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It’s a, a violent playground

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Won’t you come and join us in our playground?
It’s a, a violent playground
Such a, a violent playground

Wanted some more semi-creepy/postapoc terraint so made a playground out of stuff from  Sarissa precision, 4ground and ice cream sticks.

It’s all mounted on a base with the same kind of Zuzzy mat that the rest of my board has, so hopefully it blends in while still having some coherency.

 

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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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Mats, mats, more mats. Zuzzy mats, at that.

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

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A while ago I undertook on a great big olé journey to host a Malifaux tournament at PewPewCon –  PewPewFaux (of course). Anyways, in order for this to come true, I needed gaming tables!  At the local club there’s a bunch of 6×4′ tables, but the 3×3′ that Malifaux use are sorely lacking. So I set about ordering a few more Zuzzy mats, since they’re awesome. I ordered 2 3×4′ (to combine into a single 6×4 if necessary) and one 3×3′. They’re also tortoise-slow to get once you order them, so I had to order them a good 1.5 month in advance, and just received them last week, 1 week before the convention. So speed-painting 33 square feet of gaming table it is!

Just like with the other mat I started with a grey roller-drybrush and afterwards picked out the details (tree trunks).

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At this stage they look a bit like doodies on the mat. Not awesome…yet!

After this, I sprayed from a distance red and brown spots to break the mats up. Afterwards a gave it a wash of the “baby-poo wash” from last post. Yeah, a lot of poo-stuff this post.

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Top two have been washed and dried at this stage, bottom one no wash.

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Some more WIP pictures. Nothing much to say, really.

Anyways! a few days work and they’re all ready for the tournament this weekend.

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Results!

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Wrapped up and good to go.

WIP Wounded city, Zuzzy gaming mat

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Some more work done on my gaming table project – more specifically the “Wounded city” gaming mat. I ordered the mat in February and received it the other week.

Straight out of the box it works well enough to play on, but it’s sort of boring with a completely gray board.

First up, I cleaned the mat by dabbing it with a wet towel and then left it to dry for a day or so. Afterwards, I began painting, first by “drybrushing” it with a roller in a light gray tone and afterwards picking out the details, such as cracks and brickwork. The cracks were initially painted with an old GW Black ink, and afterwards with a really thinned out GW Chaos black. The red bricks were painted with a thin layer of red acrylic paint.

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The entire mat after drybrush and details. It doesn’t look awesome at this point, but I hope that the final wash will rectify some of the glaring weaknesses, like the roller-marks.

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Detail of the mat at this point. No masterpiece, but washing should take care of that!

The sample piece

Apart from the mat, I received a sample piece as an excuse for having to wait as long as I did for delivery. This seems to be pretty much how Zuzzy does with every order, and as nice as freebies are, I’d rather see them trying to speed up their delivery process. Anyways, I figured I’d use this as a base for some terrain, so I did this piece while I did the entire mat. I also washed this one first, since I didn’t want to risk ruining the entire mat with a failed wash.

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At this stage, the wash still wasn’t completly dry, and I was afraid it was too brown.

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After some additional time drying, it looks pretty ok. A bit brownish, a bit grayish, but not over the top. I’m slightly worried about the wrinkles, but some further inspection should reveal as to whether it’s permanent or just temporary.

Anyways, more to come!

Zuzzy test

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

Experimenting some with the zuzzy mat I just recently received. Tried some brownish hue and some plain gray. I’m afraid pure gray with snow will look too… Gray.

Still not sure. We’ll see…

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