Inspired by amongst others badgers lovely terrain I finally started working on my own proper board to play on, No longer will my battles be fought upon a simple non decorated table!! I started out getting 8 mdf plates (24" by 24", 6 mm thick). Of these 4 will have fixed hills ala realm of battle board while 4 will remain plain, alloing us to change the board quite a lot.
Anyway, since pictures say more then a thousand words:
Tonight I have to fill in my taxes but after that I hope to start undercoting/sanding the whole thing
so yesterday i did the texturing, using a mixture of brown paints, sand, PVA glue and some water to dilute it a bit. it was a nice mixture to work with and proved super easy to remove from my hands (because well, one can't make terrein without getting dity yourself can you?!) since the glue made sure i could just peel it all off. I'm not sure if my shorts will be as easy to clean though...
Anyway, the surfaces are now textured and they feel great! I still have to trow some dice on them to see how much they bounce, but it should not be a factor. Now on to the pictures! I ran out of the right paints to use so the panels are all a bit different. The final earth colour will be something similar to the upper two tiles. Featured on the board is the fast setup for an apoc game i'm hosting in two weeks, should be great fun!
Tonight i'm going to the DIY store to get some more right paint,and more pva glue. I don't think i'll need to varnish the board since the paint/PVA micture seems pretty solid and hard to damage
so i got back from the hardware store,and apperently forgot 1 paint to buy to make the light brown sand colour. However, since we're on a budget for this board i decided to continue on with the paints that I did bought.
Some dirty clothes, hands, and a flocking session later this is how the board stands:
Besides some smaller touch ups (the rocks etc) this board is pretty much finished.
littlemac, I'm always open for suggestion and it's a good one! i think i still have some sponge like material that could work as bushes, however, I also want this table to be extremely modular, hence I opted to include as little detail as possible in it (in fact, i almost didn't want to add grass since this could make the placement of the buildings seem odd. What i do have is enough material left to create a big amount of individual scenetic pieces such as hills, craters etc As for bushes, would you think it best to mount them on larger terrain pieces, or put them on small 1" bases?
I see your point about modularity. If you use the Woodland Scenics sponge flock, it will make "bushes" that aren't much taller than a guardsman's ankle/boot, almost like sagebrush. It's more about texture than actually offering a cover save. I would put the sponge flock in the areas that you've already flocked with grass. It will provide more of a "prairie grass" look.
Since the sponge flock is small enough, you should be able to set terrain pieces and models on top of the little clumps without too much trouble.
I would take larger bushes or brushlines and mount those on bases. Personally, I usually allocate a 6+ cover save to those, so the base is helpful.
my first attempt at a plasticard scratchbuild, still a lot more to learn, but i must say i quite like it. i need to get some thinner plasticard for the detailing though! alligning the barrels was a bit of a problem, better luck with the next 3 emplacements!
I absolutly HATE imperial design! all those damned tiny rivetheads!
The hydra platform:
and the now textured fortress! the gateway battlements these battlements can hold over 20 guardsmen, which should be sufficient to kill something with their flashlights and on the opposite side of the battlements there's room to place 1 line of models, which allows the opponent to place things like assault marines there!