20 September 2013

Bloggers Community Currency table build ( Part 2 )

Grab another cuppa as we take the project to its completion.

Step eight: This sees work commence on the water feature.
This has to be done while the paint is still wet so you have to work fairly quickly although the acrylic base does aid in the matter and the paint does not dry too quickly. The first colour is applied generously to the perimeter and then thinned and applied over the fording sections.
it is then a matter of working with progressively darker shades blending the wet edges each time to give a perspective of depth. Taking care at the table joints to match the water up.
 Next we have to start adding some detailing before adding the water effects. So I start to add reeds in clumps of varying colour.
Now we start to pour the water effects after making a plasticard dam at each end and ensuring everything is clamped level and firmly to avoid leaking. I will be making 2 pours firstly a thin 1 to 2 mm pour which will dry in 24 hours then a full 3 mm pour to finish which will take 48 to 72 hours to fully dry.
Ok so you come back 72 hours later and it has not dried properly, yes shit happens even to those of us that use these things regularly. At this point its not to major as I had planned another step for the water in order to represent some movement.
So after some hair dryer treatment and scraping away of undried materials I then applied the denser water effect, this holds its shape and is good for sculpting small ripples and waves in the water surface. However it does not dry to a full gloss shine. You can see from the picture above how it distorts the water pattern below the surface, softening the harder edges. this will be further worked on in the next step.

Step nine: Still working with the water I now take the lightest shade of paint and thin 75 water to 25 paint and was over the entire surface, to this wet covering I then add a small amount of the mid tone and dark tone in random patches and blow it about with a hair dryer to further soften the water. Once this is dry I then apply a dry brush of off white to the rippled surface to highlight the patterning before application of several coats of gloss varnish to give a shine to it all.

Now the water has the look I was hoping to achieve with a realistic and partly turbulent flow characteristic.

Step nine: Working with the Keep It Simple Stupid principle this stage sees the table get its grass flocking.

So firstly a good coat of neat PVA ensuring the edges are well covered.
Cover the glued area with your desired flock.
Leave the flock on for ten minutes, then knock of the excess.
Then apply the above to the other half of the board. The thing here is not to rush this stage and ensure you have given the flock chance to adhere. Once you have the boards flocked leave them alone for a good few hours to allow the PVA to fully dry. Once fully dry you can brush off the excess.

Step ten: Table proofing the underside, Many of us don't have gaming rooms and plonk it straight on the dinner table. Not the wisest move if you have a good table and want to keep SWMBO happy.
 Take a large lump of good quality felt.
 Coat the back of the board with a generous amount of PVA
Stick the felt to the back of the board and trim to fit.

Step eleven: Now still working on the KISS principal we want to tart the table up without impacting on the playability.
 The addition of bushes using clump foliage along the river banks.
 Then some brightening up of the rock and scree areas.
Clump foliage, tufts and some flowers soon enhance the boards.

That is it the boards are completed.

They work with two hills creating a valley and in the second image as one larger hill with a river at its base. I am hopeful James will produce some pictures of his table in the future as my skills witht he camera in the workshop are not briliant.

This whole project is a working example of Community currency in action, For my part I utilised +James Brewerton's skill with the paint brush to produce me a Irish Saga warband, which you can view HERE. I was very pleased with this force especially as he included Thor in the wolf pack for me.
In return I built this table for him to use for his gaming needs. No money was exchanged and the deal was a happy negotiation between both parties. I just hope he likes the results as this will be the first time he has seen it.
 So you too can join in with the community currency scheme very easily, If you have something to offer in exchange for other items or use of your skills the contact James and join the scheme. Of course if anyone wants something terrain related they can always contact me directly and negotiate a trade.


  1. Very nice.

    I think James won't be too disappointed with that!

  2. Really nice! I especially like the water effect you used.

  3. Hola
    Buena mesa si señor
    El río me gusta un montón
    un saludo

  4. Well done. A very good example of community currency.

  5. A Cheshire cat does not have a grin as wide as mine ATM, simply stunning this is going to see many years of great gaming.
    Cheers buddy.

    Peace James

    1. Really dont know if I should let you have this ;)

  6. That is a great looking table. I have never seen anyone put felt on the bottom before but it is a genius idea.

    1. Normally they would not get this but I knew this was going on a dining table, and I dont want to get the blame for any damage to the surface of that

  7. That is a great job, I am enormously impressed with the table James is extremely lucky. the extra touches like the felt backing are quite impressive.

    I am unsure what you are using for for your water, is it a two part epoxy?


    1. The first part of the water is a clear acrylic water effect similar to woodland scenics the top paste is available from Vallejo simply called water effects this is the one that can be sculpted.

  8. That is just fantastic Andrew!!

  9. Very, very nice. The time I used static grass on larger areas it looked crappy, maybe I didn't left it to dry enough.

  10. A very interesting and informative read mate. Makes me want to give water effects a go.

    1. Practise on something small to perfect your method and it you will be good to go

  11. Greate looking gaming table, very impressive !!!

    very interesting tutorial !

    Have a realy nice weekend !

    Best regards Michael

    1. Cheer Michael, I intend playing WRC3 on the xbox for a large part of the weekend

  12. That looks Great buddy.
    A job very well done indeed and James is gonna love it..

  13. Thats the Dogs Danglies mate and very nice indeed.

  14. Okay, that looks damn cool, I like the river effects particularly.


  15. A very nice table, and the river is wonderful; great water efect!

  16. Absolutely stunning work there, I'm rather jealous!

  17. Excellent table, James is a very lucky fellow!

  18. I don't know how I missed this post, Andrew but the table is phenomenal! James is a very lucky man indeed. After reading this wonderful "making of" tutorial, it's still a mystery to me. Thank goodness for the Terrain Maestro!

    I broke out your roads and fields for a game of FoG this week and my buddy said he'd be putting in an order with you. Keep up the great work!


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