screenshot of an interactive map set in the warhammer 40,000 universe that shows a timeline of events during and leading to the horus heresy

The idea

In 2016 I was reading the latest book in the Horus Heresy series, struggling to work out where each group was in the galaxy. From this I had an idea to create a map that would show the passage of time and the movements of these groups.

I envisioned a timeline at the bottom of my computer screen that as you scrolled along it, events popped up with arrows that indicated movement of particular characters or groups across the galaxy to new events. Each planet, character or group was represented by a dot and hovering over these dots would give information on that location or person at that particular moment in time.

Since then the map has evolved and four years later, although it has deviated from my original idea, it is complete.

How it was made

The blog posts below describe the progress of the project.

  • Small Map Update
    I’ve just published a small change to the Warhammer map project. Performance These changes should hopefully improve its performance slightly. […]
  • Warhammer Map Update – Timeline
    I’ve updated my Warhammer 40k map to finally fulfil the purpose I created it for: to display a timeline of […]
  • Small Map Update
    I’ve just published two small changes to my interactive map project. The changes came from an email I received from […]
  • Warhammer 40K Map Update
    A large amount of time has passed since my last update, but I have an update to my interactive Warhammer […]
  • Warhammer 40K Map Progress
    After a long period with little change, over this past week I’ve made much more progress on the design and […]
  • Tiny map update
    It’s been a while since I posted any progress with my interactive map. I’ve been adjusting it every now and […]
  • Warhammer 40,000 Map using Leaflet
    For the past two weeks or so I’ve been working on a new version of my interactive Warhammer 40,000 map. […]
  • Interactive Map Project – A Working Stage 1 Prototype
    Well, I have no idea what I was doing half of the time, but I have a working prototype of […]
  • Interactive Map Project – Planet List
    So, from last week I’ve managed to do naff all coding other than minor tweaks to what I already have. […]
  • Interactive Map Project – Experiments
    So I started Googling for interactive maps and how to code them today. I think within about 4 links I’d […]
  • Interactive Map Project – Idea
    In one of my frequent failing to sleep moments the other night, I revisited an idea I’d had a while […]