This is a project that I have been putting off for some time now, but with the holidays fast approaching, and snow finally falling I decided that it was a good time to get this project underway.
So, what are we doing here? Making a new table of course. There are already the grass and hill board, and urban battlefield tiles that I made from before, but now I am constructing a set of ice and snow tiles that will be used for some upcoming games.
The game boards I create are designed to be placed over an already existing table, and in multiple configurations, like Games-Workshop's Realm of Battle game board (although far cheaper).
As always, my first step in creating the modular game board is to get a hold of a few key things:
- MDF or particle board Tiles (mine are usually 2' by 2' or 2' by 4'), this type of board is resistant to warping; is strong, and light; and most importantly is reasonably durable. Not to mention it is inexpensive.
- Industrial-Strength Velcro
- Staple Gun
- Polystyrene high density foam insulation
- PVA Glue and/or Wood Glue
- Mallet or Hammer
- Foam cutter
- PVC piping
Once the strips are secure and the glue has dried, you can flip the tiles over and start making the surface of the table. Before you start this however, it is a good idea to draw out some plans for each of your tiles so you can work out how the edges will fit together. If you want to have the tiles go together in many different ways, you will need to do extra planning.
Here I am working on a 2' by 4' tile that is being used as a river. I used foamcore and polystyrene to build up the river banks, using the MDF as the actual riverbed. I used foamcore here because I can easily carve it with a knife to the shape I want. If you have a router, you can easily cut the channel into the board instead if your MDF is thick enough. There will be more details to this later on, but right now I'm building up the general shape.