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I was always wondering how they made them. Thye have like built in hills or gradual slopes in their tables, and built in craters. How did they do this, what materials did they use? Also, whats the best material to make a table out of, and how would it work i.e. would you just put it on another table, or actually turn it into a table itself?
mdf, Insulation foam, sand and a filler.
to make the hills with gradual slope, glue down several layers of the insultaion foam, then when its dry make it smooth with the filler. you will need to sand back the filler when done.
and so forth.
5mm-7mm mdf is tops, get 6x4 foot pieces
What type of insulation? Is it the pink stuff (which I can never find) or the white stuff that breaks into balls?
Also, I tried using MDF, but it got warped when glue dried on it. Any tips?
Oh and isn't filler pretty expensive? Is it the ready mixed filler or the one where you have to add water?
5mm mdf shouldnt warp when you use glue on it.
just a general filler will do the job (wood filler any one)
I have never tried it but what you could probably do is get chicken wire and bend in to hill shapes and such, when it touch the board you can use U tacks to stick it down. After that, you can cover it in a few layers of papier-mache, when that has dries you can flock it or use one of those mats with grass on them but the flock would probably be better. Hope this helps (remember, this is not a tried method although someone else may have tried it).
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I have recently done some experiments with this.
For board-- you're going to need at least 1/2" for a good base that doesn't warp. Wood needs to be sanded aggressively so that it doesn't splinter and take the paint off with it. I recommend multi-layer plywood-- it's not the best wood, but it's light and inexpensive, a relative bargain.
However, I've found that two inch hard styro (pink stuff) holds shape and doesn't really need any backing at all. It's incredibly light-- a whole game board only weighs like four or five pounds and can be carried in one arm.
I make boards that consist of two 3'x4' pieces. These are incredibly portable.
Protect the board with house paint. Black, flat house paint. Three coats will give you some excellent durability.
GW Has a web page where you can follow step by step picture instructions. Web link
is here. ( http://us.games-workshop.com/games/w...le/default.htm )
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Buy 1/2 - 3/4 pink foam board. It will be located in the lumber section with the rest of the hard insulation. This foam board is great for both the table base and making terrain.
Buy glue and wire foam cutter. Look in the artificial flower area for a wire foam cutter. This is a simple heated wire that will easily cut through the pink foam board. Also get some glue that will not destroy the foam board. Many people use Elmer's Glue but I have found it doesn't hold as well as many of the other glues out there.
Buy acrylic paint in large bottles for basecoating the foam. DO NOT use spraypaints as many of them will eat the foam insulation.
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