|The start of a new level|
We wanted to have a multi level board which is flexible and transportable. Living in the country, our demo game events will always be elsewhere, which means we have to transport our men and scenery in the car and our home is a busy place which means we have to store everything away.
Our solution? Make a multi level board with sections.
Start with a large block of Polystyrene Foam. 100mm (4in) x 600mm (24 in) x 1200mm (48in) cost $47.85 each from Clarke Rubber. Laid flat, this gives us an upper level of 4 inches high. To strengthen and protect the sheets we painted them with a grey paint.
The next challenge was to make a way to get from the lower level to the higher levels. This could be by stairs or a roadway or a bridge. Also, we needed an edge to the upper level with a wall to fire over.
|A basic 6in (15cm) section|
Start with solid insulation foam (we obtained ours from Austech, although we picked it up in person). 25mm (1in) thick probably allows for the most options in building. The edges of the foam are cut so they can be joined together when laying them as insulation. This worked out to be the perfect wall height and thickness.
Using my less than precise modelling skills, I cut the foam so it levelled up with the 100mm white foam edges. Then I cut a similar width piece for the ground level.
|Stairs are for running up and down.|
To create a simple stairway, I cut an appropriate sized bit of foam and hacked some stairs out. At the top of each stair I glued some craft sticks. Initially I was going to use the craft stick for the edge but it looked poor. So I used Foam Core card and made an appropriate edge and railing.
In this stairwell, I thought it would be nifty having an opening under the stairs for a store room of sorts. So I cut in the opening and stairs and added a spare door from one of our 4Ground buildings.
Then we got more creative.
|Should I go Left or right?|
I then painted the whole thing completely. When painting scenery we just get sample pots from the paint or hardware store. In Australia Haymes sample pots are great quality and good value: 500ml for about $8.55. You can get them in any colour and they cover all sorts of material - wood, MDF, cardboard and foam.
Once painted, I went the lazy man route and applied printed stonework, the same way we did for the cobblestone roads.
|Brick and stonework - looking fine.|
As you can see from the photos, the less than precise cutting of the foam meant there are some gaps between pieces. But I am not overly concerned. The end result is still quite satisfactory.
The next challenge was to provide a way for vehicles to move between levels.
One of the large white poly sheets we cut in two. This meant 2 x 2ft squares. On the edge of one we cut a slope one inch up (to match the edge of the insulation foam) and back 18 inches. This gave us a suitable slope.
|The end of the road.|
I made sure that this was solid as I could still place this square upside down and have a normal edge too, allowing me to have a road or not depending on the board requirements.
The road edge was more insulation foam cut accordingly, painted and then brick and stone work added.
The only thing remaining is to make some walls bordering the ramp using thick cardboard and more brick and stone paper.
The end result looks pretty cool.
|More corners to hide around|
I am sure if you adopted a more careful approach and cut each piece of foam accurately they would fit together much better. However the concept works great with relatively little effort to get great results.
|Lots of places to take cover.|
|4 foot of heightened goodness.|