Tuesday, 5 August 2014

New Games Room finished.

The games room is now finished. Old wall knocked down and a new wall built further back to allow for a larger table, 10 x 5 instead of 7 x 5 feet. Also access all the way around the table, where as before one end was fixed to the wall. Extra lights have been fitted and 40ft of backdrop fitted all the way around the room.

Sidney, my sixteen year old son was keen to give me a helping hand.

I had to do a few repairs on the existing table surface.

The backdrop 'sky paper' is 15 inches deep so I used 8ft x 4ft hardboard cut into 3 x 16 inch lengths and fixed this to the wall using 'no nails' apart from where I had to do a double bend to cover the ugly electric meter and to still have access to the socket in the corner of the garage. For this corner I had to screw the board into some batons, which unfortunately show the shape of the screw heads through the sky paper, even though they were countersunk and filled.
As you can see, I didn't want any corners in the backdrop but used bends for a more natural look.    


With the hard board being an inch wider than the sky paper it give me a little play with lining the paper up. I just had to paint the edge white to blend in with the wall. Unfortunately there are a few creases in the paper as it was a bugger to put up and was very unforgiving.

I also built some seating and extra storage along the new wall.

Also two layers of storage under the table.

The table extension blended in to match the original table.

I have toned the green down on the table as I want to get away from that look and plan to give the surface a lot more varied look. It is a work in progress, as I will be adding some Woodland Scenics burnt and winter grass, along with some other bits and pieces.

     Here you can see the length of the table with a 28mm scale Armoured car at the far end and then taking a closer picture to see what kind of effect the table surface and backdrop have. The back drop is very subtle but I think this is not a bad thing as you don't want the eye to be drawn away from the actual subject you are photographing.

Before, I was also limited to the angle that I was facing for taking pictures of figures on my table but with the backdrop now all the way around and also covering the electric meter, it is much better.

And to finish, I have tried a couple of pictures with hills and tree's against the backdrop. Hope this has been of some use for anyone attempting to update their own games room.

A few of you have asked and I forgot to mention where I purchased the sky paper from.
I chose the 'overcast sky' but it is very subtle, so if you want a few more clouds then go for the 'summer sky'. It comes in 5ft lengths and there are four different sections that are continuous to give you 20ft of sky. 15 inches in height and you can pay a little extra to have the sticky back that you peel off and stick rather than using glue/paste. I chose this and although none messy, you have to get it right first time as it is not very forgiving.
The product is excellent value and works out about £1 a foot and John at art printers is very helpful and will give help and advice with this. 


Saturday, 19 July 2014

WW2 German Motorcycles with Side-cars(part 5). Plus New Games Room

Not the usual style pictures today as I have had to take these pictures at my work bench and not at the games table. When the new table is made, I will set the scene for these and take a few action shots. 

As you can see, here we have some 28mm WW2 German motorcycles with side-cars from Wargames Foundry and Warlord's Bolt Action range. In the picture below, the two bikes in the front are from Foundry and the two at the back are Warlord's. Both sets are a good match in scale and are a joy to paint.

I have based them on 50mm round bases from Warbases.co.uk and glued some embossed plasticard down on top for a cobbled road effect.

For a reconnaissance squad (Aufklarungs Squad), I will only actually be needing three motorcycles with side-cars, one LMG with two crew on one machine and three riflemen each on the other two but I am sure the fourth bike will get used at some point.

As I write this on a Saturday morning, the builder is in the garage building a new wall for my games room. Originally the garage was divided into two thirds game room, a wall and then one third for bike storage etc.

 I have decided to knock the wall down and use the full length of the garage, this will give me a 10ft x 5ft table with access all the way around it, instead of a 7ft x 5ft table with one end fixed to the wall and only access to three sides.

The original table with access to only three sides.

 I originally built the table quite high for an extra level of storage but I have now been able to drop the height as I will be building extra storage along the new wall.

Old table and storage.

I will do a work in progress over the next couple of weeks as I put an extension on the new table and resurface it to match the existing table. I also have 40ft of some excellent new back drop which I will be fitting all the way around the walls. I will be fitting these with no corners but using curved back boards, and they are actual photo prints of overcast sky and 15 inch deep rather than the 9 inch coloured paper that I had before.
I will be fitting extra daylight tubes in the room and also plan on upgrading the actual look of the playing surface, so hopefully you will notice a big improvement in future posts.