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01-05-2006, 02:32
Myself and a friend of mine "Nightbringer115" this weekend since the weather has started to warm up, getting to do the Garage Project.
we finally get to work on our Game table.

Its based sorta like a badlands rocky type of world, it has a 4 bridges, stone quarry mining pit, a small mine shaft, a crystal field, mining yard, mining town, and water and wastewater treatment facilities.

stuff will be shipped out via roads or waterway located at the lake edge in the corner of the board

we are going to probly add a couple bunkers as well.

we have been taking pics from start to current and plan to till finish and i think we are between 25 -33% done in 1 weekend alone.

here are some pics:
Pink foam is a mix of 1" and 3/4" mostly 1"
Blue Foam is all 2"
that sheet of wood is something i brought home that had an asesome rock looking finish on it but, didnt have a way of getting masonite to his house this weekend so we used that. oh and those are 2"X3" battons, they were a dime cheaper each and straighter than 2"x2" lumber
there is a rough sketch that you probly cant see with a paint marker of our river"s".

more posting to follow

01-05-2006, 02:35
Here are some pics of rough assembly:

ask andy questions if interested.

01-05-2006, 02:47
the bridge posted is called a high water bridge, they can be found out in the country, alot of times leading to well locations here in WV. when the water is up it just flows over the bridge, but since all the bridge is made of is culvurt (sp?) pipe, stone, junk chunks of concrete and concrete rough finished over it cant damage the bridge and it seemed a fitting addition, a area to drive through the river was originally intended.
the stone quarry, the sides have been drilled and blasted, the craters will be partially filled with gravel then water effects put in here.
the wall is a flood wall (not finished yet) and is higher than the other bank to keep the quarry dry.
i think we forgot about a pump station that is supposed to go in there top drain the quarry, but it may not make the final cut for lack of room
here is where the 2 rivers combine, the water flows from the lake to the high water bridge. the rivers will be wide enough for rhino sized vehicles to fit, and maybe a russ, the main part of the river will fit a LR but not the 2 smaller setions and this is on purpose, also i doubt a DE Raider will fit in the smaller setions either due to the top fins.

more pics yet

01-05-2006, 02:52
Lake edge, there will be a dock, and so far we have 2-3 ways we are going to load and unload barges here. pending on what we can find this week to use.
Bridges added, but not finished yet. these are removeable so you can blow them up.
walk bridge in the back, on the empty end there wil be a gate house.

a few more pics left.

Puffin Magician
01-05-2006, 02:54
Well you sure are using a lot of sheetfoam [why not build up terrain with cardboard or wood, then use foam on the edges?] and working late into the night.

I like the low water bridge; it adds some low-tech realism and saves considerable time that would otherwise be spent designing and building a normal deck/truss bridge.

Your water pump can be located more in the river than on the land to save space, simple hoses strewn about the quarry convey the idea and get some little details onto the board. The stone quarry makes me want to play Marble Madness (http://www.bodenstaendig.de/marble/level1.gif) and the board itself reminds me of cotton candy. :(

The barge loading section sounds like a great idea, and the removeable bridges are certainly clever.

Looking forward to updates!

01-05-2006, 02:56
another view

thats the last of the pictures for this weekend.
any comments and questions would be appreciated.


01-05-2006, 03:06
Well you sure are using a lot of sheetfoam [why not build up terrain with cardboard or wood, then use foam on the edges?] and working late into the night.

we worked late sat night and about 6 hrs on it today. about 9 - 10hrs total probly
and the foam was pretty cheap, the blue was free, i am a plumber and i can usually get the 2" stuff off the masons or the roofers. and the 1", we recently had some high winds so i went to a place wherer they stored thier foam outside and asked hom much for screwed up sheets, i bought 5 sheets for 50% off, 6.00 each.
so i have about $30.00 in about 9" of 4x8 foam

and the foam keeps it light, the work so far the board is at least close to if not over 60 lbs, that board i didnt want to use is extremely heavy.

I like the low water bridge; it adds some low-tech realism and saves considerable time that would otherwise be spent designing and building a normal deck/truss bridge.

we have 3 other steel and concrete bridges going in as well.

Your water pump can be located more in the river than on the land to save space, simple hoses strewn about the quarry convey the idea and get some little details onto the board.

i think i am going to carve a square pit out to get a pump line in and some pipe put in, thats if we dont forget.

and this will probly all be a brownish color for the land so it wont be cotten candy after 2 more weekends, i wont get to work on it as much next weekend, plus we have to pour some plaster block, rock, and wall molds before we do much of the buildings.


01-05-2006, 04:33
Very cool so far. I hope to see the progress.

01-05-2006, 04:41

<saves pics for future reference>;)

01-05-2006, 05:54
You guys are churning that thing out. Looks good so far, like the idea of the culvert bridge I might have to borrow that. Wish I could hang out and help, I love building tables and scenery.

01-05-2006, 07:15
We are seeing some really excellent custom gaming boards here at the moment. Keep up the good work!


01-05-2006, 12:22
Really nice idea. Besure to drink alot of Coffee for the Caffinne and for the cans.

01-05-2006, 12:39
Awesome job man!! Between you and Anvil I'm getting some wicked ideas for when I finally get around to making a board. As for cans BLAH! He is a plumber he can get pvc for pipes and such, one idea I can think of Steve, is some of the pvc quick connects for fixing broken lines. Ive seen a couple of different designs of those and both would look cool for towers on your pump station.

01-05-2006, 14:14
the reason the foam shaped out so fast, and you "CANNOT" do it indoors is i took a 4" grinder and a wire wheel too it. i had almost 1" of foam fuzz all over my arms not to mention other places. then my buddy took a sander and smoothed it out.
i have a electric foam cutter, but you can only use it in so many places, i was supposed to borrow a better type www.hotwirefoamfactory.com my local store has one but it was out on loan, so we did without. edit: we did get to use it some.

i have some cans and yes there is going to be plenty of pipe on it, thats the reason i wanted the water and waste water treatment facilities, and more terrain is always better.

the compression "quick connect" fittings are too big of scale for any size pipe to be used in terrain.
better to use CPVC pipe and copper fittings, copper fittings are thin walled but cost more than CPVC and CPVC is the same outside diameter than copper and cheaper than the pipe.


01-05-2006, 14:43
Do you have any problems with melting with a grinder? I have a grinder also but have never even thought of using it to shape foam with. Also what type of wheel? Flat or the cone one?

01-05-2006, 21:16
nope, not at all, i used a Dewalt 4 1/2" grinder with a Stainless Flat wire wheel (twisted wire), have used an elcheapo china made grinder i had lying around the house before and also a Metabo grinder i have, all same results.

it works great.

the cone style should work as well, but would be used different.

also if you could mount te grinder in a vise, it should be a great way to shape hills and so on. just remember it makes an extreme mess.


02-05-2006, 02:44
Yeah I imagine. I've run foamboard through my tablesaw, even with a dust collector there's still a lot of floaties all over.

02-05-2006, 08:51

<saves pics for future reference>;)
Same for me. Thanks for alternating blue/pink foam, makes it
easier to comprehend the terrian shape. EXCELLENT JOB!!!

Keep us posted,

02-05-2006, 17:41
that was an afterthought. about when the 2nd or 3rd layer was on and sorta kept up with it in most places, i figured it would sho elevations better and give more of a real idea on how it big it is.


02-05-2006, 17:54
This looks really cool - I'll be watching the thread with great interest...

02-05-2006, 18:00

<bans Getz from Thread before he gets:p any more ideas that put our feeble skills to shame:(>


02-05-2006, 18:05
Flatterer ;)

Well, I've got this River crossing table in my head - it'll be 9X6 and the center piece will be an Arnhem style Grider bridge spanning an Industrial Canal... I'm Planning on making it modular so the central 3X6 section can butt up against Urban or extra-urban (not quite fully rural, in other words) terrain...

02-05-2006, 18:12

:cries: Too late:eek: he's gone and done it now.:eek:

<waits for pics>:D

Anvils Hammer
02-05-2006, 18:19
this board is looking great, good use of hirstarts bricks as well.

how much cover is there on the board? are you going to add buildings to the flat areas??

I wish I had a pile of foam board and a garage... :(

02-05-2006, 19:13
I wish I had a pile of foam board and a garage... :(
Me too. All I have is a 12ft square bedroom...

I should be starting my 3x2ft Combat Patrol-sized "Necron Tomb" board soon.
(That's as soon as I can afford 12 FW pillars... D'oh!)

Ho hum... keep us posted.

How are you going to distinctly show that it's a mining colony, rather than a bunch of rocks and hills?

*edit begins*
BTW, "culvert" might be the spelling that you look for... (Post #3)
*edit ends*

02-05-2006, 19:18
These should help:



02-05-2006, 21:13
sorry to sound like an idiot but this board is awesomeness, cant wait to see some arcitectural work done on the buildings and what not.


02-05-2006, 23:41
yes we plan on putting in a water treatment plant and a sewer plant along with a small town a water tower and some bunkers and probably scratch build a crane since we can't find one that suits our needs. We may even pick up some small toy dozers and stuff for terrain.

02-05-2006, 23:44
<is *SO* looking forward to buying a house next year to get all that room>

03-05-2006, 01:30
ok here these pics might give you some ideas of ideas that me and Nightbringer has.
i forgot to mark it out but straight up above the larger of the 2 guard (purple boxes) shacks and across the river on each the left and right side of the bridge will the the tanks for the waste water treatment facility

we want a crane for this something like the cranes used in ship yards where the operator is in the top. looks like since we cant seem to find toy cranes we will be scratch building them. its to move the block from the bottom of the quarry to the top.

we want another of the same styled crane here just off the dock for loading and unloading barges, the water treatment facility we are putting a water tower in. for an even higher elevation.


03-05-2006, 01:33
Just make sure it doesn't get too *busy* to play games on.;)

03-05-2006, 01:36
naa it wont, the equipment will be removeable

03-05-2006, 03:52
looking good man!

05-05-2006, 02:55
thanks, and i found the crane, its a little big but once altered the scale should work out pretty good.
and saturday night it will get some attention if all goes well.


Easy E
05-05-2006, 04:44
I'm interested to see the cranes. That is a unique piece of terrain. it will really help tell the story fo this board. Kudos putting a lot of good fore thought into this project.

Just out of curiousity, how are you going to store it?

05-05-2006, 09:33
We plan on screwing I bolts into the corners and attaching it to ropes from the ceiling when not in use.


05-05-2006, 09:36
As an afterthought if we need to we'll attach pulleys to the ceiling to help store it away. Just depends on how heavy it ends up being.:skull:


06-05-2006, 02:21
and its heavy now.

Light of the Emperor
06-05-2006, 03:33
Nice table there.
I just finished reading the old white dwarf where the US studio constructed an Inquisitor game board that used a crane. They "sunk" it into the sand by cutting away foam around the base. Perhaps you could do that too...provided the base can detach from the rest. It adds a bit more realism...like its been there for a while.
Can't wait to see more!

06-05-2006, 12:44
Woah, this is one cool project, I'm very tempted to sig it, so I will :p. How long have you spent on it now? And how much longer before painting starts?


06-05-2006, 19:39
i have about 10 hrs total and i think nightbringer115 (both of us names is steve) has i think about 6-7 hrs.

i am getting ready to go to his place and work on it some more tonight and tomorrow.


08-05-2006, 00:34
we got some more work on it, i only got about 6 hrs on it this weekend, my apprenticeship contest ate up saturday and was cold sunday.
we also spackled in alot of the gaps, and filled in the holes in the cliff faces, and gaps under and between foam sheets (this was alot of work)

i added my crystal field and some rock
added some Storm Drains to drain to the river.
filled in the deep craters with some rock, gravel next, too old for glue to set up as quick


08-05-2006, 00:36
Sewage Treatment Facility started
the Bridge work closest to the storage tanks was cut out and leveled up and redone, was a little out of plumb and made the bridge platform teeter.
the edge of the ruined city and the crane in the back

08-05-2006, 00:36
more filler being done, and another storm drain
Large Piping, might have a bridge across it, removed the smallest bridge that was here.
also a pile of pipe was added for defence from across the river and to cover the bridge. and gives an actual storage spot.
the base of the crane, it has a wireless remote. its 3/4" above the white foam, the white foam will be a false base, we are making a spillway styled dam to feed the river, and we raised the bottom to save on the resin we will be adding later.
a shot of a storage tank for the industriel facility.


08-05-2006, 00:37
the power plant, placed underground, the cd-r case will be eventually be a bunker protecting it.


08-05-2006, 00:37
all full shots

thats it for this weekend, i did a little more work after these pics were taken but didnt have my USB cable with me, and getting pics sent to me so i will post them later


08-05-2006, 00:41
oh and forgot, the crane will be painted god knows what yet, but i think we have about a half hour of sanding to do and then add more gravel next saturday (if i dont work), that will be in layers of finer gains alng with more rock, but the final bit next weekend will hopefully see textured paint being added. then detail work and painting can be started. and i will get some much needed practice with my airbrush.


08-05-2006, 00:44
Looking good :) ,Cant wait to see it all finished ,Keep up the good work

08-05-2006, 00:53
thanks Deadley, like another friend mentioned tho this board will not be tank friendly and will be more forgiving to skimmers, but thems the brakes. the very last weeeknd when we finish it will be an in progress game.

god knows what will be used on it yet. but i have the feeling my Saim Hainn Eldar will be finished by then, or at least finishable for this table


08-05-2006, 01:47
<remembers to get drool-guard for keyboard:D>

WOW! I'm more impressed every time.:D

My only suggestion is to have the overall shots first. It makes the closeups easier to place.:D

08-05-2006, 02:07
ill try to remember that. but i thought this way would be a little more suspencefull (sp?).

but if you look in one of the overall pics, there is some piping with and on the watertower, those are some of the last pics i took after i added some more before i left his house. steve will probly send me some pics this week to get a good shot of that. but i do have to add a pump in that pipe to make it realistic.

thats part of the problem, wanting to add something, but i dont want it to look like a 2 year old did it because i want stuff to look at least realistic.
but we are going to shoot for adding some sort of paint next weekend. and those cobblestone path ways will probly be pretty mush hiddend amongst the rubble, even moreso of a pathway with rubble and dirt up over it.


08-05-2006, 02:13
The suspense was good, but after a bunch, I was wondering where it was all going to fit and still leave space to play. I had to scroll to the end to see that it was well spaced, then go back for the details. Full Shot #2 was (IMO) the best for all of that.:D

Top notch job.:D

08-05-2006, 02:23
yea the buildings for the industrial area will be kept to a minimum. and i have thought of making storm drain gratings to texture up the ground and so on in areas, thats one reason i added the drains in the river cliff faces. me could use that to represent deep striking, or even make special tunnel rules for moving from one side of the table to the other through the storm sewers.


08-05-2006, 21:44
and forgot to mention, the plasticard around the fan is actually textured like these bases i made:

Easy E
08-05-2006, 23:00
I love the ball on top of the PVC pipe. That was a very innovative piece of design work.

08-05-2006, 23:11
thanks, the ball hasnt been filled in yet and smoothed out, it will get spackle and then sanded, but we used half of a small bucket of spackeling compound on this table allready and we need more, but was all i had at the time.
i am thinking of adding support legs to it as well to stabalize it, i will be going by my favorite hobby supply place friday after work so i will pick up some badly needed, H beams, I Beams, Angle, C Channel, and see if they have any bar joices, my second supply store carries the bar joices but he is like 3X's the price.

and i need the I beams or bar joices for the 2 main bridges.


Light of the Emperor
09-05-2006, 03:20
I can definately say that there isn't another table concept like yours. So now we've seen Venice, D&D (desert and dam), cityfight galore and mining colonies. Quite an awesome selection here at Warseer.
I like your board a lot though, read it all yesterday.

Here's something: have you thought of making any mining vehicles? In one of the Dawn of War levels where the Blood Ravens find the chaos ritual guarded by eldar, there is an abandoned rhino with a huge dozer blade at what looks like a quarry. Something like that, or any vehicle for that matter, adds a neat overall look to the board.

09-05-2006, 08:51
because its an open topped quarry styled mine, the toy kit i bought that has the crane also had a cement truck, rubber tired front loader, escavator and dump truck, i will be adding the front loader for pics and that is it, scale wise its right but too big to leave on table for game play.


09-05-2006, 13:53
Wow, nice board, but at the moment I can't quite see 40k models running around on it. But I like the board a lot. Keep up the great work on it.

09-05-2006, 16:49
Wow! Amazing! And for the crane maybe a burgundy/maroon dark red?

09-05-2006, 19:23
Nice, and for the not-being-tank-friendly. I just think that's BS. A basalisk or Battle cannon mounted...anything would be good. Besides, I would just get a new tactic rather than say "this is a bias board".

10-05-2006, 23:29
there is plenty of movement room, and around here we like terrain alot, and we hate open boards.
there is also plenty of room for tanks to run around, just not alot for landraiders.
but i have 3 russes in my guard armies and i think they will be doing just fine, who needs to move when you are on a table that is 8 feet long anyways with a long ranged gun. both sides of the table can get mostly whole views of the table except for the "narrows".

as for the reds on the crane, i may consider it. but i doubt it will be much more than a rust bucket.

Just so happens the other steve, nightbringer115 took some more pics, he sanded and mudded and re-sanded the board some this week.

its the detail work no one want to do on any project, but kudos to him, i was dreading it.

here goes

a good shot from the low water bridge up the river and goes to show the high ground covers the bottom well.
a shot through the ruined town to the water tower and crane
that road through the ruins will be partially covered in gravel, but the back part will be left open and the roads available for tanks, the road is plenty wide enough for russes with sponsons.


11-05-2006, 03:07
Looking good man you two are doing some awesome work!! How deep is the river going to be as far as difficult or impassible.

Light of the Emperor
11-05-2006, 03:10
Where do you get the thicker blue polystyrene from? Every home depot or lowes I go to only has the thin pink one.

11-05-2006, 07:46
Lowes carries it, about 20.00 per sheet. Large Ace Hardware Stores Carry the Pink brand and they usually have the thicker varieties as well.

sometimes you have to ask the guys in the back of the stores, some of those front store/front desk degenerates are just that....Degenerates. they dont know thier own hole from a hole in the ground. Home depot is a good builders supply and should have the 2" pink. maybe even the white which if your making something thick it would be a cheaper filler.

the larger Peninsula where the ruins is is actually partially hollow. i skipped a full layer of 2" and just run the edges in scrap 2" off cuts and supported the center with a couple chunks.

the river is planning on being difficult, if your using a chimera, no penalty since its supposed to be amphibious. difficult kinda balances it for skimmers on this table as well. gives them a place to hide but they still have to test for diff terrain.


11-05-2006, 20:31
Looks cool...:D

The drainpipe reminds me of a "tunnel warfare-kinda-table"...:p

11-05-2006, 20:39
The board is coming along really well....tourey/games day quality IMHO.

11-05-2006, 21:08
thanks, there are plans to add some storm drain gratings to the ground for surface texture.

and thanks for all the comments, and we are glad you like the game board.


Easy E
12-05-2006, 00:33
I can't wait to see the storage rig you guys are planning to instal. Of thought of doing it myself, so pictures of the finished pulley/rope system will be great.

This board is going to be Bloody-Fan-Tastic!

Yarick Zan
12-05-2006, 00:49
Agreed most definately. i love the board and am jealous of it. a question though.... are you going to change the crain in some way (aside from painting) or are you going to leave it. to me it doesnt really make sense that the crane will be intact but the town wont. just a thought though dont bite my head off for voicing it.

12-05-2006, 01:52
Great board so far. It reminds me of the "Damnation Board" that Anvils Hammer was working on. Meh, I haven't been around here in about a month so I can't remember exactly what it was called and who was working on it. :p

12-05-2006, 13:42
It's looking fantastic, but I have a question, what are they mining for?


12-05-2006, 20:02
We figured that we could work both angles and make it look like they're open pit mining for stone and mining for the crystals on the other side of the river.


12-05-2006, 21:19
Agreed most definately. i love the board and am jealous of it. a question though.... are you going to change the crain in some way (aside from painting) or are you going to leave it. to me it doesnt really make sense that the crane will be intact but the town wont. just a thought though dont bite my head off for voicing it.

no thats fine, but remember concrete and masonry work will wither away pretty easily.

metal wont deteriorate till water and air makes it to the metal to start corrosion, and russt will protect metal to an extent as well.

if it was originally primed and painted it will look ok.

i plan to paint this in neutral colors and start heavy weathering on it. i might put some steel plating and extra steel reinforcing tho, just to jazz it up a little and get rid of the consistancy look it has.

and yes what nightbringer115 said, he is the other Steve working on the project.


Still learning
13-05-2006, 04:30
nice board...

pls pls enlighten us with more pics

make sure to add heaps of rubble.

13-05-2006, 22:11
would love to see the finnished version when its done

14-05-2006, 00:12
Pics! More Pics!:D

<can't wait to get to a place where I can do stuff like this>:D

14-05-2006, 03:35
allright, this is a mid weekend updat since we are waiting for textured paint to dry.
the pink or blue showing will be due to the glue drying in the gravel or terrain next to it.
it will get painted last thing tomorrow.

the river had been filled and textured. Plaster rocks sunk in the mud and river rock on the banks along the finally finished retaining wall and rocks on the bank of the crystal forest. the rocks sorta act as an erosion barrier like our local man made lakes here in WV.


14-05-2006, 03:36
the round spots are some woodland scenic tree bases where we can either leave the trees off or put them in, we havent decided wether to put the foliage on the trees or not yet.
also the pewter pieces are woodlanscenics pewter broken stumps.
and the green stuff is roots that will blend when the paint is done after the glue dries overnight.


14-05-2006, 03:37

thats it for tonight, questions, comments and criticism welcome.
a rating woud be nice too.


14-05-2006, 09:16
Without a doubt: 9.99/10 (ATM) :D

(But only cos its not painted)

Tomorrow?! I can't wait!

14-05-2006, 09:33
It's looking killer guys.

14-05-2006, 12:10
Looking great guys! My only question is what purpose does the river serve? its sort of a dead end. thats only what i see. any incite would be appreciated

14-05-2006, 14:12
gamewise what purpose does any river serve? it breaks up the scape, problems for troops and tanks, esp if you blow up the bridges. think of it as a seperate road with lots of cover for skimmers since the cliffs dont stop you from getting in or out.


14-05-2006, 22:51
nightbringer might take some pics, but all we got done today (pissed the rain down all day and humidity is hell on paint and glue) was make a trip to walmart to pick up some supplies and fix some things. our mud had cracked where we had some flex in the board where it transitioned from 1 sheet to the next so we got some silicone and filled the cracks, will allow the board some flex there so it wont bust the paint.

also used some epoxy for things where water based glues werent setting up like tree stumps and a mount for the water tower, we are making it removeable so we can get this closer to the ceiling .

we also test painted some areas to see the fastest/cheapest and easiest ways to get the boatd painted to a good standard and looks like we will be using a spray paint for the base coat since its a color we dont have available for the airbrush.
and then drybrush the rocky areas a lighter color. the bunker is mostly done except for shortening the support pole in the middle and paint.
we got a lot of stuff primed black and most of the textured paint done.
steve got a building built than can be used a a bunker if need be. the walls are done with necromunda bulkheads.
the bridges are about 30% complete and have been redesigned a little.

we might get some pics posted mid week but its no guaruntee.

but we still got alot done last night and today, all just slow progress and time consuming stuff.


15-05-2006, 01:53
oh and here is a pic that was asked for in another forum, low level looking direction of the stream to the last bridge.


15-05-2006, 08:29
Tis coming on nicely Steves! Is the general colour just going to be a dirty brown, with grey areas? Or is the area around the forest going to be green?

15-05-2006, 23:27
the area around the forest is dgoing to be like the rest. browns, browns and more browns.

the trees will be burnt out or whatever. no foliage, at least thats the plan.

i have 2 colors of brown static grass for scrub grass, there will be some patches of green grass mixed in. none of the radioactive GW crap grass, all this stuff is woodland scenics.
the crystals will be the other color to the table. but i need opinions on crystal colors.
also the crystal colors will be carried out through the board because i plan on using the small rod i have in making bitz n pieces here and there sticking up. i may even make another mold of another metal piece of stock for a 1/2" crystal.
what colors should we do the crystals in, note only 1 color will be used and the ground will be browns.

Black w/ green trim like the necron code
Black w/ red trim
Black w/ yellow trim
Black w/ blue trim
Black w/ purple trim


16-05-2006, 08:18
i would do them blue extreme highligted up to white

16-05-2006, 08:27
Blue or purple, definatley...

Or you could do green, and have the necrons lurking beneath

Still learning
16-05-2006, 08:57
definatly blue or purple. This board OWNS man keep up the good work

you are insparation to other(including me) i might start a board similar, somthing like this but with trenches for my proposed DK

16-05-2006, 12:00
Blue, purple anmd green would contrast nicely with the browns. Personally I vote blue.

Rabid Bunny 666
16-05-2006, 12:06
Red trim would look awesome, menacing even

Anvils Hammer
16-05-2006, 13:20
wow, its absolutly fantastic!
cant wait to see it finnished

*mental note to self- venice city fight board must now be finnished for self esteem purposes*

16-05-2006, 20:53
you need a good kick to get both boards finished. BTW whats your opinion on the crystal colors AH.

and as for the reference to necrons, the other steves army is a large Necron army if you havent guessed allready.
my primary armies are Eldar armies.


16-05-2006, 21:05
Crystal colour - anything but green or black - they are far too common.

17-05-2006, 01:11
counting the colors from all the opinions and one vote from another forum, so far the tally is (incl multiple color opinions):
3 green (counting 1 as vote from another forum)
1 red (is my favorite but not sure it would be the best)
4 blue
2 purple

i may start a poll on this later in the week.

so if there are any color combination ideas like on page 9 please post an opinion.

also if someone can photoshop one of those crystals or the cluster with different color idea pictures that would be great, i pm'd one guy but dont know if he will do it, i hope so tho.


17-05-2006, 01:27
If you can get the effect right, purple with lightning (like a powersword) would be cool.:D

17-05-2006, 03:08
Hey man, I don't live too far away (Bmore, Maryland) I was thinking maybe I could come and play on this thing once :D

17-05-2006, 03:13
If I had a board like that I'd charge admission.:eek:

Pizza and so forth.:D

17-05-2006, 05:24
hey, have you guys thought of adding a adeptus mechanicus structure to your board using the new plastics? buying 2 or 3 of the ad emch buildings and 1 of the others would add sumthing else to it. it would have to be city fight, just plant a big soddin buildin in the middle.
just an idea

17-05-2006, 21:34
no this is more or less just a mining camp, thats why the town/city section is no bigger than just the plastic ruins set. otherwise i could have made large foamcore 2-4 story buildings.

large multi story buildings are down the road for another project.

also especially when this is done, if someone that is in the area wants to game, as always let us know.


18-05-2006, 10:44
also especially when this is done, if someone that is in the area wants to game, as always let us know.


You'll get a pm in about two weeks time... :D

If you need any help with the second board, I'll be happy to come by and help if you need it. Once school is out, I'll have tons of time.

18-05-2006, 15:10
I guess with the long weekend coming up it wouldn't be unreasonable for us to expect a bunch of painting to get done, right?

18-05-2006, 19:09
Well, *we* get a long weekend:D, but not everyone celebrates our holidays:(.

18-05-2006, 20:08
Memorial Day is the last Monday in May. They should have a long weekend - unless West Va doesnt celebrate American Holidays anymore.

18-05-2006, 20:37
For us Victoria Day is the Monday on or before May 24th.

Or from the Wiki:

This holiday is regarded as the beginning of the unofficial "summer season" in Canada, and is thus the weekend when many businesses, parks, etc., that operate during warm weather months, will open.

It is known colloquially as "May two-four weekend". The phrase has two meanings, the first is the fact that it usually falls around 24 May, and secondly, those who celebrate will often get together to drink beer (a two-four is a case of 24 bottles of beer). Note that the holiday may be referred to as "May two-four" even if it falls as early as May 18.

18-05-2006, 22:02
but memorial day is also time when we as construction workers have time for different parts of our families all have time off.
they will pay OT for saturdays, but sundays and holidays you rarely see people getting double time.

so i doubt i will be building terrain then unless it rains all weeekend. that fri evening and sat maybe, doubtfull that sunday/monday.

@ creep, ill post when the board is done, just keep a lookout for it.


18-05-2006, 22:04
I feel a thrill everytime I see "last post by Orcdom" in this thread.

Please more updates!

18-05-2006, 22:06
I was not saying that you would work on the project, just that a holiday was coming up soon for those in the US. Kudos again for all the outstanding work.

18-05-2006, 22:12
We do have everything base coated now. So this weekend we should be able to start laying down alot of base colors. Which will make a huge difference in the apperance.


18-05-2006, 22:44
We plan on adding more rubble and ground texture to the ruins area.
Painting most, if not all of the ground
I hope we will have time to add the industrial area stuff, and finish the bridge work. the power plant wont take long to do, the bunker should finish up quick as well

and as soon as we have a test piece or 2 painted up we will be testing a couple resin and water effects we are using on the board.


Still learning
19-05-2006, 02:28
oh goodie i can't wait...

20-05-2006, 22:25
Update time, this is about 3-4 hrs of spray paint and airbrush time, also a paste of glue and a weird gravel mix was added around the ruins for a ruined look.


20-05-2006, 22:27


20-05-2006, 22:29


20-05-2006, 22:30


20-05-2006, 22:42
thats all we have done so far today and its not 7 pm yet, after the glue paste dries we are adding the paint to that area and hopefully the textured paint on the 2 bridges will be done so we can get to work on them and get them installed, and maybe time for a game tonight, hopefully since we havent played any games in over 2 months.

so far the crystals are up for either red or purple, but will be a bit yet before they are started.


20-05-2006, 22:43

Nightbringer115 kidnapped Orcdom and stole his board!:eek:!


Excellent work all around.:D I'm looking forward to seeing it finished and in action.

Brush your teeth
20-05-2006, 22:43
its looking great, i cant wait to see it finished.

20-05-2006, 22:46
the board is at Nightbringer115's house, we are both building the board.
i was the one to start the thread is all.


20-05-2006, 22:59
Hence the :p. ;)

Sadly we don't all have such glorious space to work in.:(

21-05-2006, 10:01
Collour suggestion for the crane:

Olive green and very dark metall, painted in sort of a cammo pattern or rather, in a striped pattern.

Add some chipped hazardstripes to its base and arround the cabin.

As for the board.


21-05-2006, 14:19
not green, this is not originally a military installation. i am sticking with rusted metal i think. maybe a deep red color base if any at all.
might add some chevrons tho, that is a good idea.

but one guy mentioned on another board to try and carve an aquilla out of foam to put on the retaining wall above the hill coming out of the mining pit for some added decoration, i have been thinking about it, not sure tho.


Anvils Hammer
21-05-2006, 14:34
so far the crystals are up for either red or purple, but will be a bit yet before they are started.


the board is looking really really great, but I think it would be a mistake to paint the crystals the same/similar colour to the board. Id go with a colour that contrasts nicly, like a vivid green or yellow.

21-05-2006, 15:39
not green, this is not originally a military installation. i am sticking with rusted metal i think. maybe a deep red color base if any at all.
might add some chevrons tho, that is a good idea.

I actually like it yellow. Yellow with a bunch of rust and weathering would look great, I think.

21-05-2006, 20:13
I would prefer to post something more constructive but all I've got is compliments. The board is looking great and your progress is very impressive. Look forward to seeing it completed.

21-05-2006, 20:17
Colour for crane - something either light (keeps the heat warping down) or metallic (lack of maintainence).:D

21-05-2006, 20:20
Great job guys. Looking forward to seeing the Board in A Game!

21-05-2006, 20:57
Last update for the weekend, we are wore out. painted our hind ends off this weekend, some plans have changed, we did away with the Ind Complex, we can add objective pieces, bunkers or whatever since its one of the few flat pieces of terrain on this board.
next weekend should finish it tho.



21-05-2006, 20:58
this shot is with the bridges


21-05-2006, 20:58
this one without


21-05-2006, 20:59
Gosh darned impressive.:D

21-05-2006, 21:00

questions and comments/criticism as usual are welcome

oh and the purple i am not liking, but the other steves wife mentioned maybe a burnt orange.


21-05-2006, 21:05
Just me thinking out loud, but for the crystals, why not check out a gem/bead shop and get actual plastic/glass/crystal crystals instead of painting them? Given the detail of the rest of the board, that's the route I'd go. I'm not a big fan of GW's *do everything with 'Eavy Metal quality painting*. Sometimes I think that simply using the material itself is better than trying to recreate it with paint. As well, the clear/translucent materials can be lit - either from below or internally.

But that's just me.:D

21-05-2006, 21:12
well its kinda late to be adding lighted crystals and these crystals are in resin. i am not trying for a eavy metal paint (i cant paint that good, and alot of us cant) job but i am just not happy with the purple and how its turned out. i cant get the shading right and had to do it backwards, by doing the purple and adding a black wash over it.

i can do the green, and should be able to get it to look nice, green is easy to work with but for now i am done. but its the color itself mainly.

and electronics might be for a board later. i dont know if i am getting tired of this board or just spent too much time working with it this weekend and didnt get a game in.


21-05-2006, 21:16
i've found when going for a dark purple colour start from black with purple only on the edges fairly wide at first with a couple of highlight's using fortress grey/liche purple mix with the finest only on the extreme edges.

hope this helps the problem


21-05-2006, 21:23
that sorta helps, the other problem is me doing the painting.

wanna fly over here: :p

seriously tho, whats an opinion on an orange crystal color because its the purple itself just not sitting well with me.


21-05-2006, 21:28
Always go with what moves you. In the long run you'll be happier and that's what counts.:D

And remember to get at least one game in this weekend.:D

I have spoken.:eyebrows:


22-05-2006, 05:12
Truly, truly outstanding stuff, Orcdom :cool: this board looks like it will be so much fun to play on when it's done.

You've set an incredibly high standard to work to when I start making some terrain boards this autumn... :)

22-05-2006, 05:34
Well done, excellent work.

22-05-2006, 09:07
S w e e t n e s s...

22-05-2006, 09:48
wow, this is amazing. I am not a big 40k fan, but this is awsome.

Nice job :)

22-05-2006, 15:05
This is very impressive indeed! It's this sort of thing that really tempts me to get back into the hobby again- all I need is money for an army and a few of my mates convinced to join in, and I'd be set :) Maybe over the summer I'll find time to build the Mordheim table I always wanted...

I love the idea of the canyon- 3D boards like this are infinitely cooler than a 'tabletop with 2 clumps of trees and a bunker' sort of thing we used back in the day. The crystals look good enough, but I'm sure orange would be good too.

22-05-2006, 21:51
@thunderwolf, build the table first, and take your time, then buy the stuff to play. that way you wont rush yourself. then you have the hook to get your friends into playing on a nice looking table.

@the rest, thanks for the comments.


23-05-2006, 04:31
Man you two have made a killer board. The paint job looks awesome!! It's amazing how much it has changed in appearance from day one!! Kickass job guys!!

23-05-2006, 13:49
That's a good call, Orcdom- probably my biggest weakness is my short attention span, so it'd probably be no bad thing to do things as you suggest.

Anyway, can't wait to see some action shots of your forces battling for posession of the colony :)

The boyz
23-05-2006, 16:07
That is one fantastic looking board Orcdom, I love it. I love the old mine workings and the old ruins, I especially like the crane. I like the crystals coming out of the ground as well. This is going to be one brilliant board when it is finished.

23-05-2006, 21:13
i went by a place where they were diging a hillside out for some commercial property and all the dirt was a red clay base, and needless to say i was impressed on how much it looked like this game table paint wise.


24-05-2006, 02:44
I like the burnt orange idea. It would give the board a more old, forgotten feel. Go for it.

Hurry and finish! I NEED to game on this board!

24-05-2006, 03:03
thanks, my brother in law is in a graphics program and is going to try to do this for me so i can see some test pieces before i try again, one or 2 of the pics previously have the purple done but i dont like the color contrast.


Easy E
27-05-2006, 00:27
Any updates of the progress you are making painting? Have you started work on the crane? I am interested to see how that turns out.

Plus, I can't way to see the pulley and rope system you guys rig up for hanging this thing.

27-05-2006, 03:13
the rope system will be i think a while down the road. mainly when the otehrt steve starts needing his garage back i guess.

but for tomorrow if all goes well what should be done is:
add more resin
Detail paint for power plant
paint bunker
redo foliage on trees
paint trees and or trunks
paint piping

and try to get the crystals done. (one way or the other)


old guard
27-05-2006, 08:53
I' ve been sneaking the odd peak at this thread every once in a while and I must say that its absolutely brilliant. I envy you the space to be able to do something like that,(ah perhaps in time.....sigh). Fantastic work, keep it up, More pictures please!

27-05-2006, 10:03
Your close angle photos really show its scale, nice!

30-05-2006, 01:51
allright, i havent gotten to work on the table this weekend, My little girl was sick saturday and sunday and my sons birthday party was today.

but the other steve in his very little free time (and snce its at his house) has done some adding of the water, this is after either 4 or 6 bottles of clear resin to the table. and he said about 8 more bottles to go.

30-05-2006, 01:52
and the last pic he sent me:

we want almost a 1/2" of water here, plus he said the mud puddles in the quarry didnt turn out right so he added some coloring to it, but we yet to get pictures of that, hint hint.

ah and he also left out the picture of the Lake water done so far that he told me about today, so i didnt get pics of that either, (another unsubtle hint).


30-05-2006, 02:03
if you look at that next to last picture, that is the reflection (under the bridge) off the clear resin from the garage door about 6 or so feet above the table.


30-05-2006, 02:10
I thought that was the underside of one of the bridges.:D Fine work to get a reflection that well.:D

30-05-2006, 02:34
Its a product something to the extent of clear water, its a 24hr cure resin they use to pour in a vase and then insert dried/silk flowers in it.
its i think a 12oz kit and is perfectly clear, downside is 12.00 a bottle and there has been 6 bought for it so far and thats only about half of the resin to be used.
granted that is maybe more than we need but not more than we want. we might cut it short on the 1/2" of resin but only time will tell.

we tried the Woodland Scenics stuff and steve said it looked too fake, looked like resin, where this stuff looks like water. he mixed a runny puddle of muddy wash water and poured in the puddles in the quarry which is what the puddles were filled with, the Woodland Scenics stuff.

but the rock steve aquired at work that is in the resin that is its natural color as well, so we got the best of both worlds there as well, a natural looking river bottom we didnt have to paint.
we may get the woodland scenics other type of water stuff to make ripples and what not but only to make the waterfall ripples over the dam.

not too sure yet, might just wether the dam a little with some green for an algae look or iron streaked or something.

and thanks for the comments. i cant wait to get a damned game on this table.

Wooo Hoo!!

also and i might add a little clay and dust weathering to the bridges from where it should be tracked up from mud off the pathways, any opinions on that? it was done to the highwater bridge but not to the other 2 bridges. or just leave well enough alone?

also it was asked on another forum that along the grass edge of the area with trees that we add some gravel or whatnot to define the road a little better. basically it would be just enough to resemble a rut made when the road was wet or something or where traffic has pushed gravel to the side of the road path. not too sure if its even needed in this scale.


30-05-2006, 06:51
The water looks awesome guys!!

Easy E
31-05-2006, 00:15
Since you were mentioning the cost of Resin, any ball park estimates on the cost of this project so far?

31-05-2006, 00:20
<:eek:plugs ears and hums loudly:eek:>

Is it safe yet?

31-05-2006, 00:50
probly pretty close to:
3.00 fittings
30.00 for foam
75.00 in resin
7.00 in trees
30.00 in glue and other adhesives
25.00 in paint
5.00 in wood
10.00 in plaster
approx 200.00 so far

the ruins i had lying around
the trees i have had for about a year, just never did anything with them till now.
the 4x8 sheet of wood was a freebie from work (would have been another 10.00)
the foam is figured at half cost since it was damaged.
had alot of the other things lying around, no plasticard was bought for this board but probly used about 6-8.00 worth.
CD-R case, freebee
Bubble tape case, freebee
Gravel from the other steves job a freebee

then the tools used were

30.00 Electric Hot Wire Cutter
80.00 Badger 200 airbrush and Badger Compressor (well below half price closer to 33%)
50.00 4" Grinder and wire wheel
Propane Torch
misc hand tools like putty knives, about 10 of the retractable utility snap off blade styled knives (dollar store), wire brush
Power saw for cutting lumber.
cant forget my own custom mold(s) and the other hirst arts molds, and woodland scenics molds that were used.
borrowed hot wire cutter set HWFF brand

tools and material was not cheap. if it werent for us allready having the tools and most of the foam and lumber we couldnt have done this. i stopped and got this extra foam and we decided to "get after it".

and if someone is wondering the price of this board once finished, probly in the neighborhood of $600.00+ and shipping is extra, due to the 50-100 dollars of resin to yet be added.

we have probly close to 70-80 hrs total in it as well unless i have miscounted a weekend in there.

something like this is not really a piece for the average person to tackle and i am not trying to sound big headed or anything but i have been working on making terrain for the most part about 16 years. and the other steve probly has an off and on 8-10 years as well. and i do comission work when i am laid off from my day job (construction).

but then again a piece like this is not for the average person to buy either.

and i see maybe another 4-5 custom boards being made locally within the next year that i will be helping on. and most of them will be modular i think.

this is the first time i have tried resins for water tho, and sweet it is turning out.


Yarick Zan
31-05-2006, 00:53
bloody hell and here i was aspiring to make one...bummer.... oh well wont stop me from trying. ill justhave to get a friend in on it since him and i will be gaming alot more together.

31-05-2006, 00:58
cost was not the reason i had steve to help me. yes it helps but picking his brain for ideas and he can make some decent terrain. plus since i play against him 90% of the time, he ought to help make a project we can be proud of.


31-05-2006, 01:02
probly pretty close to:
<snippage of a huge list of prices>

Isn't it crazy how this stuff adds up? Even 'cheap' pieces, end up making a very expensive piece?

The Rack you saw in my thread had about 25$ of dirt-cheap wood (1.35$/ea for a 6' length) and then a mess of screws (another 20$, maybe more?), sandpaper, casters, and such.

said and done, the 'cheap little rack' I made set me back 75$+

And I did do it entirely on the cheap, as much as I could.

*sigh* to have a hobby that doesn't require half of my income...

31-05-2006, 08:31
A single request:

Once the board is finished, you have to post up a battle report featuring lots of photos of your armies slugging it out over this gorgeous terrain!

Yarick Zan
31-05-2006, 10:42
agreed with that point. anyways this is what i like about having a parent who used to work for a big manufacturing company like 3M. we are loaded down with all sorts of useful stuff in my house from sandpaper to stuff i can use for buildings on my board. i think a friend and i might start creating a board when we have the time.

31-05-2006, 18:21
Wow, the water effects are best I've ever seen. Is it really hardened alreadyin the pictures?
I love your whole board, but that water just blew my mind.


31-05-2006, 19:41
This is a truly beautiful terrain board. Nice work Orcdom. :)

31-05-2006, 21:48
yes, the water is hardened in those pics. it is a product bought at AM Moore in the Floral Department. i got paid today so i will be picking up 2 more bottles of it. its a 2 part resin mix, and dries in 24 hrs. Nightbringer115 is the one that has added it since i have been over last. they showed me a vase of it in the store and the vase had silk flowers set in about 2" of marbles with the resin poured in it. you could see through the glass like looking through a glass of water with flowers and marbles in it.

yes i think its more realistic. and saturday i get to take the kids tothier grandmothers and sat afternoon i will be getting to hopefully finish the table or close to it and damit i am getting a game this weekend (at least hoping so).

and there will be pics of a game (providing we do actually get time to play)

and dont forget Nightbringer115 gets credit here too, he has just as much time in it as i do. i work on one thing he does another, and when he isnt helping me when i am there he works here and there on it when i am not around.


Wolf Scout Ewan
31-05-2006, 22:30
What is the water stuff called?

01-06-2006, 00:28
The name of the resin is Everlasting Elegance. We got it at AC Moore it comes in a 12 0z. box ( one 8 oz. and one 4 oz. bottle that you just mix together and pour.


01-06-2006, 00:44
its in a rack like this
and its the tan box on the 3rd shelf in the 2nd pic down on the left.
and here:
second row, fourth one


01-06-2006, 01:03
allright, i prodded steve to get some more pictures.
here is where he didnt like how the Woodland Scenics Realistic water turned out, but added a wash of 2 browns to the mud holes in the quarry to resemble half dried holes.
and here is some shrinkage of the water clear resin after it dried, the previous pics before were when wet, but as you can see its dark outside and you still see plenty of reflection in the standing pool

01-06-2006, 17:24
Really nice looking board.
Love the layout and overall feel.

Really nice dried river bed - though I guess it could be a bit "rounder" where the river bed meets the rock walls as now it kinda looks like a river with a lot of floating (!) gravel.

My only other complaint is that the rock surfaces made out of styrofoam/sheatfoam look like made out of styrofoam/sheatfoam...
Not saying it is easy to make a rock looking finish - but for such an amazing project I just think you should invest some more time in getting the rock surfaces look 100% realistic (dunno how myself - so I just use more sand on them to hide the underlaying surface).

01-06-2006, 17:40
I REALLY love the gully, it's superb.

Looking great, and I'll check in more often on how it's going, at the moment it's very impressive, just the rate that it's going up :).


01-06-2006, 17:56
Heehee just had a silly idea, you could just put real water on the rivers if it would hold it?

Seriously though, lovely board guys, and enjoy ur game on it, you could'nt take a few pics of your game in progress with it could you?

Wolf Scout Ewan
01-06-2006, 18:22
Am gonna have to look out for that stuff!

01-06-2006, 22:25
i tried the rock pressed in the foam and it IMHO sucks. the sand worked fine here. the only problem i see is a couple of the seams shows, but that wasnt apparent till the final paint and you cant see it from above much, just the in trench photos really.

and the walls arent done to show alot of rock because this is painted to show a clay base. and typically you dont see alot of rock and when it erodes it does in streaks like it does around here.

as for the rocks in the ground, look at a trout stream sometime, the water is crystal clear.

granted alot of things you wont see in all of 1 area but then again this isnt based on this planet either, just inspired by. and thanks for the comments and needed critisicm. i just wasnt planning on my first complete table to go into huge amounts of time on small details like you did on your board. which i hope to see newer pics soon since i saved all of the previous ones for inspiration.

real water, maybe someday but would be hard on the paint jobs of the figs, and with this resin you dont know if its wet or dry till you touch it.

found out today steve sprung a leak on a river end, so he is patching that up tonight ans pouring more resin where it didnt spring a leak.


02-06-2006, 07:16
Ignore the riff-raff, that's one of the best tables I've seen. It looks comparable to the stuff we turned out in the Canadian Studio. Anyone who gets the chance to play on it should be honoured.

02-06-2006, 07:21
I've got some of that resin too, plus some of that Wonder Water stuff thats on that link for the website you posted. The wonder water is like a gel, and I think I'm leaning towards using that for my canals cause it's only 5 something a bottle.

02-06-2006, 10:25
Yeah, I know real water would'nt be so nice to transfers etc, but if the rivers were never part of the playing bit of the board, like inaccesable to models anyway, and it was sealed well, would be kinda cool to have real water lol

What else is there to do on the board still? Have you still to make the pully system for hanging it to the roof?

02-06-2006, 23:39
you could do a test piece with the gel then cover it in the other for a sealer, the gel would suck due to damaging it.

but for some serious and cool looking pics, steve got the leaks fixed and added i think either 4 or 5 more bottles of resin and i will be picking up 2 or 3 more tomorrow and it should be finished resin wise.

but some of these pics are sweet as hell, esp the reflections adn how the lake is turning out.


02-06-2006, 23:40

02-06-2006, 23:41

and thats it for now on the water


03-06-2006, 01:18
Will the stream be getting any deeper, or is the new resin solely for the lake?

I'm still immensly impressed, that river is to die for *drools*


03-06-2006, 05:44
Kinda looks like the streams around this neck of the woods guys, a little bit of water a bunch of rocks.

03-06-2006, 06:01
Simply Awesome!:D I'm looking forward to attempting something like this......likely no where near this good, but I'll try.:D Man, there are so many good ideas on this table to steal.:D

03-06-2006, 08:59
Can we have some pics without flash so we may see the actual colour of everything and how it goes together? Please?

03-06-2006, 11:31
NICE!!Love the river man,awesome work!

Wolf Scout Ewan
03-06-2006, 12:40
The river is nicely done!

For future reference go to a garden centre or builders and buy or take some samples of things like granite and slate. Dont push it into the foam just get a dollop of PVA and stick the rock in that. Its great for covering seams. Oh and dont underestimate the power of filler!

03-06-2006, 15:52
yea there will be some pics probly this evening. before dark. most of these pics had to have flash because of steve taking them after work near dark.
and yes the streams will be a little deaper, at least enough to cover most of the gravel between the banks.

we used filler for the river bed, but when we got this gravel the painting of the river bed went out the window because this looked so more....shall we say real.


05-06-2006, 22:49
allright, all i got done this weekend was painting the crane, which took forever because of humidity affecting drying time (my story and i am sticking to it).
also highlighted some of the metal on the powerplant and bunker. gave a dirty wash to the crane and the water tower as well.

steve is the resin man so he took care of that.

05-06-2006, 22:50
note the propoganda poster at the top of the crane. i have some others and i have been thinking of adding more, there is alos one on the water tower support pole.

05-06-2006, 22:50
thats it for now

05-06-2006, 23:02
To see the name 'Orcdom' appear as the latest reply always brings feelings of anticipation. The latest set of pictures were well worth the wait. The board is looking great. You both deserve a slap on the back. After seeing the results with the resin I don't think I will be able to resist trying it myself.

Nice crane as well.

Cadian 21st
05-06-2006, 23:03
- How did you create that water effect? The board looks absolutely stellar! I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but it looks fantastic!

05-06-2006, 23:08
WOW the water looks cool,Thats a cool board :D My hat off to you ,Cool work

05-06-2006, 23:19
Thats i think over $150.00 of resin, i bought their last 3 bottles saturday. :evilgrin:

But it is a "water clear" resin should be available at any good craft store.
i bought mine at ACMoore for those in the US and Michaels should carry it there as well.

The river is poured straight over the gravel, gravel wasnt glued down first, resin we knew would take care of this. and also sorted out any compatibility problems of using a glue to hold the gravel.

The gravel is in its natural color, if interested in the gravel type, you will have to search the thread for that (pretty sure i have covered it before just like this), i aint spelling it all out.

The lake was painted to get the color of depth, and the resin i dont think is much thicker than 5/8" but was painted to give depth. and i think it turned out quite well.

The "Ripples" in the river are from the layers of resin taking care of that. we never poured all at once either. 2 bottles at a time in different areas. as to not cause too much heat when the resin kicks, it shouldnt cause too much anyways since it has a 24HR dry time.

Also thanks on the crane, i dont think many thought it would work out but i think it turned out quite well. AND ITS REMOTE CONTROLLED!!!!!!!!


06-06-2006, 00:30
Great work, and very cool crane.

I'm lovng the resinny water, but my mind is simply blown away by how cool that "bird's eye view" shot is (I know how you did it too, just in case you thought otherwise :p), nicely done :).


06-06-2006, 01:23
he didnt climb up in the rafters either, i asked about that.

on a nice day in about 2 weeks or so we will try taking it in the yard and sitting it on the ground, maybe we can either use a ladder or get on the roof to get a good birds eye view, would be good for a battle report wouldnt it. :evilgrin:


06-06-2006, 02:21
damn, dude, that's AMAZING!

08-06-2006, 02:45
we removed the dams this evening from the rivers, and WOW the rivers you just have to see in person. they rippled like a slow stread and also on the lake there is a slow ripple there like when the wind is blowing across a lake when your out on a boat.

any ideas on crystal colors yet? i am starting to lean towards the greens like in the Necron Codex.


08-06-2006, 02:56
The only reason I dislike green is that it's so common, but whatever you do.....damn you do it well.:D

The boyz
08-06-2006, 10:30
Wow looking great Orcdom. I love the crane, and the water looks very cool and realistic. I quite like the idea of green crystals, or blue crystals as well might look good.

Yarick Zan
08-06-2006, 10:46
go for red crystals. no one ever does a red crystal (that i know of) and plus it would just look cool.

Wolf Scout Ewan
08-06-2006, 11:29
Lovely! Thats alot of resin!

08-06-2006, 15:21
Just a thought:

How stable is that large pipe? It looks like it would be an ideal crossover point, but it doesn't look like you could stand a model on it.

Perhaps a little bit of mesh to simulate a metal walkway might help? These are common enough in industrial plants. If you can still make additions to the table, it might help.

Looking great, though. Keep it up.


Wolf Scout Ewan
08-06-2006, 16:00
a metal walkway

Same can be achieved with plastruct and plasticard. Add tread plate and u got a gantry.

08-06-2006, 17:27
Im actually really surprised no one else has noticed that the sign on the crane says Maxim. Its a british "mens" magazine (ie, light porn)


This is one of the only threads ive spent half and hour reading through ever in any forum and i must say ive never seen such an original and amazing board, and i visit GW Nottingham regularly (the GW HQ, where British WD battle reports are done)

so again, well done!

08-06-2006, 17:41
I would also suggest adding a gantry or walkway. That pipe is the only thing that feels a bit out of scale with the rest of the beauty. A gantry would fix that.

08-06-2006, 20:04
Im actually really surprised no one else has noticed that the sign on the crane says Maxim. Its a british "mens" magazine (ie, light porn)


This is one of the only threads ive spent half and hour reading through ever in any forum and i must say ive never seen such an original and amazing board, and i visit GW Nottingham regularly (the GW HQ, where British WD battle reports are done)

so again, well done!Already noted but I kept it to myself...:p

I've been to GWHQ as well, but I wonder... Is GW Nottingham (i.e. the actual "shopping center" type store) better than your average GW store, when considering proximity to HQ?:confused: It is the subject of much musing among younger gamers (and myself) at my local GW...

Orcdom, I think you've done SO well with this board that it really don't matter what colour your crystals are, just as long as you are happy with it...

08-06-2006, 21:32
Im actually really surprised no one else has noticed that the sign on the crane says Maxim. Its a british "mens" magazine (ie, light porn)

Maxim Cranes is a large crane rental company in the tri state area here.

matter of fact there is one we are using at the DuPont Chemical Plant I am working at at the moment.

How stable is that large pipe? It looks like it would be an ideal crossover point, but it doesn't look like you could stand a model on it.
Perhaps a little bit of mesh to simulate a metal walkway might help? These are common enough in industrial plants.

i have thought about that and it is stable, but i dont want a bridge there. yes a catwalk or gantry whatever you want to call it is an idea we have thought of, originally there was a small walk bridge that is in the first dozen pics that was between the drain pipe and the main bridge but we removed it.

the only thing i might add is some support beams just for looks on the 2 bridges to make them look like they are supporting thier weight, but i am kinda like, maybe and its a big maybe about it.

thanks for the comments. i will try red but i think it might blend too well with the table, but we will see.


08-06-2006, 21:36
The only boards I've seen that are in the same league as this one are the ones done by JB when he was at GWCan. His Cadian Gate ones were just incredible, beyond the ken of mere mortals. This is comparible in quality and looks a bit more playable.

Hat's off to you mate.:D

Easy E
08-06-2006, 21:45
I like the propoganda posters. It makes the area seem lived in. I would encourage you to place more.

Can we see a model or two posed on the board. No on second thought, wait till the first battle report.

Almost time for the pulley system! Yippy!

08-06-2006, 21:58
Here is a picture "Ophidicus" Posted for me a little while ago that was photoshopped ideas for the crystals over on the Dysartes forum. its something i asked because i cant use the damned program very well. and wanted to do away with endless painting of trial and error.


let me know what you like


08-06-2006, 22:02
@ Easy E
i found some Eyebolts that i may use, found them at work, i will see if i have the anchors for them, and damn this is a heavy table. the pullys i forgot to ask my boss at work to see if he can get me some but we talked about this as well last night.

we will see what unfolds, and i dont plan on showing any figure pictures till we are doing a battle report.


08-06-2006, 22:05
I think the blue looks best, but if I were you I'd go for something glowing green, like the tiberium out of Command and Conquer.


08-06-2006, 22:06
Just go with the green, of the three above it looks best. Ties it with 'Crons and gives a much-needed contrast to the rest of the table.

Personally, I'd make them black, with some DA green mixed at the bottom. the outlines made with DA green, Scorpion and Goblin for highlights, plus white dots at all corners and in the top of each black surface.

08-06-2006, 22:09
i asked the same person that did this try me a yellow, red, and orange color set. so i will see how it turns out.

but keep with the ideas. i have a little over a week yet to decide.


Still learning
09-06-2006, 05:35
green is best bro.

nice table keep it up

09-06-2006, 06:10

Be bold.:D

09-06-2006, 08:58
i'd go with blue, green raise questions about Necons...lol

09-06-2006, 10:19
I liked the purple one.

09-06-2006, 12:07
Go with the blue! I think it suits the landscape best.

The boyz
09-06-2006, 12:35
I think the crystals look better in blue. I think they just seem to contrast nicely with the rest of the board.

09-06-2006, 13:14
The sand is red(-ish) so why not go with red ones? (sand being crumbled crystal or the other way around, crystal being compressed sand)

Of the ones shown, I like the green best... (for now)

Great board btw, from the first pics I saw, I thought it was gonna be *****... but it isn't ;)

18-06-2006, 01:08
allright, the damned thig is pretty much done. the crystals turned out being green. we took some pics out in the driveway and some of the final pics are with figures for looks only. we will try to get pics taken during our game tonight but wont garauntee (sp?) anything, we havent gotten to play since before we started this project. and we are thinking of another table to start mabe even in a few weeks.

here are some pics:


18-06-2006, 01:09
More pics:
Notice the reflections
special note to the propoganda poster on the corner of the ruin


18-06-2006, 01:10
More pics:
we think the crystals ended up turning out great this way
the propoganda poster mentioned earlier in this thread


18-06-2006, 01:11
More pics:
Building made from Necromunda bulkheads


18-06-2006, 01:12
More pics:


18-06-2006, 01:13
More pics:
The Deathwing AKA the "Dipwing" in for an in scale shot


18-06-2006, 01:14
More pics:
Saim Hainn down in the trenches
Destroyer Lord looking to pick a fight (and will most like win)
where are they?
Uh Oh!


18-06-2006, 01:16
More pics:

thats it, ill edit the posts once the pics are all uploaded

18-06-2006, 01:18
I cannot see the pics, mate.

18-06-2006, 01:20
This link seems to work though.


18-06-2006, 01:59
S-u-weeeettt.:D Nice top-down shots.:D

Now get that masterpiece out of the driveway before someone backs up.:eek:

18-06-2006, 02:00
I cannot see the pics, mate.

the pics work, just read my last post instead of posting.

"thats it, ill edit the posts once the pics are all uploaded"

that seems to sum it up and they are all edited and uploaded

Still learning
18-06-2006, 05:04
unveliviable, very niec work, just a few questions

what did you use to build up the rubble around the corners of the buildings?

i think the green needs one more highlight, do you agree?

18-06-2006, 05:16
Frikkin awesome Steve and Steve!!! It's amazing how much better that board looks in natural light. It brings out all of the detail you guys added. Mega thumbs up!!!

18-06-2006, 06:15
the green isnt getting another highlight, its has a highlight at the top where the light hits it and thats it.

the rubble was bulked in round river rock, like on the shores of the stream, then covered in a mix of the gravel that is in the river bed with some sprue rubble and sand all stirred up with glue as a paste.


Wolf Scout Ewan
18-06-2006, 11:42
Excellent groundwork in the wooded area m8!

18-06-2006, 19:11
This is outstanding work all round. Well done! :cool:

18-06-2006, 19:36
Wow that is one cool board ,The water looks so real on the eldar jet bike picture :)

18-06-2006, 19:39
you think that looks real, look where the Woodland Scenics trees stop and the real trees in the back ends?
try post #237

Edit: I just noticed, thanks for whoever issued the lil silver star and the custom title.

Thanks alot,

18-06-2006, 19:59
I'm specially proud of the shine and depth the lake looks like it has.


18-06-2006, 20:50
The board looks stunning. The overhead shots in particular show how impressive the board is. You both deserve large amounts of praise.