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AndrewGPaul
14-03-2014, 17:50
Yes, there's maps of the 40k galaxy in the rulebooks and various Codexes. However, I've gone one stage further and overlayed some of the 40k "points of interest" onto a real map of the Milky Way, as provided by NASA (http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/display.cfm?IM_ID=8083).

It includes the segmentum boundaries, Earth, the seven surviving homeworlds of the loyal First Founding chapters (and The Rock) and the Eye of Terror and the Maelstrom.
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librerian_samae
14-03-2014, 18:29
Thank you I have been looking for something like this for ages :D

Lothlanathorian
14-03-2014, 19:13
Pretty awesome stuff. Only critique thus far: Isn't the EoT in the "Galactic North"? Or is this orientation more common these days? (EDIT for clarity: I'm not suggesting it is placed in the wrong place here, I'm saying the map needs a 90* reorient to the right from what I'm used to seeing)

AndrewGPaul
14-03-2014, 19:51
IIRC, galactic "north" is the line from the Earth through the centre of the Galaxy, making Earth due south by definition. Rick Priestley and Bryan Ansell got it wrong in 1988.

Lothlanathorian
14-03-2014, 20:40
Just checking. It's been since...3rd Edition, I think, since I've looked at a galaxy map for 40K. Maybe 4th. The book is sitting right across from me. I just remember them being oriented differently and looking at your (excellent) map gave my brain nerd vertigo, or, nerdigo.

Harwammer
14-03-2014, 23:28
So how long does it take for the galaxy to do an entire rotation? I assume this picture is of now, I also assume it takes a huge amount of time for the galaxy to rotate so the picture in 38k years will be largely the same?

edit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galactic_year

totgeboren
15-03-2014, 22:10
Yeah it would need to be rotated 90 degrees to the right to match the maps in GW publications. "The Eastern Fringe" and Macragge and the Tau all being far out east makes little sense using the 'correct' rotation of the map (since it would then be the Northern Fringe).

Hendarion
16-03-2014, 09:49
By the way: http://unequivocalhorizon.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/liberastartesstarmapver2.png
The maps aren't consistent by the way. For example if you compare it to this one: http://img.4plebs.org/boards/tg/image/1368/90/1368906467816.jpg

AndrewGPaul
16-03-2014, 11:26
Sorry, what's inconsistent? I know some locations have moved over the editions (notably Caliban is out past the Eye in the 2nd ed maps while the Rock is in Ultimate Segmentum in the 6th edition Codex: Space Marines map), but the current Marines and Knights maps match up.

Lothlanathorian
16-03-2014, 23:40
Well, The Rock is also mobile, so, it can be in different places on different maps.

AndrewGPaul
17-03-2014, 00:40
Is it warp capable? because it's moved sixty thousand light years between editions. :)

librerian_samae
17-03-2014, 17:39
yes it is, the dark angels have recruitment grounds all over imperial space ever since 'the plains world' incident when they nearly lost their recruitment world to a genestealer cult and declared never again would they metaphorically put all their eggs in one basket as it were

Haskear
24-03-2014, 19:14
I really like the OPs map, lots of non imperial space to the north and east. Lots of potential for lost races even empires, Not just the lost areas within imperial space. Perhaps somewhere the interex might be or even the Rashan.

Poseidal
26-03-2014, 12:21
Would the Eye of Terror be visible at a night's sky on Terra?

MajorWesJanson
26-03-2014, 12:27
The Rock is warp capable.

What is interesting is how Mu'Gath Bay has managed to move between the Tau Codex and Damocles.

Crazy Ivan
26-03-2014, 12:48
Would the Eye of Terror be visible at a night's sky on Terra?
Not yet, probably - IIRC the Eye of Terror appeared slightly more than 10,000 years ago, and on the map it appears to be about 14,000 to 15,000 light years away from Terra. So they shouldn't be able to see it yet. Now that will be a sight to see (http://www.incunabulum.co.uk/Just%20Don%27t%20Look.htm)(though probably, preferably not).

AndrewGPaul
27-03-2014, 13:08
I know some locations have moved over the editions (notably Caliban is out past the Eye in the 2nd ed maps while the Rock is in Ultimate Segmentum in the 6th edition Codex: Space Marines map


Well, The Rock is also mobile, so, it can be in different places on different maps.


Is it warp capable? because it's moved sixty thousand light years between editions. :)


The Rock is warp capable.

Indeed; the maps in Forge World's Horus Heresy books put Caliban right were the 2nd edition maps had it.

Khorneguy
05-04-2014, 14:04
Caliban and the Rock are different things. Yes The Rock was once part of Caliban, but the Rock didn't stay in the Caliban system after the Fall. The Rock these days is pretty much the same as the Phalanx - a massive space-bourne fortress moving around the galaxy. Its location on this map is presumably based off its last cited location

AndrewGPaul
05-04-2014, 19:56
Indeed, but if The Rock wasn't warp-capable, then its position as noted in the most recent maps would contradict the position of Caliban on the older maps. Eyeballing it, the distance from the far side of the Eye of Terror (where Caliban was) to the current position of The Rock is 45,000 lightyears - which means that The Rock has travelled at an average speed of over four times the speed of light. Of course, I'm informed that it is warp capable, which resolves the issue.

Azazyll
06-04-2014, 17:28
Not yet, probably - IIRC the Eye of Terror appeared slightly more than 10,000 years ago, and on the map it appears to be about 14,000 to 15,000 light years away from Terra. So they shouldn't be able to see it yet. Now that will be a sight to see (http://www.incunabulum.co.uk/Just%20Don%27t%20Look.htm)(though probably, preferably not).

Yes, but the Eye of Terror isn't confined by physics. Index Chaotica explicitly notes it is visible from Terra, or rather from Sol, since Terra is too polluted to see the night sky.

The Warmaster
12-04-2014, 10:45
Very nice start - I love seeing realistic 40K maps. Even in 2014, GW don't seem to realise that the two-armed, non-barred spiral galaxy model that they use (as recently as the Imperial Knights Codex, anyway) has been discounted (http://www.sci-news.com/astronomy/science-milky-way-galaxy-four-spiral-arms-01649.html). While they don't seem to care much about scientific accuracy (see: Chinchare being in a figure-of-eight orbit and somehow managing to not be ejected from its system), it can easily nag at people with even a lay knowledge of astronomy/astrophysics.