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02-10-2010, 03:44 PM
How big of a display board is big enough? Is geting a 2x2' board(a quarter of a WM/Hordes gaming table) as a nice display for minis too big or small? Would 1x1 be too small?
I am planning to make it tiered with a waterfall and a pond going down the middle, with the main piece in the pond (depending on how deep, part of the mini will be submerged along with his base).
Any ideas on the right size to use? I don't think there will be more than 100pts of models at any given time on it, and there may not even be more than 50 pts worth, mostly beasts.
02-10-2010, 03:50 PM
one by one should be perfect for a diorama maybe more depending on the scope of the scene
02-10-2010, 03:54 PM
if the purpose is to have a great looking demo board privateer press's demo boards ae 2" by 2". i myself prefer something a bit larger, 3" maybe a tad smaller, is my ideal demo board size.
if that is mk2 points good luck :P i assume a around a battle box a side.
but if you don't plan on playing on it and its just for display i would say 2" by 1" or 3" by 1" with a background painting to give the illusion of depth.
I think you mean 2'x2' ( ' is feet; " is inches). A 2" x 2" board would be pretty small... ;)
Not really sure what you mean by display board, but you could probably do something like 1' x 1.5' for a decent "display". I've seen dioramas/displays done as small as 6" x 6", but it really depends on how many models you want to shove on there and in what kind of poses.
02-10-2010, 04:15 PM
Well, I intend on it holding an army rather than a scene or a couple figures. I don't intend on changing any of the poses or the sizes of any of the models.
By display board I mostly mean, a board that can look like a peice of a table by itself and then really good with the models(besides making the models look nicer). There will be sand, flock, and an assortment of foliage for the models to nestle around in. The other question I guess should come to mind is how close together I mind them being. Aside from the center model, I don't think I mind certain ones being an inch or so apart.
Here is a list of some of the models planned to be on the board:
Thagrosh the Messiah (center piece)
Warspears (full unit)
Sorceress and Hellion
That's basically 50pts. There would be slightly more for a 75pt, but doubt that I'll ever need it for up to or more than 100pts.
I would say go 16x20 inches. If you're not going to have a lot of the space taken up with terrain features, you should have plenty of room for models, and the board will still be a manageable size.
I've made ones like this in the past a bunch, and that size has always worked well for me.
02-10-2010, 04:28 PM
The terrain plan for the board, as I said a 'waterfall' and pond at the bottom, down the center...then its a jungle, so there will be trees, and lots of little plants(maybe not so many little plants, the bases will be well adorned). The pond will have rocks around it, and some in it perhaps. The rocks will have enough space to put some small based models on them (Forsaken, other warcasters, Shepherd, or perhaps even the Harrier).
I'll try out the 16x20 size and see what I can come up with (hooray for leftover giant sheets of art paper)!!
The pond will be around 5" wide, to allow space around the model for the pond to dip and so it doesn't look like he's in a kiddy pool. I am going to try to find some little fish toys/figures to stick in the water to give it some "life". The waterfall/river will probably be no more than 2" wide so there should be plenty of room around that.
Yeah, doing a paper mock-up will save you a lot of headaches later. I make terrain for a living, and I end up saving all my mock-ups that worked out, and turning them into templates for later use.
02-11-2010, 03:47 PM
just a note if u use real water remember that if not sealed properly it can remove water based paints and or destroy super glue after a while but i used a small filter sybmesable pump and real water on a dnd table and the running water fall was awsome
02-11-2010, 05:19 PM
The display boards I made were 8" wide and 12"-18" long. Making them that size fits nicely on standard shelves.
You can see them here (http://www.twilightemporium.net/gallery/warmachinehordes/).
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