View Full Version : Norminator's Battle Board

05-02-2006, 13:46
Though I'd post up a project which I've wanted to get started for a while but have only just commenced.:D

I've started building a 6'x4' board, starting with the first 2'x4' section. At the moment it's still in it's infancy, but I might as well show you the progress so far. :rolleyes:

The plan is to build the board section by section, with styrofoam and polyfiller. The road (the poly filled section in the middle) will run up to the second board, where it will reach an outpost (I haven't decided what exactly this will consist of; I'll work that out when I get to it). On the other two board there will also be a river.

The section I've done so far has a road, several craters, some raised ground (note: this will be sculpted more, it won't be as jutting out when finished) and a swamp (the lowered section, which unfortunately isn't to clear in the pictures).

Any ideas are welcomed, as well as constructive criticism.





The right side of the board. The black paint was just to see how well the spray would adhere to the polyfiller/styrofoam. This picture has several craters and the swamp section.


The left hand side of the board, with the beginnings of a hill.


The centre of the board, with the road (notice the tank tracks in it).


An overview of the entire board.


As above, but more of an aerial overview.


With a dreadnought for a size comparison.

Edit: Sorry about the image size.

Hideous Loon
05-02-2006, 14:51
Oh. My. Word. That's one cool gaming board you've got there, alright! And yes, the images are a tad too large.

05-02-2006, 15:29
Well, what can I fault? The images are a bit big :p.

Very cool board there, I love the road, and the rough undulating ground is top-notch.

Keep up the great work.


05-02-2006, 16:05
Thanks for the comments so far!

The next step is to try and level the hills out a bit, and then put a bit more polyfiller on (I've used up one pot already!).

05-02-2006, 16:14
Very cool, nice work so far. That big hole made by spray paint is deliberate isn't it?

05-02-2006, 16:19
Nice board!!! (Dreadnought is nice as well!) Be really good to see that painted with the other sections when they are done, keep up the good work and you will have a board to be proud of there.

05-02-2006, 17:35
Very cool, nice work so far. That big hole made by spray paint is deliberate isn't it?

Yes, the hole is a crater.

05-02-2006, 19:28
Looking good ,will look cool once its painted ,what colours are you going for ?

06-02-2006, 08:39
I'm not entirely sure yet. On other pieces of terrain I've drybrushed scorched brown over a chaos black undercoat, with a little bleached bone on top. Of course, I've never tried it on something so large before, so I don't know how well it will turn out. Either way, I'll be flocking it with sand and then static grass after painting it.

06-02-2006, 10:35
sounds good ,i uses textured paint for the house on my board i tryed to match up the colours to the same as my minis the best i could :)
Thats a old picture ive still got a lot of work to do on my board

06-02-2006, 11:23
That's the sort of colours that I'm aiming for. I was actually going to have a go at mimicing that bridge of yours on my second board, if you don't mind.

Edit: Aargh! The cursed post! (No.666)

Anvils Hammer
06-02-2006, 11:28
looks nice so far, though im not sure how wise it is to make one board, then the next, etc, it makes ti harder to get things consistant in my experiance.

for the drybrushing, add a lyer of graveyard earth in between scorched brown and bleached bone. it looks better in my experiance.

06-02-2006, 11:32
Thanks for the painting tip Anvil, I'll bear it in mind.

I did want to do several boards at once, but at the moment I can only afford to buy enough wood/styrofoam for one 2x4 section. I may resort to pulling the grass mat off 2 other 2x4 sections I have in the garage if I finish this and can't get any more :s.

09-04-2006, 11:24
Right, update at last.

School work (damn I hate coursework) has got in the way of a lot of modelling recently (not only the board, but painting as well) but things have started to get back on track. I have finished the construction of the 1st board (more polyfiller) and painted it with textured masonry paint (made by mixing normal paint and sand together).

I've also bought another 2'x4' piece of wood to start on the second board. The idea for this one is that the road will narrow and go up some rising ground to some sort of strongpoint. I've made a building out of foamboard for this, but haven't started painting it yet.

I hope to get some photos within the next week.

12-04-2006, 17:54
Right, pictures.

As you probably have already noticed, I'm not that good at taking photos, but I hope from these you can see what I've done.

All linked due to image size (couldn't be arsed to resize them TBH :P).

First up, overview of the board. (http://s12.photobucket.com/albums/a250/Norminator/Gaming%20Board/?action=view&current=DSC01479.jpg) You can see the road has been textured into the sides, as have the craters into the main board.

Next, the swamp and craters. (http://s12.photobucket.com/albums/a250/Norminator/Gaming%20Board/?action=view&current=DSC01482.jpg) Here you can see the swamp (which will be painted and covered with yacht varnish when I finish it), and the numerous craters and scars in the landscape.

Just a shot looking up the road. (http://s12.photobucket.com/albums/a250/Norminator/Gaming%20Board/?action=view&current=DSC01480.jpg)

This is of the highlands. (http://s12.photobucket.com/albums/a250/Norminator/Gaming%20Board/?action=view&current=DSC01481.jpg) I am really, really pleased with how these have turned out. By constantly dipping my trowel/spreader (I don't know the exact term :( ) in water, I managed to get quite a smooth and natural looking appearence to the hill and craters.

Just a shot of the board lengthwise. (http://s12.photobucket.com/albums/a250/Norminator/Gaming%20Board/?action=view&current=DSC01483.jpg)

A birds-eye view of the road, swamp and a few craters (http://s12.photobucket.com/albums/a250/Norminator/Gaming%20Board/?action=view&current=DSC01484.jpg). This shows the terrain levels a bit better.

A low level shot towards the highlands. (http://s12.photobucket.com/albums/a250/Norminator/Gaming%20Board/?action=view&current=DSC01485.jpg)

For scale, a couple of Tetras coming up the road (http://s12.photobucket.com/albums/a250/Norminator/Gaming%20Board/?action=view&current=DSC01486.jpg) and a bit closer up. (http://s12.photobucket.com/albums/a250/Norminator/Gaming%20Board/?action=view&current=DSC01487.jpg)

The paint was basic black masonry paint with some normal sand (got off a building site) mixed into it.

Comments and (constructive) criticism are welcome, especially tips on the second board which I'm soon to start!

Edit: Sorry Mods for the triple post, but I felt that they all deserved posts rather than updates, which no one would read due to the thread being so old.

18-04-2006, 17:48
great board

19-04-2006, 03:58
Started on the second board; cut out the basic shape, and I've cut out and bevelled the river.