Time for a little origin story:
While we were at PAX East with Clockwork Cove we got the chance to meet Mike (Gabe) from Penny Arcade. As most of you probably know his group of friends are avid players of Warmachine/Hordes. He mentioned the possibility of commissioning a table from us and we would bring it to PAX Prime. We of course leaped at the chance to do it. This thread will contain pictures, tutorials and info on the table we made.
Ok so a bit after PAX East we started to brainstorm about ideas mostly based on what we didn't like about Clockwork Cove. It is not terribly easy to move around and is not very modular. It has a ton of water (at least compared to what most players want). The electronics were cool but were too complicated and fragile. It didn't have enough variation in texture on the board itself or enough detail. Lastly, even with all the water it lacked elevation terrain (hills and trenches).
So how would we address these things? After talking to Mike and his gaming group we knew we would switch from 4'x2' sections to 2'x2' sections. This would help with transport and modularity. We would have the illusion of pools of water that could be simply "wet ground" instead of shallow or deep water. We would simplify the electronics and run them off batteries. We would use more than just beans and wooden tiles. And to cover that last one we came up with (what we think) is a pretty innovative idea. We would cut holes into the table and create inserts that could be flat, hills, or trenches. Then the table could be customized not only in orientation and location of the 2'v2' parts but by where the inserts were placed.
Here are our mock-up images:
Pretty simple I know but you have to start somewhere.
Now how is this Corvis inspired? Well Corvis is known to be a very old city with lots of sinking ruins and dark alleys. It would also be fairly soggy because of the rivers running through it. We collected some pictures for inspiration:
Were we able to pull this look off? Stick around and find out (as I upload more pictures)