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#21254
Grass Grid 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
Well i was going to take some how to build it pictures, but i was having a devil of a time with my digital camera last night. I think after like 5 years my rechargable batteries have died. I have discoverd i have done a number of things which were very bad for them in that 5 year time repeatedly and so i think i killed them, they just won't hold a charge for any length of time and more, so must buy some new ones, and better ones :)

So no how to, unless people really want it, but i was able to do some closeups of the ones made.

Which will follow.

How to make the grass grid, and it is really easy, and credit must largely go to one of the players in the group who didn't like the way the ones i have been doing warped, so he came up with a better way to get the lines on it, and i found a good way to stick them down.

Here goes.

Supplies:
Sharp hobby knife
Ruller
Pencil
Glue (either wood gue or other PVA, white style is best other types eat the foam)
Foamcore (3/8 inch is the perfect size for DF height, however it is very hard to find, 1/2 is far easier to find, but what can work pretty good is 2x 3/16 on top of each other.)
string (i am useing 20lb hemp i got at Michaels when i bought the foam core)
Sparymount
Spray paint
Static grass

Take your foam core, at what ever size you want (i am using 10x10 cut from a 20x30 sheet of foam core), and mark off in inch intervals ticks on ech of the outer edges.
Cut a line all the way along the full length of the thin edge (ie the 3/16. 3/8 or 1/2 inch side) at each 1 inch mark.
Take sections of your string a bit longer than what ever is you dimmesnions of the board (ie if you are using 10x10 about 11 inchs works well)
Glue down one end of the string on the underside of the foamcore, pull it snug into the notch, and glue in place.
Stretch it across to the notch on the other side, and keeping it relativly tight glue it to the notch on that side, and to the under side.
Reapeat till you have a grid formed.

Spray with Spraymount, and paint (lightly).
You can wait a bit betwee mounting, holding the string down, and the paint, or do it together so far i haven't seen a difference.
The spray mount and paint will help to stick the string down and so will the paint, as well as giving it the same base collor as the ground under the grass.
Sprinkle with static grass, or other terrain stuff from the model shop.
give one more quick once over with the spray mount to lock everything down.
let dry.

Game one it


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#21255
Grass Grid 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
Thanks!

Very Kool indeed!
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#21256
Grass Grid 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
Looks good!
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#21257
Grass Grid 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
Ghenghis,

You just solved a problem for me that I have been working on for years. We actually tried once to soak the string in lime green paint and "chaulk" mark the foam core after it was painted. However eventually through wear and tear it looses it's visibility. I would imaging string does not loose it's visibility as it sits on top of the board. I never thought of that. Great Idea. I can not wait...

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#21258
Grass Grid 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
Nor had i Shadox, i have made about 6 different 10x10 outdoor boards, and had a devil of a time getting a grid, what i ahd ended up using was foamcore and cutting into it, which was actually pretty labor intensive, and if you messed up you ruined the board, not to mention the fact that if you spary it and coat it in Static grass you tend to loose the cut lines. But it was the best thing i could come up with. So i ran with it for a bit. One of my players never really liked it, becuase at certain angels it could be hard to see, and they tended to warp.

So he set about trying to find a better way, and he came up with the idea of string. I at first thought of trying the chaulk line idea as well, but he was like no just stick it on... it was so simple it was hard to figure out. but we were both a little hesitant of using glue to keep it in place on the board becuase of the warpage factor. I new from making poster presintations for work, and card-stock modeling that spray mount works pretty good at keeping stuff down, so i brought that to the project.

And assembled the parts and tried it. Works pretty good. I can image this would work well with the baking soda snow, and just about any other terrain out there.
I now just have to find some cheap 3/8 foamcore. The 1/2 inch is a bit thicker than i like. And putting two 3/18 on top of each other i think may be a problem with warpimg. I have seen 3/8 online, but they only sell it in packs of 12 for $100+... not sure if i will use That much.
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#21259
Grass Grid 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
Well, you could do the big order, make a ton of it, and sell the rest on Ebay...
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#21260
Grass Grid 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
Nice idea... seen Darkfather do something very close but he didn't do the static grass bit to cover the strings color. Great idea. Now I'm going to have to build one of theses. thanks it looks awesome!
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#21261
Grass Grid 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
Really cool!

The last picture looks like something the pilot of a small plane would see if he'd spent too much time looking at maps before taking off....

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#21262
Grass Grid 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
I would imagine the only problem here might be mini stability if using metal minis. Some would probably have a hard time standing if the base doesn't fit in between the string perfectly. Probably not a big deal though, looks great.
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