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Welcome to the AAM Cartography Thread, hopefully this should fill any voids for online/printable maps, and be a future storage for more maps.

Before I start, I want to tell ya'll that with anything (map's and the like) I post, you can PM me and most of the time I can send you a higher quality. The Forum guidelines prevent big files form being posted, so these are smaller than their real versions, but I can always send them via eMail. Secondly, if you see any mistakes please tell me and I'll try to fix them.
Thirdly, if you have any request for maps, please PM me and I'll see what I can do about it, I might even have the time to make a few custom maps. Lastly, if you have some maps of your own you want posted, either reserve a post in this thread for them, or I'll give you my address and you can email them to me to add to the posts. Thanks!

If you're having trouble loading the maps, or have slow internet. Try clicking the "quote" button to the top-right of my posts, then copy the link for the maps you want and paste them one at a time into your browser, or else you can visit the links I provide.

Overview
For those who don't know, the word Cartography comes from French and Latin for "map-writing". Of course, most of these maps were not "written" but made using various image manipulation programs. Custom Cartography refers to the making of a map that is not just the original WotC map.

Types
There are three main types of Custom AAM Cartography:

Photo-Realistic

Custom Terrain

Original Terrain

Photo-Realistc Maps
This type includes maps that are made directly from or drawn from a real map or satellite picture. This type is very hard to make well, as often you are required remove modern structures. Although these maps look really nice and are fun to play on, it is often hard to tell what terrain is, and if the terrain was there at the time of the battle you are recreating.
The most notable maps of this type are Baron's maps.

Custom Terrain Maps
This type uses an image manipulation program to make a map with transformable terrain. By using this, your maps never look copied or alike. You can also use 3D effects to give your maps realistic shadows and shading. To make a map like this you would need a program that can duplicate the visible effect of a mountain or forest. In many ways, these maps are easier to make than the Photo-Realistic Maps, because they can be made with regard to hexes and still look life like. They are harder to create than an Original Terrain map because all your terrain you must get from a source different than the original WotC maps. Notable map makers who use this type of terrain are Carrion and 88. (Although other users have also made maps of this type)

Original Terrain Maps
Making a map of this type is very easy, all that is needed is a clone-stamp/copying tool and the original WotC maps. These maps are nice because almost anyone can make them, and they can be made quickly and easily. The downside to the maps is that they often appear "hex-y", and some times make it easy to tell where they were copied from. This type of cartography also includes maps made of single hexes placed on a blank map in a way that they make a map. An older cartographer may purposely "misplace" some terrain to make the map look less hex-based, but still hold the general shape.
As the name implies, most of these maps are made from the original 2 inch WotC maps released before the V2 minis came. Rarely are they made with the newer 3 inch maps because they are poor quality often. Many cartographers use this technique, including Sindor, Ober, and myself. (You can also make custom terrain out of the Original maps and put them on your maps)

Size
The Official WotC maps have been released in two sizes: 2 inch and 3 inch. The original maps from the Starter are the 2" size, (meaning each hex is 2" from side to side, not corner to corner) making them about 10.5x16 inches total. After the unit size change, WotC started making 3" maps, which are about 15.7x24 inches. Most of the WotC maps and my maps can be printed at full size and be 2", or printed at 150% (obviously) to get 3" hexes. Sadly Photobucket tweaks most of them to make them smaller, so if you want the full-size maps for printing 2" maps, then you will have to PM me your address or look for them here: http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=ah/aam/maps
As for the other maps you might have to tweak 'em a bit to get them right! :D

All the maps in the thread below that are posted by me are available here:
http://s1188.photobucket.com/albums/z41 ... AM%20Maps/

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Official Maps (Pt. 1)

Link: http://s1188.photobucket.com/albums/z41 ... ge%20Maps/

Base Set
Able-1
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Able-2
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Baker-1
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Baker-2
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Charlie-1
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Charlie-2
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Dog-1
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Dog-2
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Bocage
Bocage-1
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Bocage-2
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Bocage-3
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Bocage-4
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Other Maps for Scenarios

Link: http://s1188.photobucket.com/albums/z41 ... io%20Maps/

WXYZ and Riva Bella
WXYZ-1
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WXYZ-2
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Riva Bella-1
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Riva Bella-2
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Best
Best-1
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Best-2
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Best-3
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Best-4
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Omaha
Omaha-1
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Omaha-2
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Omaha-3
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Omaha-4
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Pegasus
Pegasus-1
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Pegasus-2
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Pegasus-3
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Pegasus-4
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Official Maps (Pt. 2)

Link: http://s1188.photobucket.com/albums/z41 ... io%20Maps/

Other Maps for Scenarios

Hell
Hell-1
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Hell-2
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Hell-3
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Hell-4
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Hell-5
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Hell-6
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How
How-1
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How-2
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How-3
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How-4
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How-5
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How-6
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Juno
Juno-1
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Juno-2
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Juno-3
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Juno-4
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Juno-5
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Juno-6
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Other WotC Maps

Link: http://s1188.photobucket.com/albums/z41 ... tC%20Maps/

Easy, River Playtest and George
Easy-1
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Easy-2
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River Playtest-1
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River Playtest-2
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George-1
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George-2
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SandGeorge
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SnowGeorge
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GravelGeorge
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Able/Baker Expanded Maps
Able-3
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Able-4
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Baker-3
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Baker-4
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Combat Zone
Combat Zone-1
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Combat Zone-2
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Combat Zone-3
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Combat Zone-4
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Custom Maps (Pt.1)

Black Knight Maps (Refers to a gaming group previously in charge of HHR and Map Making, headed by Sindor)

Link: http://s1188.photobucket.com/albums/z41 ... ht%20Maps/

Balkan and Jungle
Balkan-1
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Balkan-2
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Apple-1
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Apple-2
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Bravo-1
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Desert
AbleDesert
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BakerDesert
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CharlieDesert
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DogDesert
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City and Rail
City-1
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City-2
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Rail-1
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Rail-2
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Steppe
Summer:
Steppe-1
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Steppe-2
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Steppe-3
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Steppe-4
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Winter:
Steppe-1
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Steppe-2
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Steppe-3
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Steppe-4
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Remade Base Set and Airfield
(Two inch maps made to three inch)
Able-1&2
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Baker-1&2
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Charlie-1&2
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Airfield
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carrion's Maps

Link: http://s1188.photobucket.com/albums/z41 ... ns%20Maps/

Historical Maps
Norway
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Finland
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Monte Cassino
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Caen
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Other Maps
4-Maps:
Summer
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Winter
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Island
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DesertV1
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DesertV2
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Other
Image
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-
Image
-
Image
-
Image
-
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Custom Maps (Pt.2)

Ober's (FieldMarshal)

Link: http://s1188.photobucket.com/albums/z41 ... rs%20Maps/

Pt.1
Beach1
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Beach2
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Desert1
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Desert2
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Stalingrad1
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Stalingrad2
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Island1
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Island2
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Pt.2
Blank
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Hodgwald Gap
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Steppe
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Rail Yard
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Mountain Pass
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French Town
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Bridges
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Rebel's Maps

Link: http://s1188.photobucket.com/albums/z41 ... My%20Maps/

Historical
Dieppe
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Iwo Jima
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Burma Road
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Bastogne
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Nijmegen (pronounced Ny-meg-en)
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Other
Beachhead1
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Beachhead2
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Hedges
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Aqua Maps

Link: http://s1188.photobucket.com/albums/z41 ... ua%20Maps/

Aqua-1
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Aqua-2
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Aqua-3
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Aqua-4
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Aqua-5
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Aqua-6
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Aqua-7
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Aqua-8
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Aqua-9
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Aqua-10
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Aqua-11
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Aqua-12
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Other Maps

Link: http://s1188.photobucket.com/albums/z41 ... er%20Maps/

HBF

Link: http://s1188.photobucket.com/albums/z41 ... BF%20Maps/

Solomon Islands
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Gazala
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French Town
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Stalingrad 1
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Stalingrad 2
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Lock 'n Load

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Map 13
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Map 14
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Map 15
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Map 16
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Map 17
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Map 18
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Map 19
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Map 20
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Map 21
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More to come!

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Hexes

http://s1188.photobucket.com/albums/z41 ... aps/Hexes/

Original Hexes
Page-1
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Homemade



More to be added!
Thanks for reading! Enjoy the maps! :D

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How to make a map

Photoshop

The making of my Bastogne map...

Step 1. Choose an area to make, or if you're just making one for fun then skip to Step 4.
Use Google Earth or a map as a base.


Step 2. Using the George Maps, or other blanks, make the map size. (at this point you might want to add the water to the map for seaside maps, Juno 6 works for this)


Step 3. Past the map or picture over it and adjust the opacity to half. (Use the number keys in photoshop) This allows you to see how the map fits the hexes.


Step 4. Make a template of all the terrain that should be there. This step isn't needed really, but it helps...


Step 5. Start adding terrain from another WotC map. Clone Stamps work, but the Healing Brush and Copy-Paste are used as well. (If you use copy-past, make sure to feather it 5-10 pixels before copying, this helps it blend in to the new document)


Step 6. Add roads and such, use the brush tool, set at Airbrush Soft Round set near 15-20. You can add some styles like Drop Shadow or Gradient Overlay.


Step 7. Add any other terrain you need, the hex sets are useful for this. Special terrain not found on the WotC maps is harder to add. To add snow either use a Paint brush or select a color using Select>Color Range from the menu-bar and fill it with white.


And that's it... quite simple once you get the hang of it. Please try it out and post them if you make any. Hope this make sense and helps![/quote]

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VERY NICE WORK!! THANK YOU!!!


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dano903 wrote:
VERY NICE WORK!! THANK YOU!!!


Indeed!!
This needs to be stickied somewhere...................... as easy access here on the forum ............ maybe Recruit Training & H.Q. ????????????? leave it here on the general forum for awhile --- so everyone sees it ...... as the general forum gets most attention.

NICE WORK - REBEL..... Very nice!!!!

there's a few there I've never seen before - I mean more than a few. But, I didn't see Ober's Stalingrad map?

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