Monday, December 27, 2010
Snow Shovels and Terrain
A few summers ago, I made a modular gaming table for my home. The table started with a wooden frame that locked down onto my dining room table. Next, you layed two 6' by 2' sheets of textured masonite down, and used pugs to pin this surface to the frame to ensure nothing could shift. This system granted me a stable textured gaming surface, to which I could add a variety of thematic terrain collections. Here is the table, the day I finished it, arranged with some of my first terrain:
Since finishing the table, I have worked to create a set of terrain that matches the themes of a variety of armies I have collected. At this time, I have a Daemonworld set, complete with Armorcast skull piles, a Necron Tomb World sporting sphynxs and sarcophagi, and a Tyranid jungle composed or re-purposed plastic plants and twigs. To this assortment, I have long wanted to add an industrial complex, to accompany my Vraksian Militia. To this end, I have created a variety of terrain features.
As you can see from my first picture in this post, I have bought a few of the GW Manufactorum kits. By combining several kits, I was able to make two spectacularly large, line of sight blocking pieces. Here is the other, modeled after a cooling tower:
You may have noticed that the bases of all of these terrain pieces are made of nicely cut and sanded masonite. Thank you, woodshop students! Yes, I outsourced the cutting and sanding of the masonite to a few of my other students who have excelled in our school's woodshop classes. And no; these kids were not using power tools while jacked-up on Red Bull.
Aside from about 40 oil drums and gas cans, the only remaining feature to add to this industrial complex, is a set of roads I purchased from GW. The Urban Roads kit, was a spool of foam, printed with a color sci-fi road on one side. While this item would be great to have on my gaming table, so far, the foam has only really curled and wiggled. Due to being shipped in a spool, the foam seems to have retained it's curve, and refuses to lay straight. I used a blow-dryer in an attempt to return the foam to it's "memory" state, how it was created, but have had poor results. I suppose I am going to have to buy a ton of plastic card, cut it to shape, and glue the road down to it. If anyone has any suggestions, I am all ears.
It's just too bad that the temperature is so low: I would love to get some spray paint going on these pieces.