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    Modular Gaming Board Construction Log - Sci-Fi Industrial Necromunda - Inc. Timelapse

    Hello again everyone,

    So I normally post all of my modelling stuff in my All-in-wonder log thread but my new project is so big that I felt it deserved it's own.

    For the last few weeks I have been constructing a modular sci-fi industrial gaming board and recording a timelapse video as I go. I have uploaded the video to youtube and you can see it here:



    Make sure to watch it in 1080p fullscreen for the best effect and to see all of the steps and details. I plan to create three of these, one showing the basic construction of the table, one for the detailing and a final one for the painting. The videos may be some time apart as I don't get a lot of time to work on the board each week but they will come eventually!

    Also in case you don't want to watch the video here are some work in progress shots of the board:








    Finally if you are interested in the steps I took so far and the materials I used I have a quick run down below:

    1) Packed out the basic shape I wanted out of various junk I found around the house.
    2) Cover said junk with expanding foam and spray with water (it helps the foam expand and set)
    3) When dry cut the foam to the required shape
    4) Cover areas you plan to be textured with sand with filler
    5) When filler has dried sand it down
    6) Glue bulkheads around the outside of the channel

    I will update this thread as I finish more on the board even if I haven't yet finished enough for another video. If you have any questions or comments as always I would love to hear them!

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    Re: Modular Gaming Board Construction Log - Sci-Fi Industrial Necromunda - Inc. Timel

    Wow, that's an innovative way to create a board. Looks great so far.

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    Re: Modular Gaming Board Construction Log - Sci-Fi Industrial Necromunda - Inc. Timel

    Looks really good . Is the expanding foam stronger than polystyrene ?

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    Re: Modular Gaming Board Construction Log - Sci-Fi Industrial Necromunda - Inc. Timel

    Good board, but to do it easier you could have done a reverse mould, were you block out the stuff you don't want to be foam they spray the foam then remove the stuff you have blocked out, that way you don't have to spend so much time sanding

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    Re: Modular Gaming Board Construction Log - Sci-Fi Industrial Necromunda - Inc. Timel

    @ Tiny - Thanks! Glad you like it.

    @ architect of war - It is certainly stronger than the beaded polystyrene but is probably the same strength as the pink insulation foam commonly used for terrain.

    @ cpl_hicks - Yea you are probably right, however to be honest the construction was very fluid, I didn't really have a plan when I started and using a mold would mean having a very defined view of what you want the end product to be. If/when I add extra sections to the board I may well try your method.

    So, wow, three months since I worked on this aye. Well I had a bit a of a busy spell at work that caused me to not have any time to game, let alone work on the board but I got a chance to mess around with it this weekend.

    First up I started filling some of the gaps, I am using cheap filler which I then push in some cut up sprue to form debris. I will then cover with sand and rocks to finish before painting:




    Next I worked on something I have wanted to do in my models for a while now, LED lighting. I bought some random flicker orange LED lights from fleebay and wired them into the board. Next I wanted to have the power supply for them to be removable, easily accessible and somewhat hidden so I came up with this:



    Inside is a small plastic box with a screw lid that houses the 9v battery, resistor and on the top is an on/off switch. It is held into place on the board by a pair of magnets and the electrical contact with the board is made by drawing pins. It works perfectly, which to be honest I was quite shocked by.

    Here is the light on the first board:



    I plan for the other sections to have more than one light and maybe even different circuits that can be switched between.
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    Re: Modular Gaming Board Construction Log - Sci-Fi Industrial Necromunda - Inc. Timel

    Wow... absolutely wow... I am in awe! Curious side question why expanding foam as opposed to pink styrofoam?

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    Re: Modular Gaming Board Construction Log - Sci-Fi Industrial Necromunda - Inc. Timel

    Yes I thought that myself, must have been quite messy.

    Also just wondered where you got all those bulkheads from?

    Looks very cool, good job!

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    Nice video, The orange light works perfectly.

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    @ Source4our - I couldn't get any decent amount of pink foam to be honest, plus as I mentioned before it was very much an organic process designing the board and the expanding foam enabled me to work in this such way. Plus I think it may have been a little cheaper. Still glad you like it so far!

    @ Mr Scratch & Sniff - Messy but fun! (All the best things in life are) Also the bullkheads are all casts. So I made a mold and cast them up myself, they are only one sided but are fine for this purpose.

    @ Morglum Necksnapper - Thanks!

    So minor work done tonight, after checking in the test section I did last night I went ahead and chopped up a load more sprues and filled in all the other gaps in the boards:



    I decided to go another route with the top layer and have ordered a bunch of foam core, not sure if my ideas will work yet but like everything I am doing with this board I will work it out as I go along!
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    Re: Modular Gaming Board Construction Log - Sci-Fi Industrial Necromunda - Inc. Timel

    Holy crap. This is amazing.

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    Re: Modular Gaming Board Construction Log - Sci-Fi Industrial Necromunda - Inc. Timel

    Looking great or as my nephew mentioned,"Why does Mr Maker never make anything like that .?"
    ......enough said

    Keep up the good work.Cant wait to see the paint go on.

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    Re: Modular Gaming Board Construction Log - Sci-Fi Industrial Necromunda - Inc. Timel

    That looks great! I'll be following this. I like the ambience you set with those decrepit sunken streets.
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    Re: Modular Gaming Board Construction Log - Sci-Fi Industrial Necromunda - Inc. Timel

    @ Sammun - Thank you very much!

    @ Darkness Screamer - Hehehe cheers, paint will follow but I still have a lot more work to do yet!

    @ Woudschim - Why thank you! Although to tell the truth they are supposed to be canals, however putting a few rat-dog stands or the like down there sounds like it could be a good idea actually!

    So progress is continuing, I sanded the canal sections:




    I have also been a on a little bit of a terrain buying spree, I plan to dirty these up to fit in with Necromunda although I am planning on starting Infinity soon so I want them to fit into both games:



    There is a lot more laser cut scenery to come, I will be building it up a little each day.
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    Re: Modular Gaming Board Construction Log - Sci-Fi Industrial Necromunda - Inc. Timel

    Sweet!! Do a Timelapse of the painting of the table too!! :P
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    Re: Modular Gaming Board Construction Log - Sci-Fi Industrial Necromunda - Inc. Timel

    Very nice work!
    I'm afraid I will steal some of your ideas!

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    @ Daniel36 - I will try, the plan was to do multiple timelapses, showing each step however I haven't had the time to work on it for hours like I did when I started so the videos would have turned out very fragmented. That said I would like to do one of the painting if I can.

    @ le Mediko - Be my guest, I doubt I am the first person to do anything I have done here anyway!

    Work has continued however it doesn't make for very good pictures, I have sealed all of the sand so that it won't blow away or chip however it pretty much looks the same as it did before, only a bit glossier. Over the weekend I plan to start work on the top of the table so that should provide some more interesting updates but until then I have continued building laser cut terrain and did a quick set up using some of the pieces I have made so far:





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    Re: Modular Gaming Board Construction Log - Sci-Fi Industrial Necromunda - Inc. Timel

    Looking good. Also, creative use of the lazer cut scenery. Where did you get it from?

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    Re: Modular Gaming Board Construction Log - Sci-Fi Industrial Necromunda - Inc. Timel

    Very impressive so far. +1000 hobby points. Kudos!
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    Re: Modular Gaming Board Construction Log - Sci-Fi Industrial Necromunda - Inc. Timel

    The laser cut parts look really imperial-y! Where you inspired by the PC-game Dawn of War? Or anythin else? Really cool btw

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    Re: Modular Gaming Board Construction Log - Sci-Fi Industrial Necromunda - Inc. Timel

    awesome
    can't wait for some more
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