Viewer's Choice Celebration MiniCampaign

It has now been over 20 years since I launched "With MacDuff On the Web" and nearly 10 years since I launched my 2 blogs: Gathering of Hosts and Battle game of the Month.

To celebrate the years and the friends and the million hits I've decided to run a 3 game mini-campaign in late October. By popular vot e it will be set in the mid 18th Century.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Atlas of the Atlantica's

Making maps reminds me of making scenery. Once made, I appreciate them  but making them is tedium not fun. Once again I wonder if I'm not all that good at because I don't enjoy it or if I don't like doing them because I'm not all that good? However, the entire island has now been mapped in usable fashion. It is with a touch of chagrin that I note that the older map seems much more attractive to me, and that if I had just looked at it first and plotted the new map on the computer, both halves would have matched. I may redraw them at some future point, but somehow I hate to think of myself as that bored. A little touch up perhaps, on a winter's night.

It is also with chagrin that I see that, while both maps were originally plotted on graph paper using Henry Hyde's Battlegames article as a terraforming guide, I managed, somehow, to remove the grid from the southern half.  This suggests that perhaps I didn't plan to use it for actual campaigns when I drew it some 5 years ago? At any rate, as displayed the maps below are at slightly different scales but at 1:1 the width of the 2 maps is equal where the mountains divide the continent. The original intended scale was 1 grid sq=10 miles but since this gave me a mini-continent twice the size of Madagascar, going unnoticed by history while being fought over by armies of a few thousand men at best, I have shrunk it to 1 grid square = 1 mile giving a total area for the island of something like 7,000 sq miles. That's about 3/4 the size of Sicily. Not the vast spaces I originally envisaged but big enough for my purposes and much more reasonable to be missed from the pages of history and it makes the map more relevent for laying out a wargames table and for campaigning. It also helps explain the coziness of the 2 sides to date, the small numbers of Imperial troops and the upcoming cultural similarities of the various Atlantican tribes.

Working out economics and the like (yawnnnn) has been beyond my enthusiasm levels to date.   As long as there is enough lead & tin for toy soldiers and a few bits of wood and lichen for terrain, what more could an island want?     
Northern Atlantica. The chief native Atlantican power is Kyuquat in the north. Kapelle is technically a satellite of Kyuquat but is largely independent and contains a large percentage of people of mixed race. Oerberg in the south-east was formed during the mid 19thC by immigrants, largely from Oberhilse. 

South Atlantica (Neuland was the old name used by the first Europeans) The chief powers are Faraway and Oberhilse.

Next up some thoughts on the look and shape of upcoming Colonial games.


  1. Hey, Ross! I REALLY like your maps. Great work there.

    Best Regards,


    1. Thanks Stokes, I just wished they both looked like the bottom one, but with a grid.

  2. For someone who doesn't care for map making, you've done a nice job of it, Ross. I hear you on grinding through the less interesting aspects of the hobby and of course it varies according to personal taste. For me it's flocking bases, probably why I seldom bother with it.


    1. I think its the endless repetition of detail that gets me. Like painting lace on a 40 man unit. Luckily for bases, I've settled on a super fast and easy process that I like. So much so that I had trouble giving it up for classic green.

  3. littlejohn over at "Lead Gardens" has some nice comparison photos of 40mm Prince August artillery . . . comparing the 12 lb gun and his new 3 lb gun castings. Worth a look, Ross.

    -- Jeff

  4. Thanks Jeff. I've been over to have a peek. Nice work.

  5. Hi Ross

    Excellent!Patiently waiting to see those X marks, locations of battles soon to be fought.