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Lapland Map - Retreat through the Finnmark - WIP
« on: December 09, 2011, 03:23:16 PM »

It's been a while since getting a map ready and presentable. Nothing much seemed to work with the limited time I've had lately. But finally here is a map that will be ready shortly. It's a co-production with Kapteeni, as befits anything to do with the far north of Scandinavia. He came up with the idea of making a map that would cover the area in the far north through which the German army retreated in the autumn and winter of 1944-45. So far, no winter map is ready but we'll have a summer/autumn map up soon.

And with a very minimal populating with objects, that means the map has to look well landscape wise. It' s all to do with feeling the landscape and hopefully creating an atmospheric map.

Luckily populating the map will be very minimal. Here is a screenshot of the map area. Landscape screenshots available later.

Since there is a large portion of Swedish territory on the map, this might be a good map to use some of those Swedish skins that are otherwise rather ill-placed in other areas of the world. There are any number of possible alternative history scenarios to think up.

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Re: Lapland Map - Retreat through the Finnmark - WIP
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2011, 07:53:32 AM »

Here are a few screenshots. 2 of the summer map, and the others of the autumn map. This is going to be a landscape map, so there will be little in the way of detailed populating of villages.















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Re: Lapland Map - Retreat through the Finnmark - WIP
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2011, 08:28:17 AM »

Arf Arf...  :P :P
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Re: Lapland Map - Retreat through the Finnmark - WIP
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2011, 03:42:11 AM »

...and some winter screenshots. We used modified forest textures to give the forests a fresh snowfall look - the tops of the trees covered with snow while underneath the lower branches are free of snow so that you can see the evergreen pine color underneath ...

The winter map will also feature a little something extra for those who like to do things with convoys. The distances won't be entirely correct, since Allied convoys to the Soviet Union sailed a far more northern route than can be used here, but the map being so large anyway it should work out anyway ... and it won't be just open water for the convoys either ...


















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Re: Lapland Map - Retreat through the Finnmark - WIP
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2011, 04:07:39 AM »

Can't wait to d/load and add to my Agrarcier/Kapteeni collection of favourite maps!!!! 8)
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Re: Lapland Map - Retreat through the Finnmark - WIP
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2011, 04:34:58 AM »

Looks outstanding!  :o
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Re: Lapland Map - Retreat through the Finnmark - WIP
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2011, 05:13:28 AM »

Cool Map, definitely interesting landscape you chose here.
Wish you all the best for your work
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Re: Lapland Map - Retreat through the Finnmark - WIP
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2011, 01:59:58 PM »

Can't wait to d/load and add to my Agrarcier/Kapteeni collection of favourite maps!!!! 8)
There might be some surprises too...
I have only helped Gracier by giving my knoeledge of North.. Agracier has done all the job. This map looks really like Lapland.
Of course Il2 engine has limitations, but the general feeling is awesome.
You will love this map.
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Re: Lapland Map - Retreat through the Finnmark - WIP
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2011, 01:57:59 PM »

Superb, very much looking forward to adding this map to the collection. 8)

Wishing you all the very best, Pete. ;D
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Re: Lapland Map - Retreat through the Finnmark - WIP
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2011, 09:16:02 AM »

Tasty in the extreme, do we get a chance to strafe and bomb Santa's HQ?   :D
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Re: Lapland Map - Retreat through the Finnmark - WIP
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2011, 09:39:06 AM »

Tasty in the extreme, do we get a chance to strafe and bomb Santa's HQ?   :D

Well, if you ask that you are certain not to be on Santa's list ... ha ha

Apparently though, from what kapteeni told me, the German battleship Tirpitz was berthed in the Altafjord, which is on the map. So there is a possibility for a historic mission of sorts. And along with the Tirpitz sortieing setting sail into northern waters, comes the possibility of bombing Allied convoys on the way to the USSR. PQ-17 comes to mind for me, a convoy that sailed in June of 1942 with my father aboard the SS Bellingham as an oiler. That ship was hit on the run in to Archangel by a dud torpedo dropped by a FW-200.
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Re: Lapland Map - Retreat through the Finnmark - WIP
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2011, 11:38:03 AM »

Your father was a very lucky man if he was on the PQ-17 convoy.  Many ships were sunk along with lots of lives, not to mention all that brand new equipment heading for Russia.
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