Gimp -> Photo editing
GIMP excels at editing pixel based pictures. If you have pixel-based elements in your design (idk., photos, hand-drawn stuff, etc.), then I’d use GIMP to prepare those.
Inkscape -> illustration and logos and simple text layout.
Inkscape does vector graphics, which is great for print media. I use it for making publication quality figures. eg. Setting fonts, doing layouts, or making cartoons.
I used a XP-Pen Star 03 ( https://www.xp-pen.com/product/44.html ) graphics tablet work with GIMP and Inkscape , it was the large size. Great tablet lasted me for about 3 years until I got my Artist 15.6 Pro pen display tablet .
Just looked over your thread again spitfire. Saw you 190’s very cool effect they do look like they may have been supporting some of rommels Afrika core in The desert! Ever thought of showcasing some of your other units spitfire? Maybe more of your air? I would love to see more of your renditons of airpower for the nations! Lhoffman has some great air he painted with just about every air unit type painted for the Germans in dark green schemes.
Has anyone thought making the board from Acrylic??
Or is it too prone to breakage?
I had considered etching the country and seazone borders into the bottom of the acrylic topper on our topograhical board. Would have been very cool, but too difficult at the time (skill level required was beyond me at the time).
I don’t think it would have been particularly prone to breakage. Acrylic sheets are pretty resiliant. SCRATCHING on the other hand would be a major issue to deal with.