I am predominantly interested in the sea and air parts of the game. For a while I was content with an old blue sheet thrown across the table top - this was enough! And then, as so often happens, one stumbles across something someone clever has done on the internet. In my case it was the following YouTube video:
Thoroughly inspiring stuff for an intrepid explorer feeling his way back into the miniatures game hobby.
So with little forethought and a similar level of planning I decided to try and do the same myself.
Firstly I was in need of the actual board - no sooner had this realisation popped into my head than I was at the local Bunnings (hardware) store looking for required materials. I bought two 2x4ft pieces of particle board, as well as the other sundry items featured in the excellent video above.
I undercoated these with some help...
|Work minion! Ahh, this is what having children is all about!|
A week later, when the weather seemed more appropriate to the drying requirements of paint (tricksy stuff), I base coated the boards with an acrylic blue, then using a torn sponge the lad and I added some turquoise, then a smattering of light blue, and finally a very small amount of white - we were trying for a stippled effect - at least I was. The minion was simply belting it on.
|...and light blue...|
|...and the painting element is done.|
Once the glass coat had been painted on with a brush I dabbed it with a dry sponge to add a stippling effect and to make sure it didn't simply dry ultra smooth like it's meant to.
Overall I'm very happy with the result. If I had my time again I think I would use a thicker paint for the base, and perhaps roll it on. I'd choose a slightly lighter mid-tone (rather than turquoise) and be more sparing with the lightest (white). All that said, I won't be rushing out and making another table tomorrow, I'm very happy with how it's all come together. Hopefully I'll get a game in very soon, and have a chance to see what it looks like with islands, ships and flying... things... all over it.
Thanks Viv for the inspirational YouTube vid. Mine isn't a patch on your tables, but is miles better than the old blue sheet!