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Xintao Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2017 7:37 a.m. PST

I'm back again detailing the build of our table for Historicon. This time it's Aspern-Essling.


2 inch thick 4 feet by 6 feet green insulation


Laying out the terrain features.


My Dewalt router is great for carving the Danube.


Carving out the river banks and islands of the Danube.


Waiting for Spackle to dry….

More picture and a detailed write up on my blog:

Cheers, Xin/Jeff

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2017 8:03 a.m. PST

Wow! That's gonna be great looking!

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2017 8:14 a.m. PST

I'm looking forward to seeing the game.


TSD10102 Jun 2017 8:54 a.m. PST

I'm curious Xin, what do you do with your old boards after the convention? That is a considerable amount of storage space they take up when you're making new ones every convention.

Xintao Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2017 9:22 a.m. PST

I am fortunate enough to have a full basement and the wife doesn't contest my complete control over it. Well I can't stack terrain on the washer and dryer.

I have a crawl space under an addition on my house. I don't have anything in there, so that's where we stored the boards that were 2 feet wide. With the Eylau board we went to a 4 wide board so right now it is stacked against the wall behind the shelving.

We will run the games a few times, then frankly they get trashed. We will recycle things from them like buildings and trees and such. Also the foam boards can be recycled back into other projects.


Eylau boards stacked behind my frostgrave boards.

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2017 10:03 a.m. PST

This is going to be so cool. Love your builds!

grecian195902 Jun 2017 10:57 a.m. PST

Now that looks just great even at this early stage

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2017 12:05 p.m. PST

Isn't there a lot insulation dust from the router? How do you control/clean that up?

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2017 12:08 p.m. PST

Ok, I just read your website.

Shark Six Three Zero Inactive Member02 Jun 2017 1:05 p.m. PST

Very nice, what scale are you working in.

wrgmr102 Jun 2017 1:14 p.m. PST

Wonderful work, please keep us updated.

General Burkhalter Inactive Member02 Jun 2017 1:31 p.m. PST

Have you ever tried to sell the boards? I would think people would be willing to pay good money for work like this.

Markconz02 Jun 2017 2:21 p.m. PST


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2017 11:14 p.m. PST

Amazing board. Can't wait to see what you do next.


HobbyDr03 Jun 2017 6:30 a.m. PST

Wow, another great battle board, looking forward to this one. Can't wait to see what you can do with green this time, instead of ice. Do you have all the building models already, or will you be scratch-building them? (I seen to recall a church and cemetery played a prominent role.) Wish I'd gone with 10mm instead of the AB 18mm, it just looks 'right.'


bobspruster03 Jun 2017 2:18 p.m. PST

I wondered if using my router was an option or not, good to know it is. Would like to know how exactly the vac was attached to the router (together they must make a hell of a lot of noise).

Xintao Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2017 6:52 p.m. PST

I'll take a pic of my shop vac setup

bobspruster04 Jun 2017 4:54 a.m. PST

Cool, thanks!

Nine pound round Inactive Member15 Jun 2017 7:04 p.m. PST

Thanks for sharing, always enjoy seeing these. My favorite so far was Rivoli, but that's more a reflection of my preference for rolling terrain than a comment on your craftsmanship, which is always impressive.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Jun 2017 3:55 a.m. PST

Your Eylau and Austerlitz boards were fantastic. I'll be interested in seeing this board since it won't be 'winter' like the other two.

Brothers In Arms Studio Inactive Member21 Jun 2017 9:56 a.m. PST

Nice work Xin. We are also building Aspern Essling battlefield in 15mm for a private game this year. Good to see someone else doing this great battle.

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