Our gaming group got excited about Mordheim again after a few years, but realised that our table is not really meant for it - while it's long enough to have two games running on it at a time, it's only 90 cm wide. This gave me an excellent excuse to make a gaming board to put on top of the table. Daniel36's work
with polystyrene tiles was a huge inspiration, so I wanted to create my own version.
I bought two 120x120cm plywood boards and some 4mm thick sound insulation boards - which really are just foamcore (polystyrene panels) without the paper on one side. 4 square meters cost 19€, so I think I got a good deal on them too.
Next stop was to cut the foamcore and glue the panels into the plywood.
I wanted to cover the whole table with cobblestone/flagstone. Since the board is the right size for the game, I thought I'd draw the lines for 8" deployment zones right onto it, so that starting games will be faster. To blend these lines in - but still stay true to the board's feel - I wanted to make them rows of rectangular stones. The little piece of foamcore is where I tested different types of stones.
Next part was the most tedious one - I knew it would be a long and a hard job to carve all the stones into the foam, but after finishing the deployment lines and the first 20x20cm square, my fingers were hurting already.
After a break to allow my cramped hand to rest for a bit, I continued. I carved a square in the middle of the board even if I earlier thought I didn't want any permanent roads or markers. The board would look a bit stupid if a road got blocked by a ruin or a house. Differently tiled 30x20cm area in the middle saves me a lot of work from the cobblestones and actually gives the board more character as well.
Finally, this is what the corner of the board looks like after a day's work.
I'm thinking of creating a bit of diversity to the cobbles in places, broken pavement exposing the sand underneath in places, drain covers or manhole covers in a few places, perhaps a puddle of brown water somewhere... at least there's plenty of room for those ideas on the board!