|All railroads lead to Nashville... A small snippet of the map wot I drew|
One of the big projects that myself, Ed and his brother Ollie have done recently is a 2mm ACW campaign across Middle and parts of Western Tennessee, with Chattanooga as the campaign objective. For more information, Ed has written an incredible post with a great overview of the campaign.
|See, there's a book|
My first task though was to create a campaign map for the campaign to be played across. As I wanted it to be hi-res to potentially print at A1 or A0, no digital copies of real maps would do the trick. So I turned to my trusty digital art packages to start redrawing the damn thing by hand, using the 1862 Johnson and Ward map of Kentucky and Tennessee as a guide.
|My hand-drawn (with mouse assistance) map of middle Tennessee, I know the damn place far too well now|
There are possibly a couple of errors in town names (or missing ones) and whatnot, but otherwise this is all largely to scale. In the interest of time I didn't get round to fully making it look like a period style map, but it did the job.
This was also the basis of my digital umpire's map which tracked the movements of each division/brigade, their reconnaissance range, their supply lines, weather, and local support or hostility to each cause amongst other things.
Overall it was a great experience and hopefully the next map campaign that we run (probably 19th century but not ACW) shall be fully documented on our respective blogs.
I shall be back soon, there's already a couple of posts already lined up, and there's a few nice new projects on the horizon.