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So, I have a gaming buddy who has been on a scenery building kick for the past couple of weeks. As we were setting up for a game yesterday I decided to snap some pics of our battle field. We estimated board, scenery and supplies came out to be around $75.
The actual playing board was a sheet of styrene insulation. We cut it into 4 parts. After squaring the edges it came out to be about 48" x 80". We used duct tape and taped the pieces in such a way that it folds easily for storage. The board top is felt. We went with felt because flock is just annoying to deal with and expensive on such a large area. Also, our local hobby shop uses flock on the boards and we get green knuckles from scooping up the dice. The felt was on sale at a local fabric store so we lucked out. The forest outline and water are also felt. We used hot glue to attatch the large tan colored felt to the board. For 1000 pt games we only use 3 of the 4 sections.
A lot of the terrain came from the cheap section of a toy store. He found an army men set that had some sand bags and trees in it. These worked out so well he's planning on getting some more.
This tank came out of the army men set. He popped the gun turret off and held it over a stove. Then painted it blue (my SM army colors are blue ).
Statue and razorwire:
Yes the statue is Master Chief from Halo! He makes a perfect statue if you glue the joints in place and paint it grey. The pillar came out the wedding cake section of a craft store. The razorwire is jewelers wire.
Same set of toys that had the Master Chief in it also had this alien (can't remember the name since I've never played the game).
So there you have it. About two weeks of work and $75 to make some pretty good terrain. It really livened up our game. Truth be told, this is only about half of the terrain we've both made in the past couple of weeks. Our next task is to design some terrain for when the new Cityfight rules come out.
Last edited by magnet_man; May 11th, 2006 at 21:02.
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No offense, but your board looks a little silly. All tha stuff looks missed matched up. Sorry i just dont dig it.
There's some pretty good ideas there, magnet_man, But I do have to agree with C/-Rt3r that It does look a little hodge-podge. Though for under $75, it aint too bad and give a variety of options to game with. Certainly not Golden Demon grade, but it works.
The dollar store has TONS of these cheaply made army men bags/buckets with sang bags and trees and vehicles and junk. Perfect for 40K terrain. My only problem is that you left them thier original colors. Primer them and paint them up like you would your GW models. They should look pretty awesome when your done, and be WAY cheaper than buying sandbags and bunkers from GW.
I love the idea of using the Master Cheif and Covanant Elite (Halo Alien) models as statues! Although I don't believe that these models are fluffy to put in the warhammer world, it's still pretty funny, at least your opponent should get a laugh or two out of it. What might be fluffy though, is to use all of those army men that came with the terrain as statues and gargoyles for buildings; monuments for a homeworld of an Imperial Guard Regiment since the classic army man bears a striking resemlance to the Cadian IG models. Paint them grey and stick them on buildings and whatnot. Overall good idea.
Using felt as areas of a game-board is a really cheap and effective way to denote jungle, lakes and rivers, and other areas of difficult terrain. However, they are VERY simplistic and often are pretty lackluster visually. Though, they get the job done. My only real problem is that you said that you glued them down on the board. Why? They would be so easy to pick up and move to keep each battle interesting and diverisfied. If you wanted to have a stationary game board, go ahead and take the time to model it.
Anyways, keep up the good work! Cheers!
Thanks for the comments
You both are right, it is a mish mash of scenery parts. However, we just finished making some of the terrain and just wanted to use it. The plastic sandbags actually were quite nice and the right height. We were planning on painting some of the stuff, but not the trees. After reading your comments, we might though.
The felt that is glued to the board is the light green felt, not the trees or water. I realize I wrote it a little wrong above. So yeah, we can move the water and the trees around.
As for using the army men for gargoyle's and such, these were so cheap that half of them were bent and have no detail at all. We might chop them up and make body piles though (who needs detail on a pile of bodies after all).
Thanks again for the feedback, would still like some more!
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Wow, I know people are bashing your terrain, but hang in there. Its little things like that which become great. I'm supporting you mainly because i recognize about 1/2 of the stuff on the board. I seem to have obtained the same bags of army men, so I have all your razor wire, fortifications, and trees. Its probably less than 75, because most of that is dollar store material. Keep making!
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If you had been able to get green felt that would have been fantastic. I guess you could go for a desert type look with the felt you have... green terrain on desert colour kinda sucks though if you like realism.
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Sorry man, but I'm a perfectionist. I need stuff realistic. I mean, even the fact that most terrain is not attached to peoples games tables and thus are elevated a wee bit makes me irritated. But thats just me.
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That's pretty rough stuff even for $75. if you throw in a little more cash into the picture you can purchase a set from us! Go to www.GuardTowerGames.com and check the scenery section...you have all the battlefiled and hills you will need for $119.
But to get off the sales job, you DO need to think about consistency on the battlefield. You will be surprised how much your look will be improved by simply keeping 'like' scenery on the table...don't mix ancient ruins with modern stuff...even if its alien-looking. By itself, some of the pieces are pretty good. Together, though....just like. C/-Rt3r stated my sentiments exactly: "Sorry i just dont dig it."
It depends on your purpose. For some, what is important is game play and not looks (not that it has no importance, just game play is more important). So items are put on the table that serve that end. Others, looks are important (I count myself among them). You are or your friend is attemping to make is own terrian, I think it is great, keep at! For few people would go that far, and sometimes you just can't get or like store bought terrian. Magnet_man you and your friend should keep at it. Building terrian is an other fun aspect of this game and other table top games.
Gualdtomergames, I went to website, looks interesting. Question, your product, is the styrofoam dip or just painted and flock. The reason I ask, I have in the past bought a simular product and after awhile it did not last to the constant traveling and handleing. I attribute this to the fact of its construction. Now when I make a purchase it has to at least be dip in some type of re-enforced plastic. To give example look at the current GW wall set, it is 3 hedges and 3 small walls. The styrofoam is dip. I like your resin buildings, and I perfer resin thats mostly due to its durability.
BTW, the company I bought (which I forget their name, but can find out if you like) their set came with more items for the same money. Your rivers, lakes, and swamp look really amature. You really need to improve in that area. Otherwise your company looks promising and I hope to make a purchase once my question is answered (I have some others, but I don't want to get too off topic).
Last edited by jerryB; June 12th, 2006 at 00:47.
I'm not exactly sure what you mean when you ask if our styrofoam is 'dip'. Do you mean 'dipped'? If so, then I still don't know what you mean ;-)
The WarBoards are made of polyfoam. They are painted and flocked, and then the flocking is sealed. There isn't a plastic coating or reinforced backing to the product for a number of reasons...the primary reason is price, the second reason is that there doesn't need to be reinforcement. In regards to the durability, we supply WarBoard sets to game shops and replace them when needed. So far, only one game shop asked for a single panel to be replaced. We have also had them at numerous conventions such as tolcon and Origins as the playing tables for numerous games, and they were as good as new. I personally purchased one 3 years ago, and I still use the same one.
I'd like to know what you mean about the WaterBoards looking of a low quality. The RiverBoards, LakeBoards, and PondBoards are available and are very high sellers. We discontinued the SwampBoard after the last release of the Lizards from GW which seemed to flop.
I really would like to know the name of the company you are referring to. I would be hugely surprised if they included more for anything less than 25% MORE than what we are charging, but you never know. I'd be stunned though. Let me know. Mr. Mazur is pretty good with the goody-bag if there are some significant items of note that get passed on to him. In regards to the company looking 'promising', it has been quite successful. WarBoards have been produced for over 15 years! Let me know if you have any additional direct questions and I can take them directly via email: KAmico@GuardTowerGames.com
Last edited by GuardTowerGames; June 12th, 2006 at 11:33.