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Sorry if this belongs someplace else, but i've reached the point now where i want to have a well made, well thought out board to play on, but im having problems trying to come up with a scheme that would work tactically both ways (so that if you play across the wide edge for team games ect, it still has tactical strategy sort of built in (so its not completely random)] I have decided on a rocky, sort of Rohan-ish scheme with cliffs and mucho rocks rather than buildings and sparse trees (i think ill use bark for rocks and paint it up, adding some static grass to add the weathered look) I'm thinking of having a mixture of "normal hills" and "blocked hills" (meaning that they have 6 inch high cliff walls on x sides) for a sort of game that makes for some planning, yet still works with a standard set of tactics, if this makes any sense. If you have any ideas or tips for accomplishing such a thing, the forum is yours.
Firstly, you need to work out the dimensions of the board that you are capable of both storing and setting up. Its going to be tough hiding an 8'x4' board under your bed
Next up, sketch it. I went through half a pad of A4 paper working out how I wanted it, and i finished off with just a few hills, a 'scorched earth' section and a river. Your sketches simply need to show the general layout and how you want things doing.
Dont make the board over-complex, this is just the board, most of the terrain should be removable for flexibility and diversity, as well as making it easier to store / set up. You don't want to make a beautiful board, only to rip of cliff face off when you go to put it away.
Once you've worked that lot out, you need to start thinking about how you want to make it. If you're going to have rivers/etc, you'll need a layer of tough polystyrene or very hard foam on top of your board - giving you the material to cut into for depth. If you want lots of cliff faces and hills, they can be made later as removable terrain. Only the basic form should be on the board, and that should be relatively straight forward if possible.
Check the modeling forum, they have lots and lots of information on making your own board. Just remember - send in lots of pics of the project! We all love a good board-build =)
Thanks for the support. I've started to plan out what i want, but im not sure whether to have a river or to leave room for a "weathertop" like mound near the center. Also, im not sure of the regulation size for a table (is 6 X 4 okay?) I'll take in consideration the adaptability and flexibility when i work it out. Thanks again for the help, and i totally missed the scenery forum, so thanks yet again
No problems, as for 'regulation size', there really isn't one as far as i know. 6'x4' should be fine =)
If you have any more questions, feel free to ask =)
I got to thinking about my basic design and it seems like it will have to have some "permanent" parts to it, as both ends would have cliffs that will be 6" higher than the plain board surface and have breaks in the cliff (4-6" wide, elevated portion ending 6-12" along the board length-wise) where models could move down/up, allowing strategic hold/break points. (4 "entrance ways" per side) The only interchangeable area would be the approximate 4' of middle space. Do you think that would work as a basis for designing a tactically inspiring board?
Where are you planning on storing this board and how often are you planning on moving it around? I only ask because a 6inch high cliff face is very easy to damage when storing/setting up. If your planning on using the board often or the storage space is pretty tight, it could get damaged very easily.
As for the design its self, it sounds pretty good. I'd play it without a doubt =)
Keep up the good work mate, and dont forget those pics!