|My new Firestorm Armada/X-Wing Board|
Today I built myself a new board for Firestorm armada or X-Wing. I've never actually had a game board of my own, since I've always played readily at the Hampton Games Club. However, with family commitments getting tighter, it seemed that being able top play a game in the evening would be a plus, so I had a go. It also made sense that the two games I've adopted of late both need the same board. I've made plenty of terrain in the past, so I figured my skills were up to the challenge. I took some inspiration from people on the Spartan Community Board and The Way Gate.
The board was made in three sessions, like most of the club boards. I used 9mm MDF for a bit more stability. I wanted to make sure the board would play both X-Wing and Firestorm Armada, so I included a 3'x3' area for X-Wing, over two of the 2'x4' boards. A third 2'x4' section tacks on to make a 6'x4' board for Firestorm Armada.
I have prepared a brief tutorial below for how I made my boards.
|1. Mark out the outline of the smaller, 3' X-wing board. Spray white.|
|2. Apply masking tape over the white-sprayed area.|
|2b. Use a straight edge to tear the masking off to get good, clean corners.|
|3. I used a roller to put down black paint. Sprays would be a bit too costly here, I think. Afterwards, I used a toothbrush to splatter stars on.|
|4. To make some larger stars, I used a small template (~5mm)|
|6. I used spray paints to colour the playing area, using very indirect (~2' away) spraying. I used a combination of Yellow, Blue, Green and Red, in that order.|