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Saturday, February 16, 2013
My battle board
Some wargames, like Hordes of the Things and Song of Blades and Heroes, don't require a whole table to play on, just a 3'x3' area. So no need to drape the entire table with green felt or a gaming mat; instead you can just bring out your own battle board to delineate the gaming area. This can be as simple as a square patch of carpet or as detailed as a wooden board, complete with attached terrain features. Me? I tend toward the less complex end of the spectrum.
My battle board was pretty simple to make. I bought a 3'x4' display board from a crafts store. They come in several colors: red, black, blue, yellow, green, and white. I purchased a green one, then went over it with several shades of green paint, along with a smattering of yellow and tan. I dabbed the colors on with a large brush, blending them across the surface.
The paint did cause the cardboard to warp, as you can see. This can be remedied by painting the other side with water, so it bends back into its original shape, but I haven't bothered. This works for me. Even though it's a foot longer than needed for my games, the creases where it folds make it easy to limit the battle to a three-square foot area. And the fact that it folds over makes it easier for transport. Does anyone else use a cardboard surface like this, or do you prefer a more durable game board?