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Lord Maelstrom
03-10-2007, 12:33
Hey guys,

I'm looking through a timber merchant brochure for a suitable board for my 40k battles... the standard size they do is 8x4 foot, which I'd say is acceptable, but what material should I be going for? I mean obviously there's no stapled necessity material for a gaming board, but what would any of you recommend? At the moment I'm looking at 22mm thick MDF...

pookie
03-10-2007, 13:02
MDF is fine, you really shouldnt need any more than that maybe a bit thicker tho.

Brother Loki
03-10-2007, 13:07
22mm MDF will be really really heavy at that sort of size. Depending on where you're likely to be setting up and storing it, you might be better off with thinnner - say 12-15mm.

Zanzibarthefirst
03-10-2007, 13:09
would ti not be possilbe to split the board into 2 4*4 boards. That way it will be lighter and should be more portable

Gwedd
03-10-2007, 13:12
Comrade,

22mm will do fine, HOWEVER, you will also want to get some 1" X 4" pine board to frame the MDF board with. Use small finishing nails and some wood glue to attach it to the underside of the MDF piece. That way you won't have to worry about warping of your playing surface. 4@ 8-foot pieces of 1X4 is all you would need, and, quite likely, you could get by with 1X3 as well.

Respects,

Vic
03-10-2007, 16:53
I'm using 8' 1x2" framing pieces of pine on a 3/4" thick particle board for my 8x4' table. The framing pieces are attached with wood screws and liquid nails and mounted lengthwise (think of if like an "L" shape, the framing pieces being the "l" in the "L". I also created a 2' leaf, that way my table is 8x6'. The table top itself is mounted onto an 6x4 banquet table and is quite heavy and very rigid, but I have a room in the basement specifically for gaming, so I am not envisioning having to move it any time soon.

Culven
03-10-2007, 17:15
22mm MDF? :eek: That is going to weigh quite a bit.

My store uses 1/4" (6mm) plywood attached to a 1x3 wood frame to make their tabletops. This reduces the weight and makes them rigid. For my table at home, I have three 2'x4'x1/4" pieces of MDF which I set on top of two 34"x34" tables.

Grazzy
03-10-2007, 17:20
Does anyone use polystyrene? You can cut in trenches and rivers, but i suppose you have to fight on the same battlefield all of the time. It weighs almost nothing but is vulnerable.

trigger
03-10-2007, 17:28
my bf is 8x4 12mm mdf and it dose fine
22mm is gunna weigh a ton

trigger
03-10-2007, 17:30
Does anyone use polystyrene? You can cut in trenches and rivers, but i suppose you have to fight on the same battlefield all of the time. It weighs almost nothing but is vulnerable.

i use loft insulation boards there a bit more hardy (selotex i think its called)

ChaosMaster
03-10-2007, 17:31
I used four 4'X2' sheets of MDF, 0.75" thick to build my 8'X4' game table last year. I textured and painted the boards and being only 4'X2', they are relatively easy to move and store. They are heavy and sturdy. You can see pictures of it in the link in my signature to my Cadian army.

Vic
03-10-2007, 17:41
The table can be flat, and you can make modular terrain using insulation styrofoam as trigger suggested. I myself use the table, then cloth sheets that are light green, dark green, sand, black and white/blue for snow fields. then just place terrain features on top to make it textured.