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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

2'x2' Skirmish Wargames Board

 Quoted from my Facebook blog:
"" 2'x2' board for skirmish gaming. Needs some varnish to protect surfaces and a decision made on either clear water effects resin or gloss varnish for the stream - though it isn't, ideally, deep enough for the resin, as the instructions say it should be poured to a depth of 1/8" (2.5mm) and that's a little too deep for this model. ""
The board appears generic enough to, hopefully, see it used for a variety of periods and subjects. Primarily it was built to take up to the Catterick Garrison gaming club for Bushido, but I'm sure it'll see use elsewhere.

28 comments:

  1. Absolutly splendid, outstanding details...What a creative and realistic place, we can almost hear the rushing of the water and the insects buzz around ...

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    1. @Phil: Thank you. It was certainly fun to make

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    1. @Michał Kucharski: Thanks Michał. I only hope I don't mess it up finishing off the river.

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  3. Really nice work on the board. :)

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    1. @pulpcitizen: Cheers. Though its a bit of fail ...It was meant to be a jungle board, so I could've also used it with my Forgotten Hero Leopard Girl. Doh!

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  4. Roy,
    Thats a great piece of modelling, however if you and your club members are interested I would be happy to donate some mdf terrain boards to your group for free. Over the years I have made a lot of terrain boards to use at various shows and frankly they get no use now. They were made originally for 6mm historical battles but can double for other scales, well most of them could. Let me know if you are interested, but dont feel obliged to say yes, given just how good your board is.

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    1. @Robbie Rodiss: Thanks Robbie

      I'll contact some people and get back to you.

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    2. @Robbie Rodiss:
      Robbie,
      I passed on your board donation offer to Dave Docherty, as he's a member of a group who could have use of them. They weren't of use to me, unfortunately, and I'm not an actual member of any club or group at present.
      Dave's told me that he's made contact with you on the subject, so hopefully you can find a new home for them.
      Thanks for the offer, its very much appreciated.
      Cheers,
      Roy

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  5. Very nice Roy, maybe a little skim of resin will do the trick for the stream?

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    1. @da Gobbo Grotto: Cheers.

      Ideally, yes. I'm going to have to do a test piece, as I'm bothered that pouring a coat of the resin to less than the 1/8" recommended will see the resin not be strong enough. If I don't use it on this board I'll try it elsewhere.

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  6. That board looks tremendous. I always find making terrain gets the biggest amount of page views. And seeing this people will come back time and again.

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    1. @Clint: Thank you.
      Yes, people sometimes go up to Stu at the shows and mention to him something they've seen me make on this blog. It amazes me when I'm told about somebody from such a distance away mentioning something I've done.

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  7. Fantastic work Roy ! The board looks awesome with great details !
    Greetings

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    1. @Mario Morrhaye: Thanks Mario

      As soon as we've some warm dry weather I'm hoping to get it finished, then begin work on the fantasy samurai from Bushido the game. There's some really nice miniatures for that game and I'm looking forward to painting them.

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    2. Nice work, Roy. Looks a little Congo-ish, but needs a hippo.

      Regarding the river, as an alternative to resin, you could use either wood varnish brushed on in layers or transparent bathroom aealant spread on with a wwt knife. Both should work for a more shallow water-course

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    3. @Carrion Crow: Thank you

      I took an accurate measurement last night and I should, just, manage to pour the recommended amount of resin on this model - luckily! I'd already decided to just go for it, anyway, but its useful to know that I should be okay.

      I had not thought of using clear mastic, and I wouldn't mind I've used tubes and tubes of the stuff when I was working. Cheers for that.

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  8. Really nice job Roy, tremendously realistic, you don't need to do anything with the water it looks fine as it is.

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    1. @Matt Crump: Thank you

      Yes, I'd probably get away with the water as it is - maybe give it a bit of surface shine with some varnish - but I want to push the boat out and see what I can do with the water effects resin, so I'll give it a go. I blame my interest in model railway layouts!

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  9. Looks brilliant! One day I aspire to make a board like that!

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    1. @Gordon Richards: Cheers Gordon

      There's been quite the number of boards that I've made that have either never been finished, or were quite rubbish once finished, if I'm being honest. I've more bits of painted wood at my house than I know - I've forgotten where some of them now are, too!

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    2. And I should also say, that its quite within the realms of possibility that I'll balls this board up trying to finish off the stream. If I do, I'll build another one :)

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  10. What a great looking board and so versatile too.

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    1. @Michael Awdry: Thanks Michael

      I've hopefully left enough free space to allow for scatter terrain and buildings, as needed. I'd be lying if I said I've not already considered 'Three Musketeers' scenarios, or Iberian Peninsula Napoleonic's ... maybe even Old West or US versus Mexico. But Bushido first.

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  11. Excellent piece and I'd go with a few more layers of varnish and avoid the resin altogether unless you're practised in its use.
    (On a different note though at two foot square it seems a little too small, even for a skirmish - to me at least- and yes, I do understand it's the size required for some games!)

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    1. @Zabadak: Thanks Joe
      Yes, varnish would be the sensible option, I have to agree. I'm still waiting good weather to finish work on the board so I've still time to think it all over.

      I believe the reason Bushido the game uses such a small board is to force combat asap, like in Chess. Probably a tournament thing? 2'x2' is easier to store and use, however, so I'm not complaining :)

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