1. We have added the ability to collapse/expand forum categories and widgets on forum home.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Photobucket has changed its policy concerning hotlinking images and now requires an account with a $399.00 annual fee to allow hotlink. More information is available at: this link.
    Dismiss Notice
  3. All Civ avatars are brought back and available for selection in the Avatar Gallery! There are 945 avatars total.
    Dismiss Notice
  4. To make the site more secure, we have installed SSL certificates and enabled HTTPS for both the main site and forums.
    Dismiss Notice
  5. Civ6 is released! Order now! (Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon DE | Amazon FR)
    Dismiss Notice
  6. Dismiss Notice
  7. Forum account upgrades are available for ad-free browsing.
    Dismiss Notice

Research URLs For Mod Makers

Discussion in 'Civ3 - Creation & Customization' started by Ozymandias, Jul 19, 2003.

  1. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Civ3 Modding Archivist

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2001
    Messages:
    9,194
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    The lone and level sands
    I know many of us have done quite a lot of research in the course of our mod making -- and will continue to do so.

    With that in mind -- and the general intelligence and curiosity of the "typical" Civ player -- I've begun compiling and organizing a library of URLs, using the following categories to begin with:

    I. HISTORY
    • Political & General History
    • Military History (General)
    • History of Science & Technology
    • Cultural History -- Wonders of the World, etc.
    • Economic History
    • Historiography
    • Obscure
    • Alternative Histories
    II. MAPS
    • Link to .BMP > .BIC file converter
    • Historical Maps & Atlases
    • Physical Maps
    • Climatological Maps
    • Resource Maps
    • Earth History (Past & Future - Plate Tectonics)
    • Imaginary Realms
    III. MILITARY HARDWARE, STRATEGY & TACTICS
    • Land - Ancient & Medieval
    • Land - Renaissance
    • Land - 1700 - 1900
    • Land - Right On The Cusp - ca. 1900
    • Land - 20th Century - Present
    • Land - Near-term future
    • Naval - Multi-Era
    • Naval - Ancient & Medieval
    • Naval - Renaissance through Ironclads
    • Naval - Ironclads - Present
    • Naval - Near-term future
    • Aerospace - Lighter-Than-Air
    • Aerospace - Fixed Wing
    • Aerospace - Rotary Wing (helicopters)
    • Aerospace - Hybrid
    • Modern - Comprehensive
    • Experimental, Prototype and Cancelled Projects, 20th & 21st Centuries

    IV. CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

    V. MILITARY MODELS, SCHEMATICS, ILLUSTRATIONS, ETC.
    • Historical
      -General / Multi-Category
      -Aviation
      -AFVs
      -Ships
    • Fantastical
    • Science Fiction

    VI. MODELS OF BUILDINGS

    VII. MISCELLANEOUS & OTHER

    VIII. URLs To Be Sorted

    IX. OOBs (Order Of Battle)

    • kiwitt's 1939 Global OOB


    This is very much an ongoing effort -- there are about 200 links so far (18 October '03).

    PLEASE POST ADDITIONS / COMMENTS / SUGGESTIONS / ETC. IN THIS THREAD!

    -- This is a change from my original request, now that I have things somewhat organized.

    ... Oh and many thanks to Zulu & Mithadan for helping to kick-start this list :thumbsup:

    -Oz
     
  2. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Civ3 Modding Archivist

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2001
    Messages:
    9,194
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    The lone and level sands
    I. HISTORY

    Political & General History

    World History Chronology - Another excellent, timeline based history from Plexus, with many well written sub-links for different events, etc.
    Hyperhistory Online -- Covers everything from technology history to maps
    WWWVL The World Wide Virtual Library -- A very large accumulation of resources, many with an academic emphasis (methodology, historiography, etc.)
    All Empires - fine overview site
    World History Overview - Very short but also very many entries ...
    Wikipedia History Of The World By Millenium & Century
    Regnal History - Names and dates for just about every known ruler, anywhere in the world!

    The Ancient World & Byzantium

    Ancient World Web Much varied info here
    About.com - Ancient & Classical History (a decent general site; beware pop-ups ...)
    Mesopotamia (Links)
    Achaemenid Persia Everything you've ever wanted to know on the subject (thanks to Kryten!)
    The Illustrated History Of The Roman Empire - Interactive maps (choose a year; see the Empire's extent); many well-organized sections on history, with the "The Roman Army" and associated illustrations being real standouts
    Explore Byzantium - Overview of Byzantine History
    The Dual Nature of the Byzantine Empire And The Anecdota of Procopius - A general history of the Byzantine Empire

    The Middle Ages

    ORB - The Online Reference Book For Medieval Studies
    Internet Medieval Sourcebook
    The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies - Georgetown University links to many online resources
    Medieval Life & The Hundred Years War - A 200,000 word, well-illustrated e-book. With thanks to TopGun69!

    Regional History - General

    "Encyclopedia Of The Orient" - Actually North Africa & the Middle East
    Pictish Nation - A History Of The Picts
    American History Overview - About.com

    "Short overview of African civilizations and their importance"
    Ethiopian History

    Chinese History

    A Complete History Of China
    Chinaknowledge - "A universal guide for China studies"
    Eastern Zhou Dynasty: Warring States Period (475-221 BC)


    Military History (General)

    "A Short History Of War" - like it says. A nice find by Mithadan.
    A VERY Succinct Military History/Timeline Of The World
    On War -- including "A comprehensive guide to armed conflicts in the last two hundred years."
    Technology of Warfare - in 4 sections: WW1, WW2; Vietnam; Persian Gulf War 1 - focused on introduction of weapons and weapons platforms
    Maps Of Ancient Warfare
    The (Largely Military) History of Protestantism
    Ancient & Medieval Japanese Naval article
    Napoleonic Glossary - For the Grognards ...
    Mao Tse-tung On Guerilla Warfare
    Russian Battlefield (WW2)
    The World At War - History Of WW2
    Aviation History - from the Montgolfier Brothers onwards
    Historic Information For The "Total War" Series - Rome; Medieval; Shogun - One of the best gamer-oriented history sites I've seen
    A thousand years of the Hungarian art of war - Regionally specialized and extremely thorough!
    Historic Battles: History Revisited Online - Nice e-mag.
    WWII Tech: World War II History - Excellent site; thanks to TopGun69!

    History of Science & Technology

    The Medieval Technology Pages - A beautifully organized, in-depth, and very accessible resource for Europe and the Islamic world.
    History of Gardening [ =Agriculture -Oz ] from ancient times to 1600
    HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE SHIP -- the best such resource I've found, period (from ~Ancient Egypt to ~the 16th Century CE)
    History Of Copper
    History Of Tin
    Aluminum

    Cultural History -- Wonders of the World, etc.

    7 Wonders+ Of The Ancient World
    A Visual Sourcebook for Chinese Civilization
    SILKROAD FOUNDATION
    The Silk Road -- Ukas made a wonderful Silk Road Wonder at my request ... :)
    Cheng Ho & The Chinese Treasure Fleets (15th Century)
    Samurai Archives - Excellent resource covering Japan in the era of the Samurai, approximately 1180-1600 CE.
    The Germanic Heritage Page

    Economic History

    Origins Of Money & Banking
    Mediaeval Trade - Interesting section; part of the much larger online version of Hendrik Van Loon's "The Story Of Mankind"
    The Hanseatic League

    Historiography*
    (*The study of determining what are the driving forces and/or organizational "themes" of history - hardly as dry as it sounds :) )

    Warring States - excellent notes from a 2002 UMass-Amherst conference on similarities and dissimilarities between pre-industrial multi-state systems.

    Primary Sources
    Documents in Military History - Large collection spanning all recorded military history.
    The World War I Document Archive - "This archive of primary documents from World War I [...] is international in focus and intends to present in one location primary documents concerning the Great War."
    PSM Data Primary and Secondary sources and Material ("PSM"), best for 18th-20th Century Europe -- good for population figures etc.

    Obscure

    A Brief History of New Sweden In America 1638-1713 - Swedish colony on the Delaware River ... who knew? ;)

    Alternative Histories*
    *Inspiration for mod makers ... ?
    Uchronia - Where Harry Turtledove is only the tip of the iceberg ...
     
  3. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Civ3 Modding Archivist

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2001
    Messages:
    9,194
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    The lone and level sands
    II. MAPS

    Note: a .bmp to .bic converter (converts any map in a .bmp file format) can be found HERE.

    General Collections & Link Sites

    Open Directory Project's Map Resources -- mind boggling
    National Geographic "Map Machine" -- National Geographic's excellent online map generator (contemporary & historical); also has very detailed maps of eco-regions and resources
    Visible Earth - NASA Map Site - d/l .jpegs & .tiffs
    A Wide Variety Of Global Projections
    The Geography Network
    http://www.refdesk.com/factmaps.html
    The Lonely Planet
    U Texas Historical Maps

    Historical Maps & Atlases

    Europe & The Near East: Antiquity & Early Medieval INCLUDING RESOURCES
    Internet Medeival Sourcebook - Maps & Images -- An extraordinary collection of maps & links
    Maps Of Ancient Warfare
    Historical Maps Of Europe From AD 1 to AD 2000
    Mapping History: The Darkwing Atlas Project - American and European Maps, including resources
    Medieval European / Baltic / Mediterranean Trade Routes Map
    Political "Snapshot" of Europe in 1492 - In French, but easily understood.

    Physical Maps

    The Global Land One-km Base Elevation (GLOBE) Project: A Gallery of Images - Some fantastic downloadable maps
    Altapedia.com - both physical and political maps
    A Map of Mars

    Climatological Maps

    Major Biomes of the World
    UC Berkeley Checklist of Online Vegetation and Plant Distribution Maps
    GLOBAL ATLAS OF PALAEOVEGETATION SINCE THE LAST GLACIAL MAXIMUM
    Global Distribution Of Original And Remaining Forests
    Extreme Sea Level Changes - Global Projections
    Global Forest Watch - generate maps of forest coverings today and 5000 years ago.

    Resource Maps

    Mapping History: The Darkwing Atlas Project - American and European Maps, including resources
    Europe & The Near East: Antiquity & Early Medieval INCLUDING RESOURCES
    World Maps - Resources, Vegetation & Physiography
    wine
    aluminum
    uranium - Good starting point
    salt - Don't underrate this! - In historical times this has been traded 1:1 by weight for gold dust.
    Australian Resources - dig around and ye shall find
    Coal and other resources
    National Geographic "Map Machine" (see note under listing in "General Collections & Link Sites" section

    Earth History (Past & Future - Plate Tectonics)

    Global Maps From The Precambrian - 250 Millions From Now
    The Future Is Wild - Click on "As The Earth Evolves" - global map projections 5, 100, and 200 million years from now

    Imaginary Realms

    Dutch Geo-Fiction Association

    Other

    The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
    Online Map Creation -- pick your parameters (longitude, latitude, etc.) and go
     
  4. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Civ3 Modding Archivist

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2001
    Messages:
    9,194
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    The lone and level sands
    III. MILITARY HARDWARE, STRATEGY & TACTICS

    NB: The line between items on this page and the "Illustrations" page can be a fine one - generally, entries on this page go into greater technical and/or historic detail

    Land - Ancient & Medieval

    Ancient Egyptian Warfare
    Traditional African Weapons Hurst Gallery collection
    Late Roman Shield Patterns taken from the "Notitia Dignitatum"
    Excerpts On Ancient & Medieval Warfare - See the items under the heading "On War"
    Warfare throughout the Middle Ages - AN excellent series of articles on the topic.
    Experimental Reconstruction of a Medieval Trébuchet
    11th Century Chinese Military Technology (Song Dynasty)

    Land - Renaissance

    Introduction to Politics & War in the Renaissance
    A Renaissance Military Glossary
    The Renaissance Art Of Warfare - Fine overview with separate sections for representative battles
    Eduseek - 15th to 17th Century Conflicts
    The Geometry of War - Online exhibit on : the role played by geometry in Renaissance warfare, including aiming cannon, the design of fortifications, and formations of infantry.
    The Spanish Tercios
    Hungarian Renaissance Warfare
    Polish Renaissance Warfare
    English Late Medieval Military Costumes/"Uniforms"
    Galloglass Warriors
    A Book of Five Rings The 16th Century Japanese classic on strategy.

    Land - 1700 - 1900

    "Infantry Tactics and its Material Causes 1700-1870"

    Right On The Cusp - ca. 1900

    Armored Cars 1896-1913 - Small but very cool site! - With thanks to TopGun69

    Land - 20th Century - Present

    Achtung Panzer - Well organized, illustrated and researched site, including might-have-beens, from WW1-2

    Land - Near-term future

    Naval - Multi-era

    Dept. Of The (U.S.) Navy Historical Center

    Naval - Ancient & Medieval

    THE HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL EUROPEAN SAILING-SHIPS (7th - 15th century)

    Naval - Renaissance through Ironclads

    A Concise History Of The Devleopment Of The Western Square-rigged Sailing Ship After The Middle Ages. - "From the carrack to the full-rigger"
    Ye Olde Booke O' Seadogs - Renaissance Seafaring

    Naval - Ironclads - Present

    Naval - Near-term future

    Here's an engrossing extract from Jane's on "near-term" use of directed energy weapons etc. by the USN.

    Aerospace - Lighter-Than-Air

    British Airships
    Modern Zeppelins

    Aerospace - Fixed Wing

    The Virtual Aviation Museum - comprehensive compendium on European aircraft, in English and German.

    The Aerodrome - nice site for WWI aircraft stats, photos, and aces.
    German Aircraft Armament Unit Structure during the First World War - "The bomb armament and unit structure of ground attack forces. A short description." Also links / galleries of some interesting aircraft etc. of all ages, with detailed histories.

    The World's Ugliest Aircraft - an uninspiring name yet with some genuine rare avis - "rare birds"

    Aerospace - Rotary Wing (helicopters)

    All The World's Rotocraft - much well organized info on everything from plain choppers to beasties you probably never guessed existed ...

    Aerospace - Hybrid

    "Flatlander's Aerospace Force" - An intriguing and comprehensive history of "parasite" aircraft -- i.e., those designed to be carried by either airships or other aircraft

    Modern - Comprehensive

    Army Technology
    globalsecurity.org
    Jane's Defence Weekly - authoritative site on modern military affairs; non-subscriber excerpts of current articles are available
    Monch Publishing Group - Defense Industry Resource - a wide variety of features

    Czech "Ultimate Military Collection" A wide range of info on the modern Czech military (primarily air force) as well as many WW2 aircraft and armor (check out the "Tanks In WWII" link). Good illustrations and technical info.
    The Swedish Journal of Military Technology - NB: the archive is free of charge

    Experimental, Prototype and Cancelled Projects, 20th & 21st Centuries

    The Strange Mechanism Museum - "This page recommends Experimental projects, Prototypes, Paper plans ,Canceled projects, and many interesting mechanisms." Check it out -- there's some wild stuff here --
    -- and here: Unreal Aircraft
    Arsenal Ship - a joint Navy / DARPA program high firepower stealth ship
     
  5. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Civ3 Modding Archivist

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2001
    Messages:
    9,194
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    The lone and level sands
  6. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Civ3 Modding Archivist

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2001
    Messages:
    9,194
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    The lone and level sands
    V. MILITARY MODELS, SCHEMATICS, ILLUSTRATIONS, ETC.

    Note: unlike the "MILITARY HARDWARE, STRATEGY & TACTICS" section, I have included none-English-language sites here (1) if they are relatively easy to navigate and (2) provide interesting images. Also note there are some great images to be found in that other section as well. -Oz

    HISTORICAL

    General / Multi-Category

    Painted Armies Of DBA Online - A VERY extensive listing from Sumer to the 15th Century CE
    JED Military Equipment Directory -- extensive collection
    Onno van Braam - Computer Graphics Artist - Blueprints[/URL] -- an even more extensive collection ...
    Suurland Blueprints -- OK so Zulu's amazing ...
    Gunpoint-3D
    Turbosquid -- also has scifi; membership required
    Military Miniatures Of All Periods
    Pegaso Models
    The FriedrichFiles - Ships, Aircraft & Airships
    xlegio - I would have this under "Military History" except that the site's in Russian; nevertheless many fine illustrations of ancient warfare can be found by poking around
    3D Heaven - 3D Models & Meshes
    L'histoire du monde.net - 20eme siecle - many fine photos; easy navigation; in French
    http://telias.free.fr/index.html - "good things for Bryce, Poser and Max," says aaglo, and how can you not believe him?

    Aviation

    Aviation Sites - A HUGE number of links to aviation sites

    Aviaworld Online - large aircraft photo collection, by nationality
    Air Force Museum - Monino, Russia - Many photos of Russian/Soviet aircraft.
    B.I.I.C. Aviation Museum - many fine photos, schematics and misc details for both fixed and rotary wing aircraft
    mittlere Bombenflugzeuge - nice bomber overview page; in German
    Dassault Aviation History Pages - excellent site for Dassault (and subsidiary company) aircraft. In French.
    Virtual ircraft Museum

    Armored Fighting Vehicles

    AFVs of WW1 and the 1920s
    Tanks! -- great AFV photo site
    A World Of Tanks - An EXTRAORDINARY gallery of excellent color prints of lesser known WW2 AFVs

    Ships

    Asian Ship Models
    Age Of Sail Prints Beautiful - inspiration for all you sailing ship makers!
    Online Library of Selected Images: Ships of the Spanish-American War -- Modern U.S. Navy Monitors

    FANTASICAL
    Alternate History ca. 1900 AFVs
    "Landships - Spurious Victorian Armored Fighting Vehicles"
    Luft '46 (Luftwaffe Might-Have-Beens)
    Dan Johnson's Model Gallery (more Luftwaffe Might-Have-Beens)

    SCIENCE FICTION
    3d Model Forge
    IMI 3D Intelligent Modeler - a number of free d/ls
    The Ultimate Guide To Sci-Fi & Fantasy Art - OVER 1100 ARTISTS AND GALLERIES!"The Starfleet Museum" Star Wars AND Star Trek Blueprints
     
  7. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Civ3 Modding Archivist

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2001
    Messages:
    9,194
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    The lone and level sands
  8. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Civ3 Modding Archivist

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2001
    Messages:
    9,194
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    The lone and level sands
  9. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Civ3 Modding Archivist

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2001
    Messages:
    9,194
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    The lone and level sands
  10. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Civ3 Modding Archivist

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2001
    Messages:
    9,194
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    The lone and level sands
  11. Mithadan

    Mithadan Wandering Woodsman

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2003
    Messages:
    4,036
    Location:
    Alberta über alles ;)
    Uh, okay! :) Under the heading "Micellaneous & Other," the link "UK Channel 4 Guide to Roman Empire; Medieval-Stuart England/Britain; Napoleonic EmpireMinnesota State" doesn't work. I think you've got three backslashes after "http" or something.
     
  12. aaglo

    aaglo Furioso!

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2003
    Messages:
    8,191
    Location:
    Planet Baal
    Pol_cop posted this link

    http://www.xlegio.ru/

    It has a great deal of ancient ships & weapons. There's one downside - it's a russian site, so most of us don't know what are they saying. But there are many nice pics. ;)
     
  13. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Civ3 Modding Archivist

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2001
    Messages:
    9,194
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    The lone and level sands
    Mithadan & aaglo - thanks!

    Link fixed and link added, respectively --

    aaglo, I added the site under "Models etc." and not "Military History" as I presume that most people at this site don't read Russian (if I'm wrong, surely they'll let me know ;) ) -- an excellent site, irrespective.

    -Oz
     
  14. MarineCorps

    MarineCorps Explosion!

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2003
    Messages:
    8,187
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Cape Cod
  15. Drewcifer

    Drewcifer Agent of Karma

    Joined:
    May 1, 2002
    Messages:
    3,722
    Location:
    Minneapolis
    I just noticed the change. I posted a bunch of links on the old thread.
     
  16. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Civ3 Modding Archivist

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2001
    Messages:
    9,194
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    The lone and level sands
    Many thanks -- I posted it under "MILITARY HARDWARE, STRATEGY & TACTICS" / "Modern - Comprehensive" along with Jane's et. al. -- Believe me, I somehow doubt this is the "final" organization / breakdown ... :)

    -Oz
     
  17. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Civ3 Modding Archivist

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2001
    Messages:
    9,194
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    The lone and level sands
    Done! -- Looks like some good stuff :goodjob:

    Thanks,

    Oz
     
  18. Mark Young

    Mark Young Formerly Sir Eric

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2003
    Messages:
    1,798
    This looks great, looks like you got your wish after all.

    btw You might have to change your title form Iconoclast (what is that?) to librarian.
     
  19. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Civ3 Modding Archivist

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2001
    Messages:
    9,194
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    The lone and level sands
    Thanks! I'd basically been doing much of this for myself, and noticed that certain types of info were regularly requested, so it wasn't much of a stretch, especially given how much effort so many others have been willing to contribute to the common good (I SWEAR Wyrmshadow's cloned himself ... )

    "Iconoclast" literally means "breaker of icons". Although it historically refers to a movement within the Byzantine empire to melt down golden icons (1) ostensibly to help reconcile with the Western (Catholic) Church and (2) assist the state's depleted coffers, the notion of shattering images/preconceptions -- and, e.g., not choosing an avatar -- simply fits my temperament well.

    EDIT: Changed fom "iconoclast" to "Civ3 Modding Archivist". Better late than never. :rockon:

    Best,

    Oz
     
  20. Mithadan

    Mithadan Wandering Woodsman

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2003
    Messages:
    4,036
    Location:
    Alberta über alles ;)
    After a quick perusal of the Military History category (it's late, I can't stomach a thorough perusal), it appears that we haven't got a link to A Short History of War. So far, I rather like this site! :ack: :sleep:
     

Share This Page