Instead, I nicked an idea from the excellent Realm of Chaos 80s blog and used two cork pin boards as a base. These were bought at IKEA and cost 40 SEK (roughly £3.50) each. They measure some 40 cm by 60 cm, giving a total playing area of about 80x60 cm – perfect for some quick games on the kitchen table.
|VÄGGIS pin board from IKEA.
Not very exciting, but cheap and sturdy.
|The edges of the foam board
were chamfered to fit the frames.
|The sand glued in place.
When the undercoat/wash was dry I did some drybrushing, mixing in some light tan into the original brown. I kept the drybrushing very light, as I wanted a dark, earthy look, like a forest floor. However, after the drybrushing it still looked a bit too bright, so I did a new wash to tone it down.
Happy with this look it was now on to the flocking.
|The painted boards.
|First coat of flock added.
I had originally planned to stop here, as I wanted the boards to be able to handle some rough going – kids you know! However, looking over the boards I couldn't help thinking they looked a bit flat and uninteresting. So after rummaging through my stash of basing materials, I found some coarse turf that also went on the boards. Satisfied with this new look, all that was left was another coat of water-glue mix to fix it all down, and to paint the edges black to tidy it all up.
|The finished boards with some lighter flock
and coarse turf added.
|Close-up of the surface.
|Some models to show the scale.
|I couldn't resist setting up some terrain.
|That's more like it – a proper mystical forest to explore!
We haven't had a chance to try out the boards yet, but hopefully it won't be too long!