Evolution of the War Room

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Valaas
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Evolution of the War Room

Post#1 » Jul 28 2016 05:36

To complete my move to Advanced Tau Tactica, I thought I'd move my other big PLOG over here.

After moving into a new house last year and convincing my long suffering wife that the garage was to be my 'man cave', I hatched a plan to build the War Room a purpose built gaming room that would be my gaming groups main table. Given that all of us are now in our 30's it needed to be deluxe with everything the more mature gamer might need.

Over the next few posts I'll go through the evolution of the 'War Room' up to present time and then onward with new projects, such as Terrain, Work Bench, display cabinets etc.

So first up was to draw up some plans...

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And then looking at this and wondering where to even begin to start...

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As always comments, suggestions and questions always welcome.

Cheers,
Valaas

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Post#2 » Jul 28 2016 09:52

Everything the "More mature gamer" may need. A bar, and a television :P
Well, it looks like a solid concept. Looking forward to your progress, though it looks like you have quite the adventure ahead of you.

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Post#3 » Jul 29 2016 06:15

The fridge is essential. Then the table top then the coasters for the contents of said fridge.

Suffice to say, looking forward to the evolution of this project, been desiring a purpose built table for ages. :)

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Post#4 » Jul 29 2016 08:40

My two cents: I wouldn't put my project table next to the playing table. I'd swap it with the gaming bookshelf.

Aside from that I look forward to seeing your progress. :D

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Post#5 » Jul 31 2016 04:21

Cheers for the comments and input guys,

As I said this is a plog that's been transferred over so things have moved on quite a bit since those plans!

The work bench is now a small set of shelves (due to a concrete plinth resulting in moving the board), where the laptop sits, linked up to the wall mounted TV. The laptop is linked to my server so can pull up rules, e-codex's or just have a movie on in the background. The old glass fronted display cabinet has been sold to make way for my work bench and then additional storage cabinets on the long wall, these parts are not yet complete so you'll get them as updates once the backlog is cleared and I have actually done the work.

So first up is the beginnings of the actual gaming table:

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The table is in actual fact a frame where 2'x2' tiles can be put in place and by having it as a frame when I get to building my city board I can sink canals etc. down from the board level, to create a real 3d effect. The tiles can also be replaced with blanks, then it can be used for board games like space hulk or to give more work space.

The initial board is an 8'x4' realm of battle board with build in tile racks, shelving, a die rolling tray and lay down area:

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By saving the old kitchen table I was also able to create some in board storage....

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As always comments, suggestions and questions always welcome.

Cheers,
Valaas

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Post#6 » Aug 05 2016 02:25

This post brings us up to the current status of the War Room, everything after this is WIP and I'll post up as thinks move forward.

So the first board for the war room was the old GE realm of battle boards, consisting of 4 hill tiles, and 4 flat tiles allowing a maximum size of 4'x8' board and any combination less than that.

Painting the boards was very straighten forward, first I sprayed a chaos black under coat, then using a roller painted all the non-detailed bits using watered down Caliban Green. Once that had dried I 'Ghosted' several layers of skull white (basically spraying from about double the normal distance) on the board to create a white board, but with variations in color where the green base coat showed through. After that all the rocks and skull pits where painted up and the board was then fully flocked.

The picture show the progression and then the finished article.

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Next up on the War Room project is a load of terrain to represent Kappa base in an ongoing campaign, the backlog for this:

- On FW Imperial Strongpoint Tile
- 6 GW Containers
- 4 road sections,
- Fuel dump
- Ammo Dump
- 2 pill boxes
- An Aquilla landing pad
- 2 woods
- 3 dug outs
- Scattered boulders

Phew....a long list but I think I'll be getting some help!

As always comments, suggestions and questions always welcome.

Cheers,
Valaas

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Post#7 » Aug 05 2016 04:06

Nice! I managed to make the same deal but our garage is significantly smaller. I'd love to put in a gaming table some time (currently just a hobby room). First I would need to clean and organize the layer of bits, kits, tools and spray cans covering the entire floor but for a narrow path from door :roll: to workbench.
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Post#8 » Aug 29 2016 08:41

I know the feeling, even with the table complete its a constant battle to keep the layer of bits, kits, tools and spray cans in order!

The War Room it's self is currently on a bit of a hiatus due to a Hrrud (aka mice) infestation chewing through the central heating pipes!

However, as me and the family are in temporary rented accommodation, my boss (aka wife) issued list of DIY jobs can't be worked on until the end of September, so every night is free for some painting!

Currently working my way through a load of scatter terrain for the assault on Kappa Base scenario, which is part of an ongoing mini-campaign between the Tau and the Imp Guard (if people are interested, I can post the fluff and the details?).

Pic shows most of the terrain being worked on in their unpainted state, currently working on some rocks (complete), 6x GW armored containers (3 done and 3 to go), a fuel dump and the FW Imperial Strong Point tile (Kappa Base itself).

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Here are some WIP shots of Kappa Base more to follow.

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As always, comments, suggestions and questions welcome.

Cheers,
Valaas

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Post#9 » Aug 29 2016 12:06

This just makes me want my gaming table that much more. Excellent work so far. Is that one of the Forge World pieces for the Realm of Battle board?

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Post#10 » Aug 30 2016 04:50

Glad the War Room is encouraging some more hobby madness!

I can't wait to get back in there for the Kappa Base Assault and get the flat screen playing something suitably epic in the back ground, with some cold beers in the built in fridge!

Agentarrow wrote:This just makes me want my gaming table that much more. Excellent work so far. Is that one of the Forge World pieces for the Realm of Battle board?


Yes well spotted that is in fact the Imperial Strong Point FW produced for the realm of battle board (https://www.forgeworld.co.uk/en-GB/Real ... trongpoint) and is in fact the first one they ever did, so it has been gathering dust in my collection for some time!

I'm making good head way with it an look to have the main base coating shading and highlighting done by the end of the week but, the level of detail on it is likely to take a least another week of work to get done. Then it will have to wait until I can get back into the War Room, so I can flock it like the rest of the board.

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Valaas

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Post#11 » Aug 31 2016 07:50

Looking brilliant - what primer are you using to base the painting of the sections?

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Post#12 » Sep 05 2016 06:03

Tael wrote:Looking brilliant - what primer are you using to base the painting of the sections?


Thanks for the Feedback, it is definitely keeping me motivated :D

Tael, the steps for each section are below, though the first 2 steps are for the Forge World sections only, if its just GW plastic sections you can start a step 3:

1. Resin bath time- soak the tile in warm (not hot!) water with washing up liquid and scrub. I use an old electric toothbrush and a kitchen scrubbing brush. This is to give it a really good clean and make sure any residual mold release agents are removed.

2. Initial undercoat - I use a 'Halfords' Car Primer Grey (this is what Forge world use themselves) (basically a budget matt car primer). The reason for this is; as its resin the solvent content in GW primers is too low and can result in the paint not adhering to the model and can flake off. The car primer has a higher solvent content so sticks to the resin better.

3. Straight Chaos Black Spray Undercoat.

4. Caliban Green - spray or watered down and applied with a roller.

5. Corax White Spray undercoat - 'Ghosted' (spray from 2x the recommended distance), as many layers as you like to build up the white in places with green showing through in others.

6. Paint the details - obliviously lots of stages here!!!

7. Careful 'Ghosting' of corax white spray to soften the edges of details e.g. earth sections, and give a light snow dusting in places.

8. Flock snow areas with Woodland scenics snow flock.

9. Add realistic 'snow mush' (Water, effect, PVA, white paint and snow flock), on selected areas e.g, on top of fortifications and some edges.

As an update scatter terrain is coming along nicely, Photos are of the 99% complete fuel dump (just needs snow mush added, but I will do that in bulk over a lot of terrain pieces at the same time).

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As always, comments, suggestions and questions welcome.

Cheers,
Valaas

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Post#13 » Sep 15 2016 10:27

Just a quick update.....nothing finished yet but Kappa Base is progressing, with some new WIP shots below....

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As always comments, suggestions and questions welcome.

Cheers,
Valaas

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Post#14 » Sep 20 2016 04:24

Tael wrote:The fridge is essential. Then the table top then the coasters for the contents of said fridge.

I don't know if it's too late to make changes, but what Tael said is very true. If it were me, I would make coasters similar to the way a pool table looks, where they drop down and offer much less chance of accidental spillage onto the gaming surface.

That being said, everything looks like it's coming together wonderfully. Keep up the good work and keep us...posted...kyekekekeke. :crafty:

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Post#15 » Sep 23 2016 09:46

Just primer? Was expecting some textured primer - thats pretty defined detail on those board sections (plastic). Quite impressed.

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Post#16 » Sep 28 2016 11:19

I agree, the surface finish is fantastic for terrain. It seems better than the standard Realm of Battle board.
I will also have to keep the primer solvent content in mind for the future. I was unaware of the issue and was a bit upset when a chunk of paint flaked off of my Barracuda after such a wonderfully smooth base coat. I ended up turning it into battle damage, and I'll finish it with a sealing spray when I'm done, but it's good to know why that happened and how to avoid it in the future.

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Post#17 » Sep 29 2016 12:07

Thanks for all the comments! :D

Yup just primer...the Forge World Realm of Battle Board takes the level of textured detail through the roof and is actually another form of resin rather than plastic. I'll definitely be picking up more in the future.

Agentarrow wrote:I agree, the surface finish is fantastic for terrain. It seems better than the standard Realm of Battle board.
I will also have to keep the primer solvent content in mind for the future. I was unaware of the issue and was a bit upset when a chunk of paint flaked off of my Barracuda after such a wonderfully smooth base coat. I ended up turning it into battle damage, and I'll finish it with a sealing spray when I'm done, but it's good to know why that happened and how to avoid it in the future.


As a funny coincidence it was paint flaking off my Barracuda that prompted me to research the problem and find (actually on the Forge World Website) the solution, I remember I was absolutely gutted at the time. Ever since it has been car primer first on all resin models.

I've been travelling a lot over the last few weeks with work, so no progress on the Kappa Base tile however, I have finished three of my Munitorum Containers.....

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As always comments, suggestions and questions welcome.

Cheers,
Mike

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Post#18 » Oct 23 2016 06:32

That fuel dump and those crates look great! You really captured the industrial feel.

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