Thursday, January 12, 2017

Terrain tiles take shape.

For the base of my tiles I decided to use 1" thick extruded polystyrene. This is stiffer and more solid than the expanded version, and far lighter than MDF or plywood. it sells locally for $15 a sheet which will do 2 tiles with one knife cut.

The carpet is then glued on with No More Nails which doesn't seem to interact with the plastic an any way. The carpet tiles themselves also have residual glue from whatever held them down in their last life, which gives a bit of tack round the edges. I will add some rare earth magnets to help things hold together on the table top.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Roll on 2017

Well, 2016 was not a great year for gaming. I think I've played 4 SH and 1 MSH game, and pretty much nothing else.

Last week while on a visit to the local recycled timber yard (currently shut due to the timber stacks falling over in the Kaikoura earthquake) I came across some green carpet 1' squares cheap-ish. 

I'm not sure when this colour was popular but I manged to get a pile of it during a refurbishment in my University department a few jobs back. This did sterling service under our re-fights of Crete and Sedan.

So, with a 110 squares I figure that there's enough for 20 odd 2' square terrain tiles (including hills etc) so I'll have to start doing some thinking on what sort of terrain that I want. one of the first stops will be my collection of 1:50000 maps of West Germany

"What, doesn't everyone have some?"
I'm also doing some research on the areas of lower Austria, but mostly using Google earth. its not great but does tell you things like typical roof colours. Its a bit of a pain that Germany and Austria have opted out of Streetview.

(Oh and if anyone knows of any good maps of Prussia or Courland C1944-45 I would be interested).