maximus13 May 2022 2:25 a.m. PST

Beautiful map. Is that the whole map @gallocelt ?

Gallocelt13 May 2022 7:15 a.m. PST

Hello AnselmFranz and Marcus Maximus, thanks for the compliments. It's not the whole map, just a detail. The whole map extends from just north of Cologne or Koln and to the south into Switzerland. The map does not include towns or cities that came into being later than about 1715. If I found a town on an old map but couldn't find it on another from the same period, I didn't include it (many of these towns had populations less than 500.) I tried to use the spellings that were common at the time which might be different from modern spellings. I did not use any border lines (like I did in my Spanish Netherlands map) since in the mid 1600s, borders were quite complicated and changeable (eg. a map of the Lower Palatinate at that time was a real patchwork!) I could use transparent overlays for borders for TYW, War of Devolution, Franco-Dutch War, War of the Reunions, LOA and WSS.

As far as scale, I'm glad we're thinking alike, AnselmFranz. I was just wondering about if for the TYW, it would be best to have a grand map of the whole region or if it would be better to have detailed theatre maps for the areas of Germany that experienced frequent conflicts.



DOUGKL15 May 2022 12:27 p.m. PST

Wonderful work I think the idea of detailed theater maps is the way to go.

Gallocelt16 May 2022 10:41 p.m. PST


I'm thinking a very useful sector map for TYW would be central Germany, Saxony and perhaps some of Bavaria would be necessary for Magdeburg, Breitenfeld, Alte Veste and Lutzen.



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