On the first post of this thread, I have uploaded what probably will be the final map design.
It is full size/resolution (click it to see real size). It is 30 x 20 hexes. It has 7 major towns which are victory objectives.
Many things to try and balance with the map design.
It has to be strategically viable and fairly balanced.
It has to look fairly natural (a very limited palette too, I might add).
This version has more open and less woods, for two reasons. The terrain in the area has more open...and we have many more open maps to use in CMRT than woods.
Chudek Minor Towns:
Witorzenc Small Towns:
After due consideration, I have decided how the initial set up for the game will be.
Because the moves are an 'I go, you go' situation, I needed to consider how to make it fair for both sides.
I think the best way to handle it is to have the units move onto the map (rather than set up on the map).
Since historically the Russians had the initiative, they will move first.
Using the road MP, the Russian armour will be able to reach the half-way point of the map on turn 2, while their infantry can make it by turn 3.
The Russians will need to be cautious about over-extending themselves, so that should be a self limiting factor.
Once the CO's give me their first turn movement orders, I will place all counters on the map, and both sides will be able to view the situation at the end of turn 1.
I have made a Photoshop file (.psd) that includes the map and all the counters.
Each counter is on a (labelled) layer of its own.
This will allow the players and CO's to create their own visuals if needed.
It could be used to illustrate orders or move proposals or questions.
I will be tracking the position of all the counters on the map each turn using this method.
Although I will be posting a jpg visual each turn for everyone to see, I can also make the updated Photoshop file available too.
If you don't have Photoshop, it could probably be opened in any graphics program.
There is also a free open-source program called Gimp that is like Photoshop.