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I've been looking at several WIP's and tutorials on basing boards and was hoping I could get some opinions on what works best.
The alternatives I've come across:
a. Some people use a layer of PVA glue with sand on top
b. Others have used latex paint on both the bottom and top of the sand to keep it sealed.
- I feel this is the simplest but also the least appealing, as you can't really paint it.
- I haven't come across a lot of flock boards, although I would assume they would be more expensive and possibly wear easily? At least in the flat places.
At the moment, I'm kind of leaning towards sand, cheap and easily painted to a reasonable aesthitic level. I'm torn as to which method is more effective. I'd like to avoid a lot of wear and tear that's going to result in sand falling onto the floor.
I really like the look and texture of the boards at GW stores (I assume they're mostly the same) They have texture but nothing too rough that would ever break off or interfere with gameplay, does anyone know how their's are made?
What are your preferences? What works/looks best?
I put down glue, cover it in sand, leave it for 1-2 days and then i give it a bath/shower of watered glue, because the colour of the sand is the best colur for the sand!!
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I have thought about this in detail, (for my board) and have come to these conclusions:
1) Sanded - Easiest to do (I would use PVA, then paint to seal) & looks good.
Pros - looks good, cheap (in comparison to others), durable.
Cons - Bad for movement trays (WF, may scratch tables.
Conclusion - Great for 40k. Not for WFB. Not good for wife happiness (dining room table scratches)
2) Flocked - Looks best, and those large packs from GW aren't bad value (IMHO)
Pros - looks fantastic
Cons - most expensive, wears, Especially if table moved (and makes a mess)
Conclusion - Great for a static table, if you can afford it and reckon you'll find the time to repair it now and then. (not too hard though)
3) Bare / Painted - Worst looking, cheapest and easily stored / moved.
Pros - cheap, no maintenance, flip them over for a different colour (if WFB/40k different based.)
Cons - doesn't look that good.
Conclusion - cheap, cheerful, not the best looking but convenient.
4) Felt / material - Cheap, easily stored, doesn't look bad if done right.
Pros - Cheap, stores easily, different colours easily available.
Cons - needs fastening or may affect play. doesn't look that good.
Conclusion - May affect play? not for me.
I went for the painted table - I'm going to use housepaint and dust with a spraycan (lighter colour). It's easily stored, cheap to make, and can I flip the boards upside down for my grey (40k) and green (WF. It keeps the wife happy (see cheaper, easily stored and doesn't scratch tables or make a mess) - This last point is vital for gaming.
If i had a room / garage or the space i'd make two sheets (green and grey), and sand / flock them.
Think about it, what's the best solution for you?
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