This is based on details I picked up during a readthrough of the web novel “Black Iron’s Glory.” It’s a Chinese story published on the web, translated in English.
I made a (quasi-)hex map previously (you can see it here), but changed to a 19th-20th century design. Though it’s a fantasy story, the society is undergoing an industrial revolution, so a more “advanced” time period seemed a better choice.
I ended up scouring a bunch of different maps from the 1800s-1900s for inspiration, but the one I liked most (and tried to copy) is this one: “Russia in Europe in the nineteenth century“
It’s still a bit of a WIP since I can’t figure out how to get mountains to look nice – maps from that time period used these “centipede” mountains (not sure what you actually call them, but that seems to fit) that I haven’t been able to replicate.
Any feedback is appreciated!