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August 10, 1861 - 8/11/2010 1:44:30 AM   
Gil R.

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Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Wilson's Creek. So, since I recently finished all of my map research, I figured it would be appropriate to release the hand-drawn (in Photoshop) map that Pixelpusher will use as his guideline for making the actual map. (IMPORTANT: This is NOT what the maps will look like!)

Our system is that I sketch everything, using a color-coding system to distinguish different terrain and human features. The different shades of green, of course, show vegetation (dark green is woods, pastel green is light woods, pea green is a mixture of high grass and scattered trees, dark pea green is thickets and the like, light pea green is high grass, etc.). Purple shows buildings or CSA encampments. Yellow is fences and other enclosures. Brown is for roads, with light brown for farm roads and paths. Blue is for water, with darker meaning wider. Contour lines are gray or black, with darker meaning lower (there are four heights levels overall, each representing another 50 feet of elevation). Bright red lines indicate ravines (which let units move without being in line-of-sight, unless enemy units are adjacent to the ravine).

Overall, southwestern Missouri was sparsely populated, so this map has fewer signs of civilization than most -- just a few scattered farms and houses.

Hexes are 75 yards. In this case, I cropped the edges so I could upload it, so the actual map will be bigger. So, this gives you an idea of the maps we'll be featuring. We hope to be able to show you the real thing before too long, but I doubt it will be this month -- good graphics take time!

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RE: August 10, 1861 - 8/13/2010 12:57:30 PM   


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Are those contour lines I see? That was my only real gripe with FOF's map editor - that America is apparently full of hill formed like a volcanic range.

Is it bad that I'm already looking for defensive postions on that?

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RE: August 10, 1861 - 8/13/2010 4:51:15 PM   
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FOF's relatively simple hills are comparable to certain boardgames and therefore not unprecedented.

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RE: August 10, 1861 - 8/13/2010 5:25:41 PM   
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By the way, that response was posted from a hotel room just outside Springfield, Mo., about 15 min. from the battlefield. I'm about to visit it before continuing a cross-country drive. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the place again, now that I've spent dozens of hours mapping it.

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