Usually I create a large board that is 24" by 30". Why you ask? Well I created a rolling beer cart (out of 2x2's with a privacy curtain) so I can wheel my board around at conventions. Plus it hides a cooler for liquid refreshments. The size is big, but it accommodates multiple armies that way. I just create a topper that goes over the top. Here's an example of a couple of boards that I've done this route.
Now these are great for rolling around but are too big to place on top of a gaming table, and are not able to make a road trip, let alone on a plane. Plus for a weekend tournament at a local store, they're a lot of work to get out. So I need to have something more then a sanded board, but not too elaborate.
First things first, it's important to sketch out the size. For the Nova Open, I will be flying out to DC, so it'll need to be able to be checked on a piece of luggage. Well my last big 29" bag broke on my trip to Italy so I picked up a new one. I can comfortably fit a 24" by 18" board without any issues, as long as it isn't too high.
|The "New Bag" with both wheels working!|
Things I try to take into account while making a portable display board:
- Weight. Lightweight materials are key. I've created projects before out of plaster, and it's no fun hauling from table to table or transporting
- Durability. Protecting the edges of the board is big since it will get dinged up.
- Backdrop. I need to have the board increase in height as it goes to the back to create a visual backdrop
- Versatility. For this board, the marine statues will be removable so I can use it with other winter themed boards for either 40k, fantasy, or even a different gaming system.
|Yes, I'm not a great sketch artist!|
|everything but the cobblestone|
the east coast Monday through Thursday so I'll need to put the project on hold. It's going to be a whirlwind tour of Baltimore, Long Island, Jersey & Manhattan.