Craig’s Big Autumn Project

Well here we are, summer’s over so now I need a project to keep me busy this autumn. So why not make it an ambitious one?

A while back I challenged the stalwarts on our Facebook pages to determine how many possible combinations there were if I built nine, 1ft/30cms square boards, each with a unique street layout on, in a 3×3 format. The answer was truly staggering, and a lot more zeroes that I can easily remember.

Thus I have begun creating nine such boards. Each one is hardboard, with a layer of 5mm foamboard upon it. This allows me to strip back the paper on the topside and imprint flagstones and cobblestones into the foam.

The square layouts will be geomorphic so you can put them together in any combination of streets to produce a unique part of the city/town you wish to fight across. The buildings are being made to fit each board and will be permanently mounted on them.

Each building is made of 5mm foamboard, card, and thin wood, with lift off roofs and internal floors, so the battles can rage through them as well as around them.

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Noble Knights and their retainers fight off an ambush by rascally goblins!!

In the example above you can see a square with a street down one side, and three tight alleys leading into a sheltered courtyard. Around it shall be six buildings, small and large. One space may not be a building but a walled garden/yard.

The building itself is held together with blutack for the photo. It will be completely painted and detailed before final assembly. There will also be balconies, walkways across streets/alleys and even roofways, so games can be played in three dimensions.

I will post here my progress with the project and shall be relying on you to keep me going.


About Craig

For those who need to know these things: - I'll never see 50 again. - I'm tall enough to see well in crowds and fat enough to leave a wake. - I'm well married to a woman with twice my smarts, three delightful and challenging children (er-hem), and one cat overlord. - I am Welsh. - I have to work for a living, but do nothing that makes me perspire.
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4 Responses to Craig’s Big Autumn Project

  1. StiuMac says:

    I look forward to seeing this project development further, sir!

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  2. Joe Fish says:

    Brilliant! I was going to do a couple of 2×2 arrangements, but this looks so much better!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Looking good so far.

    How did you remove the paper? I’ve tried wetting it and heating it but it still comes off in little scraggy bits and leaves gunk behind?


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