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zrunelord04 Apr 2017 6:47 a.m. PST

Hello again all,

I have been experimenting with gaming boards for quite some time.The idea is to have Portability,Strength, Beauty, Versatility & easy Storage.

So here are the boards The 1st 4 are double sided 5mm 4 ft x 3ft Foam board & the rest are either cloth or canvas. For the former I printed A3's ( difficult to avoid wrinkles ) & stuck them together & I hand painted the latter .





Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2017 6:53 a.m. PST

Wow, nice work!

Terrement Inactive Member04 Apr 2017 7:17 a.m. PST


TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2017 8:25 a.m. PST

As in stretched canvas-on-frames? I'd have thought they'd sag more.

The images I can make out suggest a small effort darkening the sides of the boards would make the seams less noticeable, but as the man said, difficult to tell from the piccies…

However, 'hear, hear' for the nice work!

Can hardly wait to see in an AAR. Of course, we'll want to hear how they 'hold up.' ;->=


WarWizard04 Apr 2017 9:00 a.m. PST


zrunelord04 Apr 2017 10:18 a.m. PST

Thanks all for the kind words.Glad you like them :):):)

I may have not explained well.
Canvas stretched on a wooden frame is not good for gaming boards as it has too much "spring" to play on (even when one wets it & leaves it to dry taut like a drum skin). No the canvas ( The Beach + sea one ) I used is painted on with acrylics & rolled. As is the cloth ( Arid Brown one ).

The boards ( Mars,Grass, Hex & Snow )are made of 4 pieces of 5mm foamboard stuck together with black duct tape in such a way as to be folded into one ( so basically a 4x3 board will become a 2 x 1.5 one ). I used both sides so as to have versatility. All A3 where stuck with watered down PVA using a foam roller brush. This is quick & efficient.

Unfortunately even using the roller will not eliminate tears or wrinkles. Wrinkles can be ironed out for a nice effect though.

Obviously the joints will always be visible.Blackening the white board will have little effect as the boards open/close shut.Seams are also visible on machine manufactured boards ( like monopoly ) so this isn't a problem.

Yes Beast I will do an AAR, so much to do so little time :):):) ( the Mars Pics show a setup where an Grey Alien Science group are running to their starship to escape the creatures coming from the rear, Whilst their hard suits fight a rear guard action.)

Foamboard is strong,cheap & light( & if you can get someone to sew a cloth carry bag for them, then even better ). Using both sides makes a lot of sense. Printing the full colour A3's is down right cheap( next time I'll go for A2's but they will be difficult to glue well, remember all this is done by hand)

Hope this helps to answer your questions.


JSchutt04 Apr 2017 5:40 p.m. PST

Prime regular painters canvas/duck with gesso. Paint whatever you want on it then do the other side…roll it up and put it in a tube. Use a 6"-8" dial thin wall pvc or cardboard tube.

Canvas is readily available in widths far in excess of normal fabric bolts.

zrunelord06 Apr 2017 6:27 a.m. PST

Spot on JSchutt,
Just to add some more points.

My Fav one is the Beach scene. I would strongly recommend a wet on wet painting technique. This should yield better blending results.
You can also airbrush it also with very good results.

Canvas,I must add that it is susceptible to silverfish ( i.e. being eaten by insects like paper books) & also to mildew, so be careful where you store them.


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