Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Sectional Terrain Planning
The goal will be to have these completed to use during my two games I'll be putting on at Historicon this summer (July 16th - 19th) in Fredericksburg VA.
I'm trying to plan this out as best I can so as not to meander during the build process when some shiny concept pops into my mind. I really like making terrain but can be a but undisciplined about it and that's not so good when there's a schedule to keep.
The basics of the terrain sections will be 1/4 in luan or maple plywood bottoms with a 1x2 pine box frame attached to provide stability. There will also be a 1x2 piece (laid flat) running through the middle if the frame for the larger 2x4 foot sections. I've already built (but not added scenery) the 5 2x2 sections so at least construction concept has been tested. To provide a bit more stability when in use, I will be adding some rare earth magnets to "bind" the sections together. Using magnets limits the ability to combine sections given the requirement that + only go with - but I think the gain in stability is more than worth that tradeoff. (Be prepared for me to constantly screw up the polarity alignment during construction, it's just inevitable).
I've priced out the cost of materials for each 2x4 sections as follows
Lumber (1, 2x4 plywood sheet & 2 1x2 8' lengths of lumber) $19.59
Foam (2 2x2 1" foam project panels) $ 8.84
Magenets (6, 1 on each short end & 2 on the long sides) $ 0.90
Scenery Materials (flock, plaster paint, etc) $10.00
Total cost per section $39.33
Total cost for 8 2x4 sections $314.64
Scenery costs for existing 2x2's $ 27.25
Total Project Cost $341.89
Cushion (i.e. screw-up factor) $158.11
Total Budget $500.00
Sunday will see the project started as that's when all the needed lumber will be purchased. I think I have most of the other materials "in-stock" but I suspect there will be some things that will still be to be purchased. I'm really looking forward to getting started on this project. There will also be some side projects for additional terrain (roads, forrest and some hills). At least all the mini's I need for the game are all painted up.
One of the bigger decisions I have is what color to make the sea side of the sections. I'm leaning towards a blue-gray with hints go green but lets remember my EPIC FAIL on selecting a water color last year: