Karelia Map - The battlefield of the Three Armies 1941-1944. Click to se our Patreon pages.

Karelia Map - The battlefield of the Three Armies 1941-1944. Click the picture above to se our Patreon pages.

A working group called KarttaKompania has made the Karelian terrain (map) to the well-known international IL-2 Sturmovik Great Battles flight simulator dating back to the Second World War. We are working to have the map finished and ready for publication at Spring 2024. Developers has seen the map files and it has been agreed with it in September 2022 that the map will be published as a map of the IL-2 Sturmovik flight simulator as soon as it is ready.

We have collaborated with the Finnish Air Force Museum and private experts. For example, the most internationally known Finnish aviation historian Carl Fredrik Geust has made available to us his versatile and extensive archive of airports and wartime aerial photographs.

Our intention is that with this game map, Virtual pilots from all over the world will get a lot of interesting military historical information about the Finnish winter and continuation wars and the activities of the Finnish air force with a very accurate historical map dating back to the war years and with historical flight missions.

The map is modeled as the region was at the end of the 1930s before the Winter War during peacetime. In the flight simulator, you can also fly scenic flights with civilian planes like Finnish Ju52m3 "Kaleva" in different seasons and see what Karelia, its cities, villages and landscapes were like just before the wars and later Russian occupation from Fall 1944.


Vyborg Castle modeled and textured by Petri Peltola.

Vyborg Castle 3D-modeled and textured by Petri Peltola.

KarttaKompania's workforce has decreased over the past two years, and therefore the amount of work in finishing the map has grown surprisingly large for our small group. We also didn't get enough people for our crowdfunding, but thanks to those who participated and we hope you'll continue to support us on Patreon, because the work continues!

We have not informed about the development of the map during the spring because we have been negotiating with 1C Game Studios since January about the map work of the Leningrad region. At the same time, of course, we have been doing map work all the time. We finally agreed on a plan to work together to finalize the map with 1C Game Studios' map team. According to it, this year we Finns will complete the areas of Finland and the Karelian Isthmus that belonged to Finland before the Second World War.

1C's Russian game developers make a Russian settlement on the map and build e.g. Leningrad in its entirety. This cooperation is now the best way to get the map finished and ready: We Finns focus on our familiar Finnish building tradition and the Russians on theirs south of the Gulf of Finland. Han will tell you more about the map plans and schedules later in the IL-2 Forum. The picture shows the area they want to complete in cooperation with KarttaKompania: the Battle of Leningrad.

During the last winter, we members of KarttaKompania have populated all the villages of Finland and the Karelian Isthmus, built historical airfields on the northern side of the Gulf of Finland and improved the landscaping of that area. We will tell you more about the new plans and map work during this year. The release date of the map will be changed to Summer 2025 because it grew to the south much more than we originally thought.

The first stage flying area of the Karelian map is 280km x 210km.

Most of the historical airfields, largest cities, towns, villages, urban areas and factories are already marked on the navigation map, but it is being updated all the time. By clicking on the map, it opens in another tab with full resolution.

Ground Cover Restoration Work Completed

The Photoshop work on the ground cover has been done with four times the precision where 1 pixel = 2.5 meters. The terrain files currently used by the simulator are reduced to a resolution of 1 pixel = 10 meters. Even with that resolution, the shorelines are already drawn very precisely and almost all rivers 20 meters or wider come into the landscape i.e. terrain.

The basis of everything is water obtained from satellite data to which old Finnish old maps of Karelia (1:20,000) and topographical maps of the Soviet Union from the 1930s (1:25,000 and 1:50,000) have been aligned. The entire terrain is geographically made as correct as possible and synchronized not only with the water data but also with the height data.

Land cover editing with the old maps.

The picture above shows a sample of the edited land cover from the Vyborg region as a 10km x 10km target maps for ex. bombers. It shows the precision of the editing work done with Photoshop (click to enlarge): from the old 1930's 1:20,000 scale maps of Karelia, different types of land covers have been drawn by hand with their own colors on different layers. The land cover files are made into black and white bitmaps, which are then processed and compressed with official IL-2 map tools. They get the final elevation, forest and water files needed by the game engine.

The First Stage's Road Network is Being Completed

The main road and railway network is already completed in the central flyable area of the map, We're just doing bug fixes for it. Roads and rails networks has made with vector graphics using old road maps, topographical maps and reconnaissance aerial photographs. Roads and railways are placed in the landscape with an accuracy of 10 meters in their historically correct grooves.

Land cover editing with the old maps.

The road map of Karelian Isthmus from 1939 shows class I and II roads and also railways.

Buildings of the city of Vyborg from the 1930s

Buildings of the city of Vyborg from the 1930s

We have really talented young future Architects from Tampere University of Applied Sciences modeling buildings. Here are one of our Construction Architect interns' experiments with eight historic stone apartment buildings in Vyborg, where he has created impressive city views.

These and many other Landmark buildings in the cities of Karelia are nearing completion and will be on the map during the spring of 2024. These pictures are testing with the Twinmotion application, not the game screenshots. But you can see from the pictures how devoted our students are to this internship, which they also like very much!

Vyborg city historical buildings modeled and textured by Joona Saarela.

Vyborg city historical buildings modeled and textured by Joona Saarela.

Vyborg city historical buildings modeled and textured by Joona Saarela.

Vyborg city historical buildings modeled and textured by Joona Saarela.

Vyborg city historical buildings modeled and textured by Joona Saarela.

Vyborg city historical buildings modeled and textured by Joona Saarela.


Donate the KarttaKomppania's Map Work

Now you can make donations to KarttaKompania's PayPal account, we are the Finns behind the IL-2 Sturmovik Great Battles Map of Karelia. By giving us financial support, you enable the further development and expansion of the Karelia map into the largest IL-2 Sturmovik map, and you also contribute to the maintenance costs of the server of this joint Air Regiment 3 website. Click the Donate button below and contribute your cards by supporting the development work of the military historical Karelia terrain and game map, as well as the 3D modeling work of landmark buildings like the Vyborg Castle above and most of all the Finnish Air Force aircrafts!

Nyt voit tehdä lahjoituksia KarttaKomppanian PayPal-tilille, me olemme suomalaiset jotka ovat tehneet IL-2 Sturmovik Great Battles karelia-kartan. Antamalla taloudellista tukea meille mahdollistat Karelia-kartan jatkokehitystyön ja laajentamisen IL-2 Sturmovikin suurimmaksi kartaksi sekä osallistut myös tämän yhteisen Lentorykmentti 3 -sivuston palvelimen ylläpitokustannuksiin. Klikkaa alla olevaa Donate-painiketta ja kanna kortesi kekoon tukemalla sotahistoriallisen Karjalan terrainin ja pelikartan kehittämistyötä, maamerkkirakennusten 3D-mallinnusta kuten Viipurin linna yllä sekä ennen kaikkea Suomen Ilmavoimien lentokoneiden 3D-mallinnustyötä!