I know it is ugly but want to share which way this one is going to go now. All gimicks are gone and I am going to go with the history of the city and its expansion over the last 2 centuries. Found a map that shows the growth for this time period. I have kept the mordern names for the provenances and some have had to be merged, especially with the oldest times as the city was very small and had as many regions as the modern city had.
Will work on getting this up to foundry level now. Expect that over the next couple of days. Anything needing to be added (I know the time line needs to be finished) or textures you want to see, let me know.
Cleaned the image up. Added the photos of the city through time. Finished of the title/bonus legend. Added the neutral starts. Textures. Colours optimized. Impassables done. Names moved. Now with drop shadow instead of glow. Added the cities symbol.
Glad you ditched the Nazis, I really like the idea of using houses instead of trees and I hope to see it in the next update. One thing kind of bothers me and that's the bonus legend. You should put a little paragraph explaining how the legend works and explaining that the city is divided into time periods... a very unique approach to a city map, in my opinion. Also Mordern should be Modern and you should say something like, Hold all of the the Modern/Historical City for +X troops.
Please forget the rest of the image for the moment, I need help with the houses. Any idea on how to draw them freehand (that means no of the shelf images) and make them look like the rest of the map in style. If the houses do not fit, then I can change the style of map easy enough. I have only drawn the first type of house. The large ones are where they need to be and then I shrunk them down. Does the smaller version work, if so then I can use those. I kind of like them as the colours fit the city photos. I can change the colours for the map to fit those quite easy.
First time I see this map. Looks nice koontz ! I like the trees you've chosen, and I like the bonus colours. Your legend is very unique which is usually something I say before I criticize it but I actually like it! Two thumbs up for this map ! If I were to add something constructive it would be that the water needs improvement. Add some waves or different texture to the water, it's a bit too simple and none water looking at the moment. I also think that the borders are a bit too thick.
Thanks gillipig, things are changing a lot for the next version. Got to get the impassables done right or not at all. Can make the territ lines a tad thinner but I sort of like the large chunky look to them.
there will be a lot going on inside the map so lets hope I do not over do it.