Places to use for Perspective to get the scale right.

Posted by Mikelatham on 8 June 2017 in English (English)

Are there any places to look at so that I can get a sense of scale for my nation? I'm going to try and make it realistic.

Location: Triforgium, Alentinia

Comment from Ernestpcosby on 8 June 2017 at 20:20

I'd recommend comparing to real cities in OpenStreetMap. OSM uses the same mapping style and mostly the same zooms/scale as OGF, so you can look at real life cities and base the sizes of certain features off of how they are in real life. :)

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Comment from yuriyhlmacof on 8 June 2017 at 22:01

If you are using iD it can be difficult to scale thing correctly, but with some effort it is completly possible, but it probably has to be in a try and error method. If you use JOSM, it tells you the dimensions of what you are drawing and it also has a scale on the corner of the screen to help when you need. I used iD and I'm now using JOSM so I can help you if you need. I can't talk about Potlatch because I never used it.

Whatever the editor you chose there is a scale comparison tool (I think it was Thilo who created it) that is realy useful to directly compare your mapping to a city you know in reality. It was realy interesting to compare Puntick, Yuris with Lisbon, Portugal, where I live. I got realy overwelmed with the dimension of what I'm creating and what I still have to map.

Happy mapping,

  • Yuri Yhlmacof
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Comment from Mikelatham on 8 June 2017 at 22:11

I Use Potlatch 2.

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Comment from Cauldron on 11 June 2017 at 12:20

A really easy thing you can do is to go on google maps and use the scale bar to figure out how big your house/apartment building/etc is by just dragging the map until the scale bar is close enough to the building that you can eyeball it. Then you do the same thing on the map editor, draw a little house next to the scale bar so you can make sure it's the correct size.

I find that once I have a little correctly-scaled house that I can copy and paste, it's way easier for me to understand the scale of the map I'm making. Using google maps on places you've lived/visited is also really good for just understanding the basics of how long a street generally is, how large roundabouts are, the size of public buildings, etc. But really having that one little house you can easily refer to is super useful.

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