Before we begin go and make a brew and grab some biscuits this is should be a good read.
So as you may be aware myself an James 'GI' Brewerton did a deal using the community currency idea so we would both benefit. I received a very nice Irish war band for Saga, which would also work for some Dux B as well so doubly happy.
James requested I build him a 4 Ft x 4 Ft table, that was composed of two 4 Ft x 2 Ft sections. His only stipulation was he did not want a billiard table. So here is how it was constructed and the end result.
Step one: Sketch out a rough design so you can see what you want to achieve, I have enough experience to do this directly onto the boards I am using. For a first time builder I would recommend paper and pencil as the design gets buried under the work in progress.
Step two: Using some 28 mm x 18 mm battens I began the process of framing the boards.
Step three: This is were the terrain really starts to come to life, Firstly the frames are infilled with styrene and built to the basic shape required. then all the featured are cut and sanded to their final shapes.
Step four: Lots of work with both an electric sander and hand sanding to get the plaster surface fairly smooth in order to apply the texturing.
Step 5: Base coating the boards. Taking a very dark brown I now cover the previously applied texture. I can hear you ask why I dont use sandtex paint the answer is simple, for my taste it is not as good as putting in the hard work to achieve a better finished result.
Step 6: Dry brush the boards up, using two progressively lighter shades of brown.
That is it for part 1 as you can see a lot of work has to be put into things you will never see again to get everything to look right when finished. I hope to have Part 2 ready for tomorrow or Saturday evening.