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 Post subject: Battling area!
PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:07 pm 
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Ok people, my Battle board is out of bounds at the moment (its being a SPAM LINK while lots of work is being done towards my new and improved one...no spam please lots of love)

I recently went to a friends to play some 2nd ed 40k and found transporting my scenery and army etc a complete nightmare. So I have decided to create some modular board sections for use while my main board is out of action.

Being the efficient cynic that I am my plan is to use this opportunity to create a new world surface (not grassland) probably on both sides (thus two different surfaces) which can be used after my battle board is back in action as a raised section aswell.

First off has anyone gone down this route and does anyone know any definate dos or do nots?
Secondly knowing many of you arn't as luck as i am to have a room to commit to your hobby I thought my adventure into this may help you to create an easily storable flexible battle area for your home too. Thus I'll try to keep a diary of it here.
Thirdly I got a static grass applicator i wanna play with lots of love.

My plan is to get the best results at the lowest cost and create as flexible product as possible.
Obviously I would love feed back and constructive criticism as always.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:13 pm 
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Are you taking about a folding play surface?

I have seen a lot of people make 4x4 or 6x4 surfaces that fold up sort of like a massive pasting table.





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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:35 pm 
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I have a problem in terms of space... Absolutely no-where to put a table of any size. I'd be interested in seeing what you come up with! :D

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:50 pm 
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PG_Jackolas wrote:
Are you taking about a folding play surface?

I have seen a lot of people make 4x4 or 6x4 surfaces that fold up sort of like a massive pasting table.
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No, my present battle board is a 6 ft by 4 ft fixed table has a huge storage underneath for scenery with a 3 ft section that folds up to make a 9ft by 4ft table.
I plan to make 2ft by 2ft squares that can be combined in anyway to create a board of any size but can then be stacked and put in the loft or under the bed. Thus you can put them together on your dining table or breakfast bar to create a playing area to suit your needs at any said time.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:51 pm 
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Ah okay cool!

Well I look forward to following that!


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Ragnar The Destroyer wrote:
I plan to make 2ft by 2ft squares that can be combined in anyway to create a board of any size but can then be stacked and put in the loft or under the bed. Thus you can put them together on your dining table or breakfast bar to create a playing area to suit your needs at any said time.


That's exactly what I need! :D

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:41 pm 
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Hopefully this will be helpful and inspiring for you. No promises. lots of love

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:51 pm 
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Ok started today after spending some time looking at modular boards and considering choices I decided to just make a board that was a blank surface rather than incorporate roads, rivers and hills into it as I feel hills would make them more difficult to store and I already have moveable stackable hills, I prefer to make all my scenery modular as this gives more flexibility when constructing a battle field.

So first things first, off I went in the garage to find some suitable board. I opted for conti type board as its strong and thin (for storage) plus I had some already from some old built in furniture. Mdf boards or polystyrene are both suitable and available at any diy store. I had to cut mine up to make 6 2ft by 2ft boards.
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Ok next i scored the top using a stanley knife, this is to give the pva some thing to grab as the conti board has a very shiny finish which pva may stuggle to adhere to.

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Next I covered the boards one by one with pva making sure to get right to the edges. After this was done I covered the surface with builders sand (as I had a bag all ready) sharp sand would be just as good if not better.
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After doing them all I am now waiting for it to dry for more work to be done, but laid out its already getting exciting.

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More to come when things are dry. :D

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:53 pm 
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Nice dude!

That makes sense about keeping them flat.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:59 pm 
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Yeah top tip...keep them flat after gluing as the pva will begin to slump.

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Have done some work on these.

Using black masonry paint mixed with sand I have painted all of the boards using a textured roller. Make sure to roll across in both directions (top to bottom and side to side). Be sure to paint the sides also to get a nicer finished and consistent colour when placed together, checking that the paint has fully covered the sand as you go. I found checking from every angle was wise as some tiny bits were very stubborn.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:04 pm 
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Drybrushed the board in many layers using acrylic black mixed with white. Slowly making the colour lighter with every layer I drybrushed from side to side and then up and down for each layer using a plastic bristled glossing brush. I have stopped at this point as the build up of paint needs time to dry before I continue with the last few levels of high lights.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:45 pm 
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This is looking good my friend.

I need to start work on my pike and shotte as well as my lizards :D

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:38 pm 
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Agreed. The darker back ground is a great back drop for scenery and models.

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