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Beach Board & Modularity of play surfaces

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Here is the first example of where we are going to start moving towards with our terrain surfaces. This is only the first example, and our test piece if you will, that just so happens to include a beach!

Completed Beach Board

Completed Beach Board

The beach board is made out of 3/4″ polystyrene, base coated brown, flocked with our green/brown flock mix and the beach was painted with a tan color.  The foam was cut at an angle with a hot wire cutter and then roughly sanded with a course sand paper.  There is a chance I might put some sand down on this piece along the beach, but I’m not sure since the sanded/painted effect turned out nicely.

Along this same note, we are planning on making a desert board, we have a bit of desert terrain and are looking to make some more terrain to go along with that in the future, but this leads me to my next point.  We are planning on making all of our boards into 2ft x 4 ft sections, this will allow us a lot more flexibility with how we set up our boards.  We will be making “transition” boards over the next few months, ex green to static grass, snow to static grass, etc.  This will allow us to mix and match the boards and from there be able to mix and match the terrain that was built for a specific themed board.  Think of it as more options, and the more options we have, the better.  There will be more on this subject in the future for sure.

The Static Grass Board

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Albeit an awkward name, it effectively identifies it for our gaming group.  This board started out with the intention of being a scorched earth/alien planet but lets just say that didn’t work out and we moved onto phase two.  See, we had already flocked the board weren’t about to go out and purchase another sheet of polystyrene (pink insulation foam).  So, knowing that the glue we used to hold the flock down was water soluble we decided to remove the flock by hand….

Static Grass Board

A messy process...

Static Grass Board-3

This is what happens when you remove flock by hand...

The reason I’m posting this is to simply suggest that you don’t try it, either start over with a new board or just don’t do it….it’s probably not worth the effort.  That being said, here’s what it turned into after repainting the black base coat and flocking with static grass.

Static Grass Board-4

Static Grass Board Complete #1

The whole board was completely covered in glue and then the static grass was applied en mas.  When we applied this, we only let the grass sit on top of it for a minute or two and then knocked the majority of it off and then reapplied it again.  This time we let it sit for a few minutes and knocked as much of it off as possible.

Static Grass Board-5

Static Grass Board Complete #2

Now we took a few handfuls of brown flock and grey flock and scattered them across the still wet board to give it a bit of color change.