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12-30-2015 08:19 PM
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Project 2016: "Caribean gaming table"



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Hi everybody.

The last halfe year was very busy (work, wife and children) so I had not a lot of time to deal with table top.

As you can see in my other threat (Sacred temple) there was not a lot of progress the last 6 months...

But now I am on vacation, Christmas was a sucess and I have some spare time! Smile

So it is time to continue with my hobby.

Since I play now severla games which would fit in some kind of "Caribean Setting" (Godslayer, Freebooter's Fate, Fantasy TT and Bolt Action) I decided to "relocate" the location of my Halodyne temple to the caribean sea (or better: the counter part in the Godslayer universe).

So the theme is:

Board 1: The Beach
Board 2: The Border of the Jungle
Board 3: Small Village
Board 4: The Temple Area

Board 1 and 2 are "WIP" right now.
Board 3 and 4 will be done in the second halve of the year.



"Day 1".

STEP 1: Cutting the boards into shape:

A friend helps me with the boards (he has a lot more experience then I do).
We use XPS boards with structured surface (PVA glue and Acrylat sticks much better to an structured surface then to flat surfaces).

[Image: WP_20151229_11_54_50_Pro_zpshayvtihv.jpg]

STEP 2: Sanding the boards.

Step 2a:
Put PVA glue or acrylat on the boards where you want a rough surface.

[Image: WP_20151229_12_10_45_Pro_zpss4artji4.jpg]

Step 2b:
But a lot of sand on the glue and press it by hand into the glue.

[Image: WP_20151229_12_12_23_Pro_zps35qj7i9k.jpg]

The result:

[Image: WP_20151229_12_39_52_Pro_zpss0zynqcw.jpg]

More is not possible today.
(The glue-sand mixture need some resting time).

Working time: 90 minutes
60 minutes cutting the boards
30 minutes sanding the boards

Costs:
4 XPS boards: 20 Euro
Sand: 5 Euro (bird sand from animal store)
PVA glue: about 10 Euro

Tomorrow you will ge shocked (some colors in use you might not expect... ^^)
... to be continued
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12-30-2015 08:39 PM
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Cool...looking forward to more of this!!!...Smile
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12-31-2015 10:00 AM
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nice work! looking forward to see it finished! ;-)

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12-31-2015 10:25 AM
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"Day 2"

Step 3:

The glue-sand mixture is nice to look at.
But it will not stick on the board.
So the next Job is to remove the sand which is not fixed to the board.

[Image: WP_20151230_10_41_50_Pro_zpsaixi8w2n.jpg]

(We tried some years ago to fix the sand at this stage with varnish but it looks not natural...)
So we have to go the hard way:

Step 4:

Protect the XPS board from non acrylic paint.
We put some red Color acryl paint on the surface of the XPs boards because non-Acryl paint would destroy the board where it is not protected.

[Image: WP_20151230_10_45_21_Pro_zpsnievchdk.jpg]

Looks strange, I know...

[Image: WP_20151230_10_51_18_Pro_zpsmmadgkni.jpg]

If you dap the colour on the board in stead of sweeping you can create som texture effect on the board.

[Image: WP_20151230_10_53_00_Pro_zpsnha9cyfn.jpg]

2 hour break to let the red paint dry...
If the acrylic paint is not dry enough it will mix with the non acrylic paint ant the "protection" effect is gone!

Step 5:

Now it is time to fix the sand to board (coating):
We use Chaos black spray from the evil empire to fix the sand to the board.

[Image: WP_20151230_10_58_46_Pro_zpsmip7cmtm.jpg]

So the sand is now completly surrounded by PVA glue and a black varnish. The Varnish reacts with the PVa glue and really create on solid (structured) surface and becomes hard like stone.

[Image: WP_20151230_11_57_41_Pro_zpsvypopw2c.jpg]

Now it is time to wait again...

Working time: 60 minutes

Costs:
2x Chaos black Coating: 27 Euro
Red Paint: 5 Euro

If you want to go for an "outer space board" you would be almoust finished now. Smile

Why red and black paint?
First, it does not matter what colours you use for the undercoating.
But if you use different colours then the finished board will be you see where you are not done yet ^^

Now it is time to let the whole Project rest for some days to give the coating time to become 100% dry.

By the way:
The man you see in the pictures above is Chris. In my opinion a real expert in terrain making!
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12-31-2015 10:58 AM
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Thanks for the "diary" on your progress so far. I am looking forward to the results Smile
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12-31-2015 01:58 PM
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Hell yeah, this is all kinds of awesome!
Looking forward to see what's coming next.

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01-03-2016 01:34 AM
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Really interested to see the next phase of your boards SPY
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01-05-2016 09:25 PM
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"Day 3".

STEP 6: Paint the board / 2nd base coat
We painted the board in 3 base colours: blue (sea), Brown (sand) and dark brown (green area).

[Image: WP_20160104_12_15_10_Pro_zpsf1geexbc.jpg]

STEP 7: Drybrush, drybrush, drybrush, ....
Now it is time to highlight (drybrush) the areas with continous lighter colours...

[Image: WP_20160104_12_20_49_Pro_zps6vriblcv.jpg]

[Image: WP_20160104_12_27_33_Pro_zpsiy4kaakw.jpg]
Sorry, the colours of the picture here are not correct (Don't know why).

This is how the sea loks like (with small"waves"):
[Image: WP_20160104_12_29_54_Pro_zpsdenf1cb9.jpg]

[Image: WP_20160104_13_01_20_Pro_zps1i1itqwp.jpg]

[Image: WP_20160104_14_12_26_Pro_zpsrnduglx1.jpg]

STEP 8: How does it look so far?
The bouard looks already finished now. There is the sea, the sand beach and the jungle base are.
But doeas it work together with the jungle bases Chris has built already? Or are they looking as they are "on the wrong planet?
Some parts are put on the board to check if the colors are working together.

[Image: WP_20160104_14_19_56_Pro_zpsgmev5iyv.jpg]

Most of the parts are looking good. But some (like the tree part in the front / left side) are too light green.
I decided to make the bases of the individual parts which do not mach in a darker green (AFTER the board is finished...).

The result of today:

[Image: WP_20160104_14_12_26_Pro_zpsrnduglx1.jpg]

[Image: WP_20160104_14_19_49_Pro_zpsx9w8cjre.jpg]

Working time: 90 minutes
(But a lot of waiting time in between the color layers...)

Costs:
A 500ml Acrylic paint bottle costs roughly 20 Euro.
I bought 4 , Chris gave me 2 of his paints.
But e.g. for the water we used maybe 60-80ml in total (all 3 colours)
For the sand area about 120ml and for the green area another 150ml.

If you need to buy all colours new you have to spend easely 50 Euro and more. But These bottles I bought are enough for 1 year of building TT boards...

The next step tomorrow will be to clean certain Areas which did not turn out as I expected or where the sand got loose and so on.

This will be the part in board building I do not like actually. You work for hours but only you know the difference... ^^

... to be continued
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01-06-2016 02:15 PM
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01-06-2016 06:04 PM
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RE: Project 2016: "Caribean gaming table"



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"Day 4":

Today I worked on the board again.

"Cleaning up the mess" was the Topic of today.
Basically I just re-painted certain small Areas (where the sand got loose and some White spots appeared or where the cutter went too deep into the board and the grey color was visible, and so on...)

3 hours of painting to improve the overall look of the board by 5% Wink

So if I would make a Picture it would look like the picture from 2 yesterday.

So I bring you something else instead:

How to make a Jungle?

Ok, this one of the most easy (and not so expensive) projects you can make yourself.

What do you need?

- 2-3 colors. The best are some kind of brown (for the "earth" part, and 2 different colours of green (base Color and highlight color).
- Some bases (3-4mm Wood plates, plastic bases, paper bases,...)
- "Green stuff" to represent the Vegetation
[Image: DSC_0167_zpsg3uoyper.jpg]
- Sand
- Small Stones, Foliage material, flock material, ...

How to do it?

1. Cut the bases in shape, cut the edges so you have a ramp on the edge

2. Glue stones on the base. The stones may also be made out of XPS (cut into shape) or some other materials. Paint he stones if necessary.

3. Mix sand and the brown color for your Primary base coating. Then paint the top of the base with it. If there is not enough sand, use a sieve and aply more sand. Do not paint the stones. Then let the base dry.

4. Drybrush the base with the 2 green colors. First the darker one then the lighter one.

5. Drill small holes into the base. Through these holes the green plastic lants will be fixed to the base.

[Image: DSC_0168_zpswt3q13vg.jpg]

6. Place the plants first on the base without glue (to see how it will look like). If you are sattisfied with the rsult glue the plants into the holes.
[Image: DSC_0169_zps8aubkskm.jpg]

Finished! Smile
[Image: DSC_0160_zpsjwimicsn.jpg]

I bought some plam trees to increase the appearance of my sand beach/jungle gaming board. I am not happy yet with the overall apearance of the trees so will do some paint job to improve it.
[Image: DSC_0166_zpsexbznmwm.jpg]

We will see how the board will look like with them.
Here is an example how a finished base with green stuff, Stones and Palm trees will look like.
[Image: DSC_0170_zpsf1gylolg.jpg]

I hope you had fun reading this post! Smile
If you have questions please let me know.
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