I finished the table this weekend! The picture below is Thursday night after we glued the foam to the plywood.
next morning we trimmed the edges where they were rough, and sanded the
surface for texture, and carved out the river and the hills. There
aren't any good pictures of that.
Once that was all done we primed the boards.
You can see the hill board under the table.
Then we painted the board.
And added flock - in this case woodland scenic's earth blend.
And static grass.
Once that was done and drying we got to work on the trees. We started by cutting out bases to put the dowels onto.
We used the hole saw to cut out the base, and then clamped them down and drilled out a hole for the dowels.
cut the top of the dowels into points and cut disks of green scrub pads
to make very inexpensive pine trees. They aren't very realistic, I
know, but they do convey tree pretty well, and for now that's enough.
When I have more time and money I want to pick up several packs of
Woodland Scenics trees.
all the trees were done I spray painted them with a can of GW's Dark
Angels Green, and then with a couple of lighter shades dusted on that.
Of course whats the point of having a gaming table if you aren't going to play a game on it???
cousins and I played a pretty epic game of Lord of the Rings. We used
basically every painted mini we had (no character doubles though
otherwise there would have been 7+ Aragorns!) and a number of unpainted
ones (mostly orcs).
played a "kill the captains" style scenario - The good captains being
Aragorn and Frodo and the evil ones being Saruman and the Witch King.
The mumak never made it into combat, coming in late in the game as a reserve.
is the end of the game. Gimli, Gandalf and a captain of Minas Tirith
heroicly swept into the Witch King, as Eomir and a Rohirim charged and
killed Saruman and Grima.
And of course, the obligatory hamster for scale picture!
Now I just need to get back into my Hirst Arts molds and get casting to build some ruins!