View Full Version : Warhammer Empire Map WIP

06-06-2012, 12:51 PM
Hi all,

Long time lurker, but this is the first post I've made and it's to debut the WIP of my Warhammer Empire map. There are many out there of varying levels of detail and no two are exactly the same. We roleplay a lot in the Warhammer Universe, specifically in the Empire. I love all the maps out there , but having the source material all over the place was difficult as well as the scale of the maps made weren't quite what I wanted. When we roleplay, we usually have a digital version of the map on my 46" TV that we can reference. So, this map specifically is built in Layers that you can turn off and on so that as a GM I can filter only things I want my players to see.

It's s WIP still, but as it stands I did my best to compile the map from many sources, including Gitzman's map (check out gitzman's gallery website for his compilation of WH maps), Andy Law's maps (which are FANTASTIC) as well as the second edition Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay book, Sigmar's Heirs. Lastly, there is also a fair amount of guesswork and preference involved. It's vectored as well so the zoom level of the PDF is amazing and can go really close (up to 6400%). The map itself is 48x48".

Lastly, the Legend is partially incorrect as I made it early on with the idea of what I wanted on the map. To reitterate, you need to be able to view a PDF and know how to navigate layers to get the most out of the map.

I've still got plenty of work to do, but check it out.

06-06-2012, 05:27 PM
Excellent work! I love it!

06-06-2012, 06:06 PM
It is a great map and will be very useful to GMs I imagine. I have already pointed a few people I know who play the RPG towards this and I'm sure they will be very thankful for all your work!

06-06-2012, 07:10 PM
I like this map, in special the colours and the font you have chosen, I think is Caslon Antique.

06-06-2012, 08:09 PM
Welcome to the Guild Krushnieva, and nice job on your map so far!


06-07-2012, 07:00 AM
@Megahercio - it is indeed Caslon Antique. It's the defacto 'warhammer' font used by many, if not most, of their products.

The next steps are to clean up the outside areas, update the legend, add a few more items to either the Kislev side, or add in the Wasteland area (for those who don't know, the area around the sea of claws to the west of the Empire). In addition, I'm going to make a 'nobility' layer that will slightly fade out the rest of the background and have the names of the local nobles scrolled over their area. Should have a nice idea of who owns what.

Also, since I have the editable version, when we play and my group rummages around in the world, I can add, change, or delete things on the map to reflect their changes. They should find it fun to visually have a lasting effect on the world. In fact, two small areas I've put on the map are my creations entirely to the world that I made for a very large campaign we did a few years back.

06-07-2012, 03:49 PM
I've uploaded a new version that adds the Wasteland area as well as touches up the legend a bit. Also added a "bad guy" layer that shows monster lairs and greenskin tribes. Many thanks goes out to Gitzman, as his super huge map helped with the tribes and baddies!

06-07-2012, 05:18 PM
Very impressive, the fact that it's so detailed makes it very much alive and "realistic". Great work :)

06-07-2012, 08:36 PM
Very nice map. Repped !

06-08-2012, 02:04 AM
I've always loved the shape of the warhammer map, the empire in particular - i like the work on this one, with the key especially

06-08-2012, 10:47 AM
Finished the "Political Lands" layer that adds the names of the nobles to where they rule. This services to help me as the GM and the players as well to know who they're dealing with in the area. The layer is defaulted to "off" but you can turn it on or off as necessary as with the rest of the layers.

06-08-2012, 01:06 PM
A few comments from viewers mentioned the political lands layer faded the map a bit TOO much. So I pulled up the transparency a bit so you could still see behind it a bit.

06-14-2012, 10:57 AM
Some more updates to this map. I've decided to go ahead and add the peripheral entities such as the Wasteland, Bretonnia, and Kislev (at least put in what I had room for.)

In addition, cleaned up the organization of the nobles by color now, so you can tell easily a Graf from a Baron, etc.

One further reminder as I've been getting a lot of questions on it. To really benefit from viewing this map, you have to use the layers feature in Acrobat (reader or professional itself). IT is notoriously cluttered otherwise. It gives each viewer the control of what they do and do not want to see on their map. The "Political Lands" layer especially. I have it turned off by default, but you can turn it on.

Last on the list is figuring out how to do resources and trade networks. It has me stumped at the moment and any suggestions would be helpful.

90% done!

09-26-2013, 11:50 AM

It's been quite some time since I revisited this layered map of the Empire. A lot of work has gone into updating it. Some updates include a trade layer showing the trade zones and town wealth as well as some revisions based on WFRP 1st edition Enemy Within Maps I dug up.

I still have no completed the Legend....so disregard that.57964

- Max -
09-26-2013, 12:13 PM
Pretty well done map. Though you have a lot of overlapping labels, which is disturbing and make them unlegible.

09-26-2013, 12:26 PM
Pretty well done map. Though you have a lot of overlapping labels, which is disturbing and make them unlegible.

It is unintended to be looked at with all the layers on at once. That is why I used PDF layers. Each viewer has the ability to toggle them on and off as they see fit.

- Max -
09-26-2013, 01:05 PM
To be honest that doesn't make that much sense for me since you have enough room on the map to adjust all the labels and make the m legible without overlap.

09-26-2013, 01:12 PM
Some of it, I would agree, but there is a LOT of information to take in if all the layers were on. some places, it would be near impossible to not have overlap. If you had, in one area, the trade zone, the noble house, the town, town name, and town wealth all on at once, it'd be tough to read no matter how you put it.

In addition, the intent of the map is also why it's in layers. It's for running a roleplaying game, so this is my GM map that I can toggle on/off what I think the players need to see at any given time.

I'm sure there are some areas where it would be possible to do some shifting however.

11-01-2013, 03:01 PM
I like all the Warhammer Stuff.

11-01-2013, 03:02 PM
Currently trying to setup a Warhammer 40K rollplay game on Roll20. Trying to find source material.

11-01-2013, 03:03 PM
Maps would be a start. I could improvise with the character models.