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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 5:41 am 
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I am thinking about ordering some of these for X-mas this year for myself.

Has anyone dealt with these folks before?

http://www.battleboards.co.uk/

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:12 am 
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The website looks pretty slick, but the terrain itself isn't exactly impressing me. Is this stuff factory made from molds or do they hand make everything?

I like the urban buildings featured in a few photos, but they don't picture what is for sale with regard to the urban stuff. Will the stuff you buy look that good?

Also, they have a wall of sandbags featured in pictures of the arctic terrain, but they look like a GW sandbag wall. Is it theirs or GW's? The caption at the bottom of that photo only confuses things by saying, "All figures depicted in the photographs are for demonstration purposes only and are copyright of their respective owners." So are they only selling one styrofoam hill and a white snow matt?

I think that a lot of companies have great products but crappy websites, these guys seem to have gotten that reversed some how.


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According to the online shop pages, each piece is individually sculpted, so, as they put it 'no two pieces are the same'.

They also do not show any close up shots of terrain pieces on the store pages, rather they show artists impressions. I would like to get a close up look of some rather than the dynamic shots they have on the front-end of the site.

Hopefully, someone has tried them out and can give you an actual report, but as a tester you could always order the cheapest piece and see what it's like. That way, if its (&#$@!), you are not too out of pocket.

As Truckler says though, nice looking site

EDIT: Just read that they charge a flat rate of £12 for all deliveries

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Truckler-

Actually, they sell boards. Hence the name, "Battleboards".

Granted, there picture are open to interpretation, and the website can be a bit confusing.

The website is for BOARDS ONLY.

If you click on the "Online Store" link and go to "Product Details", granted not entirely intuitive, you'll see that it's the Urban board on one side and the "War Torn" board on the other.

http://www.battleboards.co.uk/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=24&category_id=3&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=2

However, to pick up 4 boards to make a 4 x 4 table, costs roughly $200 here in the USA. (85 Quid ~ $170)

Honestly, I thought they looked nice and would be good reference.

I have it on good authority, that these are made by a former GW terrain designer, that has started up his own firm and that these tables are solid. They have been used at "Salute" I believe.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:29 am 
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I thought the boards looked nice. But at that price, they can go spin on it. I can make it at home for nothing. All I need is one small aubergine....


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I'd guess that's pink/blue insulation foam with a nice paint job or flock, depending on the style. Certain styles appear to have some features cut into the board. Have to add your own terrain features, but nice looking.

Being double sided is a very nice feature, but with no solid backing, could potentially break if not handled properly.

It cost me about $100.00 to make a 4x8 modular ash waste board. Mine has an MDF backing, but is only one sided. $200.00 for two 4x4 boards isn't bad.

If you've got the cash, but not the time, this could be a handy way to go. Especially if you already have alot of your own terrain features.


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Those are sweet.

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It's not for boards only, they have some hills here as well: http://www.battleboards.co.uk/index.php ... t&Itemid=2

Either way, not a chance i'm buying any. Foam + sand + paint. Whoop-de-doo.

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Dr_Remulack wrote:
Truckler-

Actually, they sell boards. Hence the name, "Battleboards".

Granted, there picture are open to interpretation, and the website can be a bit confusing.

The website is for BOARDS ONLY.


Clearly I was not paying attention. I just assumed that they sold terrain.

I don't get it though. I mean, why pay money for a board? Judging from the website people apparently do buy boards, but it just seems like the simplest and cheapest thing to make yourself. I would sooner pay money for dirt than buy a flat featureless gaming board.

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The above "battleboard" is a 4 foot x 4 foot square when unfolded. It folds in half to a 2 foot x 4 foot size. Its made from 1.25" insulation foam, each piece only cost $5 bucks! The side you see is desert and the other side was going to be gray for urban/necromunda terrain, but I never got around to finishing it.

That's my idea of an excellent gaming board. I've also seen ones made the same way that fold out into 4x6 foot or even 4x8 foot sizes. The edges are bound with duct tape which also forms the "hinge" for the board. The larger boards have multiple hinges and fold up like those matts in gym class. /\/\/


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Read above posts and was given 4 boards for a birthday present. My parents contacted the company and asked for a grassy side for my LOTR and an urban side for Warhammer 40k. I have been making my own boards but I must admit this stuff was really cool.

My urban gear came with road markings and radiation symbols and the grass was flocked with some dips in here and there. The hills were exceptionally cool! I noticed the hills were yellow poly and seemed quite tough like the blue stuff.

Has anyone else asked for a custom made board or even bought one of these yet?


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My urban gear came with road markings and radiation symbols


Any chance of seeing pics?


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Sure I'll see what I can do, away with the folks for a couple of days but should be able to do it when I come back.


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I'd be pretty happy to get those as a present but there's no way I'd spend £80 on something anyone could make in a couple of evenings for less than £5. My friend made a necromuda board using two sheets of MDF with the top sheet gouged out in places and filled with pipework and girders to make it look like the floor has partially been blasted apart or just collapsed revealing the structure underneath, I think what they've made is a bit embarrassingly unambitious.


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Waste of money. Just buy some cheap chipboard and add hinges so it can be stored easily. Simple.


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