For the next project, I would like to prepare the :Battle of Actium.Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt and Marcus Antonius (and generals/admirals) against Gaius Octavius and Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa (and generals/admirals).Current Version V26 Large
31 BC. An epic sea battle fought at Actium in Greece, where after some initial fighting, Cleopatra fled the scene and Marc Anthony thinking all was lost followed her to leave his legions to the mercy of Octavius, who eventually become the first Emporer Augustus of Imperial Rome.
The original map & preparation poll is at the bottom of this post.The Map - Battle of ActiumMassive 96 territories
* 11 regions consisting of:
M. Antonius Camp 3
G. Octavian Camp 3
Taurus 9The Hexes
The results of the preparation poll which indicated that map be done in hexagons, I used hexagons for the background sea, and joined two hexagons together to form smaller vessels. This was quite good actually as it enabled me to used the rear of the joined hex for the armies and the names go up front. Large vessels, named after those of the Commanders/Admirals/Preafecti of the fleets (after some experimentation) were given larger joined hexes on which to place artwork of quinqueremes and triremes used in this battle.Original Busts
Treatment was given to the orginal busts, placed on oval backgrounds similar to a brooch to identify who were the main players in this battle.The Border
One of the ideas for this design was that it could contain some mozaic tile-like design, thus the border became this weave of a typical roman era mozaic border.Game concept
This map I think will appeal to many, as it reverts to the basic RISK type map, with basic conquer tactics. The only different aspect will be the bombardments allowed from the larger ships to their neighbouring large ships which is similar to the use of ballistas typical of roman army tactics.Colours
The colours used have been chosen from the list appropriate for the colour-blind.
Octavian's groups have been allocated reds and browns, in conjunction with the fact that main colour used for the Roman Arny was the Regal Red, usually bordered by Gold.
M. Antoinus' groups have been allocated blue, while Cleopatra was allocated Royal Purple as this was here favourite colour.
The colours are strong, but not blinding or glaring, and should certainly not "hurt" anyone's eyes!Fonts Used
Two fonts used are:
Title and Bonuses - AntiquaSSK
All others - Arial Greek (for clarity)Names
Apart from the clearly defined large ship names for their commanders, two or three options were tossed about to name small vessels and armies.
Oriiginally i wanted to go with using Oiii as in latin numbering, but decided not to go there as it would not appear in the XML in orer. Arabic numbers were considered but I thought that would have been ordinary. Finally i decided upon using Oa...Om as this would clearly define whose command ships were under, as well as providing a listing in the xml based on the alpha characters.
This fits in very well within the bounds of the space restrictions, thus alos allowing a massive number of terts to be incorporated into the same size small map i use of about 600px wide by 500px high.
For voting, a reference map is below for guidance.
There are four considerations I would like the Forum to give guidance on.
1. At which stage of battle should this map be done:
A. pre-battle scene setup
B. after fighting has commenced and as Cleopatra is fleeing
C. Other - please state
2. The style of map -
A. should it be a use of hexagons across the board/map
B. A flat map in the style of world 2.1
C. A 3D style map with raised figurines
3. The use of artwork, would you prefer -
A. Original busts and historical paintings
B. Movie style scene such as from Liz Taylor's epic but treated with filters and textures
4. The use of fonts and colours -
A. Leave up to the cartographer
B. Historical Roman lettering and spelling with historical colours
With regard you answers, please leave something below in the form of:
Results will be compiled in a spreadhseet and posted in this thread.
Thanks heaps everyone (in advance)!