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Hi all,

So I would really like to make my own board to play on.

I have a nice board that I got on an old Kickstarter and I’ve been glueing and painting lots of pre-bought mdf buildings and crates to make a city/dock theme, but I’d really like to make a board from scratch.

Something I can really get creative with and hopefully have a lot of fun making.

As I’m also playing and really enjoying Gremlins this year, it only seems right I should work on a Bayou swamp themed board.

In preparation I have made some attempts (still WIP) of small hazardous terrain swamps as a bit of a tester.

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The putty then gets pressed down (A little water helps smooth things out)

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I then got a bit carried away and painted a dark brown and added some resin water effects 

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So it’s not a bad start, I will get out the dremel and file down the sides, paint, add texture and flock before adding more resin to top up the water level.

I went for a murky brown water colour that matches the bases of my Gremlins.

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While searching online for suitable materials for the board itself.... I’m now a bit lost, I’d like to make a 3.5 x 3.5 foot board or maybe a 4 x 4 to give space past the play area for putting down cards, etc.

The board itself needs to be fairly thick as to take all the terrain and be able to last, I’d also like to build around the edge of the 3 x 3 feet play area so I can fill inside with cork and make some inbuilt rivers/wetlands.

With this in mind, I have no idea what type of wood to get, shops in U.K. have Hardboard, mdf, chipboard, etc.

Could I ask everyone for advice please?

thanks

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Those scatter pieces are a good start.

I might suggest you play with the paints rather than just going "murky brown". When I did mine I used a couple different paints (greens, yellows, and browns over a black primer) and stippled them over one another to create the illusion of depth in my shallow resin pools. I can post some pictures later if you want, but I think it really makes the water features believable.

In regards to base materials for your future table I would suggest perhaps using smaller floor tiles instead of one large wood piece. When I had my old 3' by 3' tables they were a pain to transport and store. They were always in the way and also quickly staled because they couldn't easily be altered (assuming you are including fixed terrain features). This is why I switched to smaller tiles or roll up mats (they aren't difficult to make yourself if you want a natural look).

Vinyl floor tiles work really well and are fairly light but can curl if you plan on using lots of glue without a thicker insulation foam (1 inch works really well) on top. You can go with 12" by 12" or 18" by 18". The demo board I created uses a single 18" by 18" vinyl floor tile with 1" pink insulation foam on top. There is plenty of room to dig features into and it is sturdy enough to travel. Smaller tiles just increase the portability and modularity (increasing replayability) of the table. If you want I can show you a larger city board I did a while ago, though that is when I figured out you had to use 1" foam over the top to prevent curling of the corners if you were gluing down substrate (still looks good though).

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@Treehouse great vid, I’m unsure with the volume of foliage/grass in that vid but the principle is great.

@Omenbringer thanks for the advice, still unsure how best to progress, love the idea of a folding table (bendyboard would have been ideal but not made anymore).

 

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here is my progress so far, display board and finished swamp ponds.

I did stick to a darker murkier brown for the ponds but tried a lighter colour water for the board

 

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@lusciousmccabe Hi, the circular parts inc in water at front right of picture is where the bases fit.

I rushed this and a big learning curve for next one (already have another on the go) will be to take more time and be able to have more ground water across a larger part. Currently with this one it’s too high and poorly cut to have more water effects across the board so it’s more just stepped mudbanks

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Kind of a terrain piece, can leave it as a bit of blocking terrain, but it’s meant to be used in supply wagon strategy.

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Really pleases how it turned out and got a best painted at tournament for it (tournament best painted format was for best painted supply wagon which I thought was a great idea for a variation to the standard best crew).

Going to start on a bayou village tonight

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Two great swamp village buildings from Sarrisa 

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Going to let them ‘air’ for the day to get the burnt smell away, will then start on paint and build

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Some small progress with one of the shacks. I’m going to cut cardboard slats for roof and overlap to add to the 3D effect along with the corrugated (yay for spell checker) iron sheet for porch roof.

some of this is glued, rest is dry fit as I’ll need to paint it before glueing together.

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More progress (day off work) and totally getting carried away with this so Ulix crew is not getting finished

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one side complete

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and starting to paint, not keen on the green, think I’ll turn it more a slate colour and have some green tint 

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Im going to orange/brown rust affect the corrugated porch roof and add a similar one to part of roof on the other side

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Getting carried away. Need to finish before painting

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happy with how the roof has turned out, used a straw cut in half to seal the top of the roof

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Silly amount of updates today, have been very motivated

Have base coated everything 

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now added shading to the roof and will really take my time lighting each tile

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happy with the rust effect on the porch roof

still have a long way to go with the wood on the house and the base needs sorting out. Aim to complete with 7 days from now...

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Thanks.

Im please how the rust turned out

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The roof is pretty much finished now, some additional slime patches, tufts of grass/lichen and maybe a small highlight on the roof slats

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I still need some more ivy and moult patches to add but the shack itself is about 95% done

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Next step will be to complete the base including steps, small pond around steps and some bushes. I think a barrel or three of moon shine left about too.

 

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Only found time for some additional foliage and extra bit of slime on the roof so far

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Not much of an update as have been away but working on some more terrain pieces, still no start on a gaming table yet

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