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After getting fed up with playing on a carpet for god-knows-how-long, I have decided to bite the bullet and make a gaming board. However after thinking about it, I've realised this may be slightly difficlut, so I'm here for help.
I need something variable, decent for both LOTR and 40k and fairly easy to store as I don't have much room. On this basis, I thought a modular board would do, so buying a grass mat, then some of the new hills and the new craters (which I love btw), the 40k accessories stuff and adding that to the woods, stone formations and other stuff I already have.
But a few questions have popped up which I need answering:
1) Is this at all a good idea?
2) Is the grass mat (the GW one) good as is, or would I need to glue to something (and if so what?)
3) Are trees better left individual or stuck on a base to make a wood?
4) I wanted to achieve a sort of dark earth with grass thing for the hills, any good ways to base it like this?
Thanks in advance
It sounds like a good idea except for the games workshop grass mat. I dont think theres anything wrong with them just that things from games workshop are expensive. You dont need to glue it to anything, I got my grass mat from the local toy store for just a few £. The trees. I prefer to make them individualy but with good size bases and I do have a few patches of area terrain trees (ie a whole wood on one base.)
Not sure about the hills but I'm lucky becuase I have found a nice lot of red-earthy coloured builders sand. I stuck this on my hills and then painted green on after it but since the paint was thick it still left an earthy colour beneath the grass. Now you may want to ignore all my advice becuase its time to go to the mental home You'll never get me. Never.
H Friar Tuck, and well done for wanting to better your board!
In reponse to your questions:
1) Yes, though I would say that depends on how modular it is. I just use a couple of bits of MDF with a grass matt blu-tacked to it and then place individual scenery on, rather than doing fixed-style boards, as it's better to have flexibility.
2) The one I got from GW is perfect, it fits right in with my static-grassed bases and I used it straight out of the bag. I couldn't comment on any alternatives though as I didn't look into any.
3) I'd say base them. It makes them easy to place, stops them falling over, and the base gives a clear indication of where the area terrain (for 40k) begins and ends. Just remember to leave enough room for your miniatures! Keep one or two handy to check.
4) I'm not sure what you mean, but if you want it to look like slightly sparser grass on a dark coloured earth, my recommendation would be to paint the hill with any darker brown colour (possibly undercoat it black then drybrush the brown on), then PVA glue it and apply static grass.
I hope these tips are helpful
Get a board cut down slightly smaller than the dimensions of a mattress.
When it's not in use, slip it between that mattress and its box spring.
Note: This can be a guest bed, not your own, etc.Paint one side of the board green, the other grey: Rural/ Urban. Done.buying a grass mat, then some of the new hills and the new craters
Fancier surfaces will wear out sooner and be more difficult to repair, or may actually damage your minis.Stuck on a base is for dioramas. For gaming, use a green base as large as you want the wooded area to be.Are trees better left individual or stuck on a base to make a wood?
Then just add individual trees to the corners to avoid any confusion over what the 'green square thingy' might be.Use a black primer coat, drybrush in grey, then add browns up to the lightness you desire for the earthen sides.I wanted to achieve a sort of dark earth with grass thing for the hills, any good ways to base it like this?
Flock grassy areas, add clumps of static grass, small pebbles and lichen shrubbery to complete the effect.