I own the first edition 1939 map by tigerman, and have played it a lot of times with my wife. I liked your map that shows the proportions of both maps back on the first or second page
I haven’t been able to find one like that of the 1939 changes between first and second edition and ultimately what you did with the land masses is so much what me and my wife noticed and critiqued on our very first play through on 1939… too much emphasis on areas that just don’t need emphasis. Although we play with our own special house rules and see fights through africa and the turkey / saudi arabia / Iran area’s quite more often because of it so having those areas works well for us.
Looking at how you did the hexes I find it confusing on some of your island chains, you most likely will have to customize positions of islands a bit out of geographically correct positions in order for them to ‘flow’ with the hexes, but I really like the idea of the hexes as it makes the sea zone battles a lot more tactical then strategical as with the bigger zones in 1939. As much as I liked 1939 we drew extra sea zones on the map on our 3rd game because we found it too easy to get to specific spots to quickly (including Atlantic crossing, we made it where it takes 2 turns to get across from ANY point as well with a black sharpie)
I personally really dislike the road art on the map, I would have to seriously think twice about buying it if it is as prevalent as it is in these pictures. Its ‘TOO’ distracting from the borders, even with them being enlarged/darkened… I have no real preference on solid color over realistic over some background noise as the background of the map, but I just find the straight lines of the roads and such to prevalent and distracting. Hopefully you make them less visible but still noticeable. Your choice thou.
The 1939 first edition was annoying with sea ports and airports displayed on the map, but with the lack of space in most places for units it worked well…
Might I ask ‘has completely stalled’ is that still in effect?