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Wednesday 28 March 2012

Let the Boards Begin!

Ok, here's a picture of the extruded polystyrene (styrofoam) that will form the basis for the Heraclea demo game at Partizan. Still need trimming up; had to cut them in half outside the builders merchant - they can't do it 'cos of 'elf 'n safety...

The boards need a river running across about a third of the way up and the rest of the surface texturing.

At the moment I'm thinking of PVA and sand with lots of paint, probably three layers working light to dark, with a liberal sprinkling of patchy static grass. Not sure wether to mix up some serious goop or stick and paint.

Any advice in methodology welcome (don't forget the river!)


  1. Wow, that's going to be a big job. Good luck!

  2. You might find this useful



  3. Hi Craig, are you going to stick them onto MDF bases? This would mean that you could later use them to extend a tabletop, like wot I do. They can be stuck on to MDF with one of the "no more nails" type glues (but pick one that doesn't melt polystyrene...).

    Cheers, Simon

  4. First advice... cut them in half to turn them into squares. Much easier to store and transport.

    Otherwise... (to prevent them from warping and to protect them)you should either go for an MDF backing or build a frame raound each section.

    Regarding the flocking itself... I guess whatever fits your taste. For the river... always carve it out since it looks much more realistic.

    Good luck with the project.



  5. Thanks for the comments and suggestions. I'd originally planned to go with a grass mat over polystyrene, changed my mind and now I think I'm going to change it back again! Decisions, decisions...