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Modular lava/ashwastes board(upgrade: flippable!)

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:38 pm 
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This is a modular board I've been planning to do for some time now. The modules are made from foam plates brimmed with wood to stabilize it. I had already cut the lava streams into two of the modules, but had not had the time to paint them or cut the third one until now. I added the minis for scale.

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This is but the first stage as I'm planning to make it flippable with a brown/grass flocked on the other side without any rivers or other big features. Both sides can then be augmented with variable terrain stuff like hills, craters, bunkers, buildings, and what not. Now they are somewhat raw, maybe I add some pics with more stuff on the boards later on in the thread.

The size of one panel is 124cm x 62cm (that's a bit more than 2ft x 4 ft), so it should make a fine board for W40k. Its variability should make it suitable for most tabletop games, though.

So, what do you think of it?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:20 pm 
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That looks bad ass. I was working on a Blood Bowl pitch using a similar concept. Think yours worked out better though.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:02 am 
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im thinking that i want one! my board is plain. this one looks ace!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:25 pm 
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Before making the boards flippable I decided they needed some kind of connection. So I'm incorporating rare earth magnets 10mm x 1mm, 12 magnets per board. At 600g per magnet, this should keep the boards together.
I simply drilled with a 10mm drill into the framewood then glued the magnets in with PVA glue and filled the hole again with PVA. I'm thinking of covering the holes with duct tape. I will take some pics in the next days and post them.

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That may or may not be a good idea. It seems like it would be a nightmare figuring out the positive negative of each magnet in each location especially when you start twisting and turning the boards so different sides face each other.

For example, board A on the left side has negative facing in, and board B has positive facing out on the right side. Which of course works until you want to turn board B's left side, but then the magnets on that side have to have positive out, but not all the boards can have positive out....erg...I think my brain just exploded :(


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:40 am 
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I had positioned the magnets in the following pattern: 2 on the short sides and 4 on the long ones. I set them up in pairs, so the left ones in a pair were plus while the right ones minus. On the long side it would therefore be + - + - . The boards were set up all the same, so It would have worked easiliy. Only if the boards were flipped the magnets would push each other away...

Unfortunately the magnets aren't strong enough and do not provide the effect I was looking for in stabilizing the boards when put together. Either I replace them with stronger magnets or retrieve them alltogether and leave the boards as is. But it already took me time and money, what a waste. :(

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yeh i got magnets for my necron triarch stalkers, in the end i had to pin them too and the magnets were redundant.
perhaps something like dowel sticks that pin the boards together will work?

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McCragge wrote:
That may or may not be a good idea. It seems like it would be a nightmare figuring out the positive negative of each magnet in each location especially when you start twisting and turning the boards so different sides face each other.

Leave it to science to screw up a great idea. Didn't even think of that.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:52 am 
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Well, the Magnets won't come off, maybe I glued them a bit too good... I will have to leave them where they are.

I finished the undersides of my boards, so now I have two different gametable styles with only three boards.

Here you are:

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This is the underside of the lava/ashwastes boards. I opted for a plain with some grass and some rock in it to enhance the looks. At first I wanted to cover the boards with sand but abandonded the idea when I thought of the sand filing down on my paintjob on the lava-sides of the boards.

For comparison I flipped the right board:

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I hope you enjoy. I can't wait to play my first games on them beauties. 8)

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Excellent ! love the ash waste side.

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Cool!
Good job with the lava effect!

I've done a couple of those in the past, with "grass and dirt roads" on one side for Fantasy/Medieval, and "black-greyish" finish on the other to use for Necromunda/40k/Battlefleet.


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Wow! Great job there! Board looks really cool on both sides.

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