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My huge, hand drawn, game board

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Anonymous

Hey everyone,

For information on my actual game, please refer to my old post, still on the main post listing "need help to fill out epic idea" however that is fairly dated now as I have more or less made all the rules and such. I'll cut to the chase, my board is going to be a map of the world. Because Im only 16 and Im at home etc, I improvised. I collected random cardboard pieces and taped them together. I then used tape and staples to create a grid of "stickiness" that would allow me to place A4 pieces of paper over it to make a map that could be drawn on (I was going to use larger paper but then I would have to cut up smaller ones to fill in gaps etc...) 20 A4 pages were used :P

The board is 4 ft. 8 inches by 2ft.. 8 inches (massive I know) or the size of a medium dinner table. I have successfully drawn all of North and South America on it, and it looks brilliant (I have been a "good" drawer for most of my life) People will say someone 16 hasnt got the capacity to draw a map of this size as well as put a functional historical game behind it but it is being done, believe me :D

I'll continue to post the maps progress here

Cheers,

Tim

Aerjen
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My huge, hand drawn, game board

Well, thumbs up. I'm looking forward to seeing some examples of your work.

Anonymous
My huge, hand drawn, game board

Thanks for your reply :D I forgot to mention I am actually using an atlas as a free-hand guide, im not tracing though, thats impossible anyway.

Once I draw the whole map, I hope to take a digital photo of it and post it here before I colour it :D

Cheers,

Tim

Anonymous
My huge, hand drawn, game board

Sounds awsome.

if possible try to post some pictures.

Anonymous
My huge, hand drawn, game board

That is very cool! I'm impressed... and looking forward to seeing it when you're done!
I did something very similar to this in high school as well! I decided to make a wargame for extra credit (i'm not a keener, i wanted to make the game anyway, but realised i could do it for school! brilliant) Anyway, i took Hex paper from my local game store and taped several pieces together and drew the world on it... it was huge, something like what you've got going there. I was looking for it the other day and couldn't find it :( I don't know what i did with it! Oh well... can't wait to see yours!

Anonymous
My huge, hand drawn, game board

I can't wait to see! Sounds like you have everything ready to go.

Anonymous
My huge, hand drawn, game board

Hey everyone :D

I finished my basic map today. The continents, colouring and small details are in, all that is left is the creation of provinces and sea zones throughout the map.

I put the map on my new angelfire website account but it doesnt seem to be working properly so I cant link it to here... Im not really sure what to do, I'll try to fix the site sometime but for now, if anyone wants to see the map, Id be more than happy to email it :)

Cheers,

Tim

PS. This took me roughly 6 hours to draw, colour and detail, along with a good hour to tape the cardboard together and attach the paper.

Anonymous
My huge, hand drawn, game board

I'd love to see it -

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remove "no" and "spam"..

cheers
andrew

Anonymous
My huge, hand drawn, game board

i'd love to see this behemoth! *grin* you can email me at condredge at yahoo dot com

thanks!

Deviant
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For future reference, a good way to copy something bigger/smaller than the original is to use a grid. Either draw a grid over the original (might not want to try that with your atlas), or put something transparent (tracing paper, plastic transparencies even better) on top. Make the same grid on your paper, only scale it appropriately. If the map is 3 times bigger than the original, the grid squares on the paper should be 3 times bigger. Then copy the grid squares. In this way, your drawing should never become skewed more than one grid square in any direction. It's a little more work, but the results are worth it. I bring this up because so many people seem to be doing historic/modern war games and hand drawing maps.

Anonymous
My huge, hand drawn, game board

Hey Deviant,

I considered using a grid to do my map but I decided not to for 3 main reasons:

1. In a sense it would not be my own freehand work

2. The atlas map I used was on 1 A4 page, my map was made of 20 A4 pages... would have had to blow it quite a bit and would have elimated some of the fine border details

2. It would leave the map covered in a grid which I would have to painstakingly remove because for my game I need to divide my map into sea and lands zones of all shapes and sizes.

However, I have used the grid before... just on more smaller maps (like a map of Britain where I need to be precise)

Cheers,

Tim

Anonymous
My huge, hand drawn, game board

My father-in-law took up painting when he retired and has turned out to be pretty good at it. So, he's been taking painting classes right and left, and one of the things they do is get you to copy other people's paintings in order to learn the craft. I think these are called "studies." One of the major techniques they taught him was to use a grid in order to help clarify where exactly the details go and to help keep them in scale. To make the grid, he lays a series of thin strings across the picture, stretches them tight, and fixes them in place. When he's done, the original is unaltered. He also uses a big magnifying glass in order to see the fine details he wants to bring out in his work. Thus, he suffers no loss of detail when he takes, for example, a 3x5 photograph and paints it onto a much larger canvas.

I mention all this just to emphasize that the grid technique is a legitimate and widely respected one. And it is still your freehand work, though you might have to call it a "study of the world."

Good luck with the map. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

Captain_Sky

Anonymous
My huge, hand drawn, game board

Hey everyone, update here:

I have made my basic page, which right now houses my map (it worked!)
and little snippets of information on what to come. Just a note, the map
that loads with the front page is not my map, its just a nice map I put there to fill out the page and suit my "world conquest" theme. Please click on the link "My Map" In the site column. Thanks!

Site: www.geocities.com/storm_raptor_87

Cheers,

Tim

PS. If it doesnt work, please email me and I will fix the problem.

Anonymous
My huge, hand drawn, game board

The map is looking good, man. It will be nice to see how you implement the lunar aspects to the map.

jwarrend
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I agree, it looks great, and I'm sure it was a fun challenge to make, but...why are you doing it by hand? It would seem like a project of this scope would be easier to make changes to on a computer. And, there's little doubt that you will want to make changes...

Just an observation...

-J

Anonymous
My huge, hand drawn, game board

I considered doing it on the computer but I dont believe I have the proper software to do it with... if you could direct me to some good map making software and the like I believe I could redo the map in a more pure form than it is now, as well as add my lunar "map".

Cheers,

Tim

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