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Modelling Workshop Battlezones

Modelling Workshop Battlezones

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Everygamerdreamsofplayingoveranevocativebattlezone,comprisingabeautifullymodelledgamingboardandscenery.Inthisarticle,weshowyouhowtomakeyourownboard,andtheterraintogowithit.
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ith
thereleaseoftheneweditionofWarhammer40,000,whichmakesmoreuseofterrainthaneverbefore,wethoughtitwouldbeagreattimetolookatgamingtables.Afterall,ifyou'regoingtopaintanentirearmy,they'llneedabattlezonetofightover.
Agamingboardisprobablythemostrewardingthingahobbyistcanmake,asitisthethingthatwillbeusedthemostoutofyourentirecollectionofscenery.Thegamingboardisalsotheoneitemthatvariesthemostinitsconstructionfromperson-to-person,andinthisarticleweaimtoshowyouseveraloptions,soyoucanchoosetheonethat'srightforyouandgetgamingasquicklyaspossible.Ifyou'renewtothehobby,we'vegotplentyofpracticaltipsforyou.Ifyou'reaseasonedveteran,thenyoumightwellpickupathingortwofromourhobbygurus,theinestimableChadMierzwa,DaveAndrewsandMarkJones.Beforejumpingstraightin,thereareseveralthingstoconsiderwhenplanningyourfirstgamingboardorarea.Howbiganareawillyouneedforyourgames?Howmuchspacedoyouhaveinyourhome,garageorclub?Howmuchcanyouaffordtospend?Whichgamesdoyouwanttouseitfor?Finally,thinkaboutyourownexperienceatmodelling-ifyou'renotconversantwithwoodworking,youmightwanttothinktwicebeforebuildingalargewoodenboard.We'llbeshowingyouhowtogoaboutthatlaterinthearticle.Remember,ifyouneedfurtherhelporadviceonanyaspectofthehobby,popalongtoyourlocalGamesWorkshopHobbyCentreandtalktoourfriendlystaff.
 
WHERETOSTART
Thesimplestgamingboardtomakeisn'treallyaboardatall.Infact,it'snotevenamodellingproject,
perse.
Itis,ofcourse,thenewCitadelBattlemat.Youcanfindoutmoreinthismonth'sCitadelToolboxonpage83.Needlesstosay,thematiseasytostore-it'screaseresistantsoyoucanfolditupandpopitawayinacupboardafteruse.It'salsorelativelycheap,andbyplacingsomelargebooksunderneathityoucanmakesomemakeshifthills,too.
A
simplebattlefieldsuch
as
thisonecanbemadeinstantlywiththenewbattlematand
a
fewCitadelterrainsets.
DREAMBATTLEFIELDS
Attheoppositeendofthespectrumarebattlefieldslikethisone.ThisboardfeaturesagiganticImperialcathedral,builtfromdozensofCityRuinskitsandfeaturingmanyscratch-builtelements.Thiskindofboardisbeyondtherealmsofmostgarners,asitiswroughtbythehandsofexpertmodellersDaveAndrewsandMarkJones.Still,itisagreatexampleofthepinnacleofthemodel-maker'sart,andisthekindofsetupthatallhobbyistsdreamof!
ValiantBloodAngelsdefend
a
beautifullymodelledruinedcathedralfromthefoulforcesofChaos-
a
battlefoughtonterrainlikethisissuretobe
a
memorableoccasion.
 
CONSTRUCTINGAGAMINGBOARD
"YouWillNeed
Toconstructyourowngamingboardyouwillneedafewsupplies,availablefromanygoodDIYstore.
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A183cmx122cm(6'x4')pieceof9mm-thickMDF(mediumdensityfibreboard).
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Sixstripsof40mmx20mmhardwoodbatonsinthefollowinglengths:118cmforthefourshortbatonsand183cmforthetwolongones.
e
Asaw,drill,woodscrewsandascrewdriver(remember,ifyou'reunder16seekadultsupervisionbeforeusingpowertools).
o
Panelpinsandhammer.
Makingyourownboardisn'tashardasyoumightthink,butitdoestakeabitoftimeandeffort.WeaskedMarkJonesandChadMierzwatoguideusthroughtheprocess,fromconstructiontopainting.Theboardwesettledonis6'x4',madeofMDFandreinforcedwithsturdywoodenbatons.Weaskedtheguystocreateablastedbattlezoneofthefarfuture,thatcouldeasilyrepresentamultitudeofplanetsintheWarhammer40,000universe.Obviously,ifyouplayWarhammerorTheLordoftheRingsstrategybattlegameaswellas40K,youmightliketopaintyourboardinadifferentway,suchasgrasslandordesert,sothatyoucangetthemostuseoutofit.Beforeembarkingontheproject,findyourselfanunclutteredworkarea,preferablyoutside,orinagarageorworkshop.Gatherthetoolsandmaterials(seethesidebaropposite),andyou'rereadytogo.OnethingtonoteisthatmanyDIYstoreshavespecialistwoodshops,andpeopleonhandwhoareabletocutwoodtosizeforyou.Thistakesalotofthehardworkoutoftheprocessforyou,reducestheneedtousepowertools,andcanresultinmoreprecisecutstoboot!Allofthisfreesyouuptoconcentrateonthefunpartoftheproject.Usingthehardwoodbatons,Markbeganbymakingawoodenframe(seebelow)tosupporttheboard.Thebatonsaredrilledandscrewedtogether,makinga6'x4'frame.Oncethisframeiscomplete,layitdownontoaflatsurfaceandapplyPYAgluetothetopmostedges.CarefullylaytheMDFboardontopoftheframe-you'llneedsomehelpwiththistomakesurethattheedgessitflushtotheframe.Leavethegluetodryforafewhours,thenknockafewpanelpinsthroughthetopoftheboardandintotheframetosecureitpermanentlyinplace.
TexturingtheBoard
Oncethegamingboardhasbeenassembled,itneedstobetextured.MarkcoveredthesurfaceoftheboardwithPYAglueandpouredModellingSandalloverit.It'sbesttoapplytheglueinstripsacrosstheboard,about12"atatime,sothatthegluedoesn'tstarttodryoutbeforeyouaddthesand.Tipofftheexcessontosomeoldnewspaper,andcollectitupreadytouseagainlater.Oncetheglueiscompletelydry,checkforanybarepatchesandrepeattheprocessasnecessary.Leaveittodryovernight,thentapoffanyexcesssandoncemore.Theboardisnowreadytopaint.
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ModellingSand.
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Paint(morelater).
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Thewoodenboardismadeevensturdierandstrongerbythewoodenframeandhardwoodbatons.

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