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    Question Hexagonal Grid

    Hi guys,

    Been finding the tutorials really helpful, so I hope this will be an easy answer for you guys.

    I am looking at mapping an gladiator style arena, I think I can follow various tutorials enough to get that done, however I then want to overlay a hexagonal grid if possible over it.

    Is there an easy way you are aware of I can do this, or should I just wimp out and do a square grid?

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    I found a photoshop tutorial here

    But what software are you using? If you're using vector software it's a snap. Just draw a hexagon and replicate it.

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    Sorry, am fairly new to all this, missed out out one of the key points!

    I am leaning very heavily on RobA's GIMP tutorial right now, learning the program as I go along, so I am not really familiar with its abilities at the moment.

    I will follow the tutorial and hoepfully I can transfer the knowledge across the programs

    Thanks

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    If you really want a super easy way to lay down a grid and also having a gaming environment to move virtual figures and such you might check out one of the Virtual Gaming Tables. MapTool is the one I use predominately, the link is in my sig, but I can wholeheartedly recommend Battlegrounds as well. In either one you can drop your map in, turn on a grid to overlay it and then drop in tokens to move around. They include fog of war features and vision as well as a whole lot more.

    EDIT: In fact here is a sample map down in MapTool that we are using in our current game. It is super simplistic, but this was banged out in about 5 minutes or so.

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    If you can import Photoshop or Photopaint files I can upload an overlay at the apprentice website for you to drop on top of your map. It's scaled to fit a 4800 x 6000 pixel map, with a scale of 200 = 5 feet.

    I also have it resampled and scaled to support a hex that equals 3 feet.

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    Here's another method:
    If you go here: http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/ you can set up your own size hex grid and save it as a PDF. Much to my delight if you open the PDF in PhotoShop you'll discover that it has a transparent background!
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    Info GIMP Has Hexes Built In

    I think this is a lesser known filter in Gimp, but it's one of the defaults, and it allows you to build perfect hexes for overlaying on your maps:

    Filters -> Distorts -> Mosaic

    Then use these settings (Tile Size is the size of the hexes, and Tile Spacing adjusts the width of the lines):

    Hexagonal Grid-gimp-filters-distorts-mosaic.png

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