|Outbreak City at Eastern Front 2011 - Unfinished, but the foundation is there.|
I take most of my 'new toys and figures' photographs on a 2' by 4' section of city board I build a few years back and for games, I use a 4' by 4' board built for a Lord of The Rings 'Shadow and Flame' campaign. Fine for getting the project off the ground and getting some games in but I really wanted to create a new gaming surface dedicated to Modern Zombie gaming.
All Things Zombie is normally played on a 3' by 3' table but to ensure the game didn't look out of place in the context of a big hall next to other large-table games, I decided on a 6' by 4' layout.
Inspired by this EPIC teaser shot from The Extraordinarii and I had a good idea of what I was after.
|The Extraordinarii's amazing 'Small Town USA' layout.|
I trimmed some A4 paper to scale and began sketching and after a few calculations I set off to the local hardware stores, B&Q and Homebase here in the UK, to buy some timber.
They conveniently sell 6mm MDF in 3' by 4' sheets, and I selected 38mm deep softwood to batten the sheets.
|One board down.|
I created the batten frame and everything was glued and screwed with all every drill hole counter-sunk.
|The batten frame.|
I only have one old drill, on a cord, so I had to switch the drill bit and counter-sink back and forth, using a chuck-key for every individual drill hole. My advice; buy or borrow a paired cordless drill set (that's my future plan) and have them set up ready, it will save loads of time.
|3 completed base-boards.|
Something that bugs me about modular gaming tables is when you accidentally knock them (and I tend to do that) and they shift out of alignment.
To stop this I drilled holes through the battening in every side so that the boards could be fixed together.
|Guide holes for linking the boards.|
I used a slightly larger than necessary drill bit for these holes to accommodate for unevenness in the boards and my inability to measure drill holes correctly. It worked out fine.
To be continued...
All Things Zombie