December 10, 2013

Warsenal Templates

Warsenal is one of the newest official partners of Corvus Belli.  Not only do they make incredible terrain sets for the Infinity gamer, they also make templates, Order counters, and magnetic tokens for improved and attractive game play.

December 9, 2013

Assemblers. Assemble!

Combining work, holidays, and my first cold in two years, not a ton of hobbying has been going on.  BUT, I have been assembling models.

Seems like every time we do an O-12 Podcast, I get a hankring for a new faction... So I've been building Merovingia, Tohaa, my mainstay PanO, Haqqislam, and even some Japanese Sectorial Army.  And Nomads.  And Aleph... Oi, vey,

You might notice some Dire Foes minis in that last photo... I am swooning over this Fusilier design...

TAG, you're it.  I've got that Giant Robot Fever...

Home Field Advantage

The four people that follow this Blog may have noticed that there have been less than one updates since DuelCon.


Let's rectify that sitch, post-haste.

So, with all that terrain I built and painted to prep for the Con, I needed a table of my own to use them on. Instead of a purpose-made game table, I opted for a much more portable table TOP; a 4'x4' surface that can be placed atop any flat surface (such as the dining room table, a card table, the breakfast nook table (which is what *I* use it for...)).

Home Depot (or maybe it was Lowe's... any DIY store) had 1/2" thick chipboard in 2'x4' sheets.  That would be perfect - easy to carry and store, two next to each other make a perfect 4'x4' board.  I didn't want them shifting during game play, so I inserted some leftover Ikea furniture dowels into one side, and corresponding holes into the other half of the board to keep things together during the game.

Measure twice, drill once...

Step one was to prime both sides of the chipboard (to help against warping) with black primer. I used household interior/exterior latex primer.

Since this was going on top of the breakfast table, which is a bar-height piece of furniture my wife is WAY more fond of than she is of game tables, I helped out by outfitting the bottom of the sections with padded feet so that they would not damage any surface they are put on.  These self-adhesive, padded feet are sold for people who want to easily move their heavy furniture around hardwood floors, and are found at any hardware store or Target/WalMart-type store.

To finish the playing surface, I chose a time-efficient and aesthetically pleasing Easy Button - Rust-oleum Textured Spray Paint, Aged Iron.

I thought, once sprayed, it would look a whole lot like asphalt, so once I plopped all the buildings down on it, it would look like the streets.  It looked even better than I imagined.

As I applied multiple coats, I noticed that as my spray lingered in an area, it would gradulally become lighter in color, allowing a subtle variation in tone across the entire board.  I sealed the textured spray paint with several coats of matte spray varnish.