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My Battle Board

PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 7:41 pm
by Darklighter
My summer project this year will be a battle board. I know we have a two month mega slot of the forum comps and I'm not sure if this will make my board ineligible for entry, but it's so big I have to do some major planning!

I've got some sketches for my gaming board done and settled on an layout.

These are my preliminary ideas all on 8" and 4" with and inch equaling a foot

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I really liked the road layout in the third attempt and I'm really happy with how the board fills out over all. I then ran with that road layout and tried some options for the rail line.

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I'm not overly keen on this terminal idea and went back to my original plan of a single line (I know in RL track always run in pairs). I've done one more sketch with an eye on keeping the ratios and measurements to scale. I've left out building foot prints as I'm yet to measure up GW's terrain sections.

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With that lay out the streets would be 9" wide with 7" roads and and 1.5" of pavement each side.

I'll need 5' of rail track either free G-scale brass or I can get MDF 28mm scale from a web store.

With the track intersecting with the road I've going to have raise the road level up so the surface rides flush with the top of the rails this will also help me add a little depth of detail all over the board... I've not yet worked out exactly how I'm going to do this as wood will be to hard to work with (for me) and styrene wont hold up over time.

The cross hatched section will be a raised train platform to use as a hill. The empty space to the left will be and unloading area that I can use as container storage (not permanent). terrain)

Bottom left will be a parking lot that could be used for bombed out cars and trucks.

When I've got it all made and make a start on filling out the board with terrain I'll be making multi layered ruins as hills that can be placed on a building footprint and removed if not needed. I'd also like to add a train on the track as well as I think that would make some awesome line of sight blocking objectives.

I have lots of ideas and I really need to make a start before I have to much planned and never make a start!

Re: My Battle Board

PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 11:27 pm
by BDA
sounds good :)

Re: My Battle Board

PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 5:20 pm
by Angelwing
This looks good. Can't wait to see it start!

Re: My Battle Board

PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 5:57 pm
by harbo1993mark2
Looks like a good plan, iv always wanted to make one with forest one side and fortifications the other to give the hole defend your home theme to the game

Re: My Battle Board

PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 11:23 pm
by Darklighter
Sounds like it would be fun to play on. I remember reading a battle report years ago with that sort of set up... I think the defenders had to hold against a never ending hoard for set number of turns..... Back when white dwarf had some awesome articles.

I've had a few thoughts about the project;

I've got to make/find the table/supports for this board. I'm not worried about having to move it once it's in place, but getting anything premade up into the loft space might be tricky.

I think my next move should be pricing up some essentials and working out a material list... I may have to buy the rail track first so I can work out depth.