The gaming board – Or what I’ve been up to the last 6 months

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

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The epitome product of half a years hobby time has finally come to a close, and I’m personally very happy with the results. To nag some more about the tournament, I promised the club that I could bring at least two full tables to the convention (a lot of the clubs terrain is needed elsewhere during the weekend). I had a Terraclips table from before, which left me with one table done and one table short. I had already planned to make myself a gaming table for home use, but this sort of forced me to get on with it a bit faster than initially planned (initially there wasn’t really a time frame whatsoever..).

So, as I just recently posted about, I painted up a 3×3′ Zuzzy scourged forest gaming mat. I continued with the winter/tundra theme as I had initially planned. I chose to keep the snow only as partial spots and generic frost, since I figured an entirely white landscape would be a bit boring to look at. So the general theme of the board was something like “Gotham City in Russia” – Bleak, gray, gothic, worn. At first I just built graveyard stuff but quickly decided that I wanted something more than a board filled with tombstones.  Something like an old worn-out village with an old graveyard in its outskirts.

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With the aid of my father (yes, I’m close to 30 and still use my fathers help in my hobby projects…) we built a foldable gaming board onto which the gaming mat could be glued. The board was glazed to give it a bit more ancient/gentlemanny look and a handle was added. Below is the board in all its folded glory. The main reason for it being foldable is so that I could stuff it away and play games at home, and help out in transporting it if I ever go somewhere to play. Like a tournament I’m hosting. Cough.

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In order to help out transporting it, a handle was made which is secured by wingnuts. This leaves minimal bits of annoyance left on the board when in actual use.

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So I glued the mat down with PVA glue. I glued about 50% of the board, leaving the middle 50% unglued, so that once I close the board, it doesn’t rip the mat apart. In other words, the middle section of the mat just rests on the board, but so far I’ve not seen any bubbles or somesuch distractions. The board has a frame so that the Zuzzy mat doesn’t press against itself when the board is folded and stored away.

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And below is the fruit of my labor! 6 months ago I didn’t have a board, a mat, or any terrain, and now there’s almost too much of it…

This is just a sample board I set up and snapped some photos of yesterday to see how it’d look, and so far I’m really satisfied. In short, I went along with the “old (ruined) village outskirts close to the haunted cemetary.”

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Birds-eye view

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Tuco and Molly has a showdown in the cemetary. Pitiful crying vs. a Shotgun, place your bets!

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Von Schill scouring the ruins of an old house.

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Dr. Douglas McMourning discovers a treasure trove of body parts!

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These ruins are great for werfing some flammens at people.

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Sebastian…doing some stuff.

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Graveyard being a graveyard.

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A convict gunslinger sneaking around corners.

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Von Schill hiding in a room, like the pansy he is!

For kicks, I also tried out my “city board” variant. At the moment it’s mainly roads and three houses,  but most of the terrain is interchangeable, so I’m not too worried that I need more “modern type” terrain at the moment. The roads are made from a roll of “tar paper” (whatever the actual name of the stuff is). Works well enough and was very quick to produce!

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Batman doing his thing!

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10 comments on “The gaming board – Or what I’ve been up to the last 6 months

  1. sho3box says:

    Both tables look fantastic, well done.

    I feel cold even looking at them.

  2. These look incredible!! And I want me that body parts cart hahaha. Awesome detail in the pieces. All looks so effective together!

    Take some snaps when you’re gaming on these!! 😀

  3. dave2718 says:

    I like the tables. I also like the idea of the detachable handle – I built a folding board and it never really worked, a nuisance to carry, set-up and pack-up.

    • markus says:

      Thanks a lot!
      Agreed, it’s easy to end up with something bulky that’s just a burden to ship around. I suppose it helps that Malifaux plays on a 3’x3′ as opposed to like 6’x4’…

  4. Hey what are those fantasy-esque ruined buildings in the malifaux shots? They look great!

    • markus says:

      Hi! They’re actually prepainted mdf kits from 4ground’s ww2 range with some added snow on them. Check them out, really great looking and definitely affordable.

  5. Aaron says:

    Hello there, I have a question about some of the Necrons you made a while back. Is there a way to send you a msg? Sorry to post here but couldn’t find anywhere else to post.

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