Long time lurker first time poster, so be kind please?
Okay, so I have been playing Warmachine & Hordes off and on since MkI and have a number of different forces, but in general would describe myself as more of a painter than a gamer (i.e. I tend to loose a lot more games than I win!), anyway, with a job, a small kid and another on the way time for hobby type activities has been dwindling over the past year. As such, after reading some of the brilliant forum posts on this site, combined with a good friend of mine moving in around the corner, I decided to make my own gaming board in the garage.
I wanted to take this opportunity to share a mini-blog on the state & progress of the project and hope you guys can provide inspiration to help me actually complete this. Bearing in mind that I haven?t performed any form of carpentry since I was in school I am unsure how the whole project will work out, but I shan?t let that deter me!
The basic plan is to clear out my garage and construct a wall mounted folding 6?x4? table. That allows for a standard 4? game with storage space for cards, dice, models, Tea (being a Brit, that is paramount) and biscuits. It also allows me to upscale to Unbound games at some point (hopefully!)
I?ve made a start over the past week, so will give an update on where I am to date. I spent a day emptying the contents of my garage and it appears that the former owner had an obsession with keeping old carpet, but that is all gone now and after three trips to the local dump, we are all cleared out ? my son kinda ?helped? ? all those with young kids will know where I?m coming from here?.
Okay next job is starting work on the board itself. Basic plan is two folding sections (4?x3?), centrally hinged and wall mounted. I had a plan, but it got lost, sorry. I started by putting together two frames out of 1.75? wood. I used internal corner brackets simply screwed to the inside of the joints to hold the pieces together as I vaguely remember someone once saying that screwing into the end of wood leads to splitting ? duh! These were pretty wobbly, so I added an extra supporting joint in as you can see in below:
Next job was to wall mount the baton that would be used as the main hinge & would bear all the weight. I discovered that the wall wasn?t actually straight, so an hour of bashing bricks sorted that out. I used 4 mammoth screws and that baton isn?t going anywhere!