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#13668
Pirates of the Spanish Main gaming table project... 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
O.k.--this has nothing to do with Dwarven Forge and my first attempt at posting this failed as my machine crashed in the middle of my post so here goes...

I've been working when and where I can over the past several weeks on this Pirates gaming board for my basement. I was inspired by a guy over on the Wizkids Pirates forums. He made a really nice looking play area as a custom commission and I thought, "Hell, I can make that." So I did.

The play area is finished for the most part. I'm planning on adding some custom made islands (from pink insulation foam) and I may add some rhumb lines to the acrylic but if I do, I'll try to have them done as adhesives that I can remove if necessary. I was going to airbrush them on the underside of the acrylic but I didn't want them to be permanent.

At any rate, you can see the table here:
purgatorio.com/gameroom/pirates/

Enjoy. Comments, suggestions, and feedback are always welcome.

-Dante
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#13669
Pirates of the Spanish Main gaming table project... 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
That is very, very nice!

For the lines I would suggest either grease pencil or dry-erase markers. I use them on my acrylic gaming board with no problem (but due to the uniqueness of this I would suggest testing the dry erase in a small area just in case).

ALso, I would purchase a set or two of the Gale Force 9 Islands for Pirates if you do not want to make them from STyrofoam. They are the same size and shape as the cardboard islands and are considered "official".

The islands are here:
www.gf9.com/store/default.php?cPath=50&osCsid=59a6ffa21b7feb2b3ef4210e7e098bf4

They are pricey but are absolutely beautiful- plus any island purchase means you can get the WizKids approved, tourney legal Gale Force 9 pirate ship.
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#13670
Pirates of the Spanish Main gaming table project... 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
Hi, Blackhawk.

Thanks for the compliment and the suggestions. I wish the colors would have come out a bit better in the photos--the rope molding came out really nice. I did a dark, chocolate brown wash and then dry brushed it with several coats of tans, up to white. The finished look was great.

I also airbrushed the plywood with successive layers of blues from dark to light and then I mixed a custom blue-green to give the board a nice, deep watery look.

I think that dry erase or grease pencils would come off during play with people moving their ships around and what not. If I used pinstripe adhesives, I could remove them relatively easily from the acrylic if I wanted to re-do them or get rid of them completely.

I've seen the Gale Force 9 islands. They're o.k. but too pricey for what they are. They basically took a set of the WK Pirates islands and added some foam, flock, and sand. They're great for legal tourny play and for most players but I want to make some custom islands for my table--a little bit bigger and a bit more detailed. Plus, I get the added satisfaction of building everything from top to bottom so I'm really looking forward to the "next phase." ;-}~
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Pirates of the Spanish Main gaming table project... 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
Yeah- GF9 is kind of up there.

Actually all you really needs is the "footprint" of the "legal" islands made out of thin wood or siome such and then build them up as you saw fit. I've played some pirates and also agree the islands are rather small.

You could even make some reefs and size them as to what size ships can sail right over them while others would run aground and so on. The thoughts are endless!
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#13672
Pirates of the Spanish Main gaming table project... 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
Dante -

BEAUTIFUL job on the table!
Funny thing; Sandy has a couple sets of the Pirates! card-ships; we've never really done anything with them, but they are nice. What was funny is that we actually got one ship that was either printed or punched wrong, which I think would make it a highly collectible item, as far as the Pirates! sets go.
On the islands question; have you considered using ..625" styrene as a base, then adding beach/grass/hills to it?

See ya!

Jim
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#13673
Pirates of the Spanish Main gaming table project... 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
Hey, Jim. Thanks. I'm pretty happy with the table so far.

I hadn't thought about using styrene but that's something to consider. I've got a huge sheet of this pink, 2" insulation foam in my garage that I use for terrain projects from time to time so I thought since it was on hand I'd use that. I was going to mount the islands to some thin (1/8th inch maybe? Maybe thinner if I can find it) plasticard to keep the foam from warping. I thought since you can get the plasticard in colors like Invicibleoverlord uses (if I'm thinking of the correct stuff), it would look cool to have the plasticard overlap the edges of the islands by an inch or so to make it look like a shoreline.

You guys know of any good online sources for plasticard like IO uses? References would be greatly appreciated.
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#13674
Pirates of the Spanish Main gaming table project... 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
Dante -

Precolored plastic is going to cost arms and legs; just airbrush (or spray can, or brush!) a sand color on styrene - Evergreen and Plastruct both make styrene in stock sizes of 6"x11", and Evergreen also has 12"x24" sheets by special order - see your FLHS, they should be able to order it if they don't stock it. And, it's available in thicknesses from .010" all the way to .25" - and I don't know about YOU, buddy, but 1/4" thick styrene is one HELLUVA thick piece of plastic to work with; I built the Castle using 1/4" for wall cores, and I can damn near STAND on that thing! And at 225 lbs., that's NOT a simple task.
So, I wouldn't bother with buying special precolored plastic; you'll probably wind up buying Plexiglas, which is bloody expensive.

See ya!

Jim
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#13675
Pirates of the Spanish Main gaming table project... 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
Hi, Jim. Actually, plastruct is exactly what I was trying to remember the name of (I think I said "plasticard"...). If I remember correctly, that's what IO uses for his pools of "water" and again, if memory serves me well, you can get plastruct in colors (see the sheets in this post for what I'm shooting for: www.dwarvenforge.com/dwarvenforums/viewtopic.php?id=1059).

I'm heading out to a couple of hobby stores today to see what I can get off of the shelf for the island "bases". I'll let you know what I find!
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#13676
Pirates of the Spanish Main gaming table project... 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
Dante -

You're right; it's their water sheet, and it's available in clear and in blue-tint.
I grabbbed a bunch of it when I was planning to build a 1/700 fleet set, then sold the ships, and now I have enough water to flood my game table (4'x8')!

To quote our German friends, Gluek Auf!

See ya!

Jim
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