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So I'm getting into scenery creation for the first time. I want to make, oh i don't know a 4 by 6 board to play on. Now I understand the method using paint, sand and glue to make the ground, but what do you guys use as the actualy board? polystyrene? or plywood?
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The boards I play on most are plywood since they are cheap, easy to cut and light . Also, as a side note, interchangible tiles making up a board are really great.
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yeah , get a sheet of ply or mdf go for the thin cheep stuff and bild a frame for it to give it stength , on the www.gamesworkshop.com under warhammer they have some basic instructons how to make a table, it tooks like they have a single peice of wood thats 6ft x 4ft , im not sure tho coz to my knowlage the largest u can get is a standard sheet size its its like 1200mm x 2440mm i think, and u cant fit 6ft by 4ft in there, so u might need two sheets , but thats cool , its cheep stuff and with the off cuts u can use them to base buildings ect
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you should use a base of plywood and then have a layer of insulation foam , the wood will make it strong and easy to carry around and you can land scape the insulation foam for a more realistic look .
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i suggest a large peice of the pink insulation foam, i think they sell it in 8 by 4, then cut it to what ever size you want, my cityfight board is 4 by 6, then make a plywood border around the outside, then connect the opposite sides with support plywood peices under the bottom. and if your worries about space, cut it in half and just reattach it whenever you play
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Using insulation board is great for making 2'x2' terrain sections. At that size it is stiff enough not to need reinforcement ( if you use the 1" thick sheets)
The drawback is you must make sure the players do not lean on the board when reaching for a miniature or model. *crunch*
Sheets of playwood in varios thickness from 1/8" to 1" are sold in 4'x 8' sheets at any lumberyard or home improvement store in the US. (Home Depot, Lowes, DIY Home Warehouse,etc.) Several tables at my gaming sore are made from these sheets and covered with felt. For a standard game we simply use the extra 2 feet as a place to marshall our minis before putting them into play. For large games we use the entire board, such as for two 2,000 point armies per side. (Total 8,000 points on the board )
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I'll be using a big plywood board, which will be covered in one of em grass mats, and I'll make scenery pieces seperately instead of making the whole table a scenery piece. The n00bs choice