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Lexan 1" grid and textures gaming surface 1 Year, 4 Months ago  
I finally had the time today to take pictures of one of my biggest RPG-related project, a dynamic system of game table surfaces mimicking several environments. I got the idea of putting the following together from reading about how the tables available from Geek Chic (link) are made and how they use acrylic sheets put over hexes or grids and textured sheets to mimic any environment you play in. This way, I saved thousands of dollars!!!

I first bought 2 clear sheets measuring 40 * 24 inches each, a dimension that covers entirely my gaming table when they are side by side. Also, these sheets fit nicely in my 10th and final Flat File cabinet drawer. I choose Lexan (a trademark name for polycarbonate) as this material is clearer, stronger and more scratch-resistant than plexiglass or acrylics. The only down side is that it is more expensive... It is available at many windows glass stores.

Using a Staedtler Permanent Black Fine marker, I drew a 1 inch grid overlay on one surface. By turning the Lexan sheet upside down, I can now draw on the other surface with color non-permanent marker (Staedtler Medium) without affecting the 1 inch grid.



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#48369
Re:Biowizard's Lexan 1" grid and textures system 1 Year, 4 Months ago  
The beauty of a transparent surface gaming table is that it allows for whatever you put underneath to show through while still allowing you to draw (and erase) directly on its surface without messing the texture underneath. I made the following 7 textures:

Black (untouched black foam board) to mimic emptiness
White (untouched white foam board) to mimic snow
Rock Slabs
Cobblestones
Barren Land (the way you would imagine the land of Moria to be)
Forest undergrowth
High Seas

I downloaded images available for free on the internet (such as here) that are seamless once put side by side. I inquired for how much it would cost to have those printed over a 40 * 48 inches surface and this was insanely pricey (more then $100 per design). I therefore played with Photoshop to assemble a bigger image being made of the same smaller images multiple times put side-by-side (2 by 3 or 3 by 5) so that once printed on a single 8.5 * 11 inches regular sheet of paper (i.e. A4 for our European friends), it would cover the biggest surface area possible. After several contrast and lighting changes, I printed those images on a regular printer up to 24 times, to cover the huge surface I needed. Then, I painstakingly trimmed the white borders of those images using a hobby knife, a ruler and a cutting board so that once trimmed, two printed images put beside each other would be seamless. This took forever... I'm a crazy scientist after all. I then bought black and white 1/8 inch foam board cut to 24 * 40 inches and glued the printed images onto them. To do this, I used 3M Super 77 multi-purpose adhesive spray glue.

To show what the final product looks like, I assembled the following simple setups.

Black:



White:

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Re:Biowizard's Lexan 1" grid and textures system 1 Year, 4 Months ago  
Rock Slabs:



Cobblestones:



Barren Land:



Forest undergrowth:



High Seas:

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#48371
Re:Lexan 1" grid and textures gaming surface 1 Year, 4 Months ago  
Very clever and beautiful. Thank you for sharing this and other projects with us. I always look forward to reading your detailed posts
Where did you find your trees from. Im looking to pick some up soon.
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I would love to see the following sets in the future...
Ice caverns expansion set 2
Hellscape expansion set 2 (lava lake, rivers, lava falls)
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#48372
Re:Lexan 1" grid and textures gaming surface 1 Year, 4 Months ago  
Thats really useful.It Keeps the map underneath flat and thats great when using a large map.I might have to "barrow" this idea from you Sir.Perhaps break out the old Dundjinni map making software to make custom floors the size one may need and build the DF on top of that.Rivers of fire or slime would look pretty cool. Thank you for posting this.
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#48374
Re:Lexan 1" grid and textures gaming surface 1 Year, 4 Months ago  
Very very cool!

For the things you have printed underneath, have you looked into Dundjinni?
It can lay down tiles of lots of different patterns with easy variation. Prints correct size grid, which is easily changeable in terms of color, thickness, etc. You can pretty much import and png file into the program and tile it. Great program.
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#48375
Re:Lexan 1" grid and textures gaming surface 1 Year, 4 Months ago  
Biowizard, you are one meticulous and patient fellow! What a great idea and spectacular result! It looks great, the choice of backgrounds is superb, and it's portable! How much does each Lexan sheet weigh?
Congrats on an excellent project.
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#48394
Re:Lexan 1" grid and textures gaming surface 1 Year, 4 Months ago  
jgardner44,

I guess you already read this?

Vlad Taltos & Harneloot,

I did not know about Dundjinni until you told me about it. It would probably make printing textures the right size easier. Unfortunately, the textures I saw from the trial size version of this software look like they have been drawn. The textures I used are the real deal since they are actual photos of real rocks, leaves, earth, sea waves... It would probably be useful as Vlad proposed for smaller uses such as roads, rivers and the likes... interesting!

Arcarius2001,

The Lexan sheets are relatively light, about 4-5 pounds each. They would fit easily in a car or behind a cabinet. I would suggest to use an appropriate storing solution such as the flat file drawers I use, especially for the foam boards. These can easily be damaged by bumps and you don`t want corners of the textures you pasted on it to curl on their corners.
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#48410
Re:Lexan 1" grid and textures gaming surface 1 Year, 4 Months ago  
Your idea is fantastic. I once used what I call "foils" but most folks call overhead projector sheets to create a grid and lay it on top of my DF blank water pieces so we could measure swim distances. Your idea is 100x better than that. I am going to borrow this. Thank You for Sharing.

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#48416
Re:Lexan 1" grid and textures gaming surface 1 Year, 4 Months ago  
Does anybody have some good lava textures they would recommend to go with the hellscape set.
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Currently designing modular elven city,modular sewers, dwarven ruins, custom cavern elements, ice caverns, and towers.

I would love to see the following sets in the future...
Ice caverns expansion set 2
Hellscape expansion set 2 (lava lake, rivers, lava falls)
Cavernous Rivers expansion waterfall
 
#48420
Re:Lexan 1" grid and textures gaming surface 1 Year, 4 Months ago  
This is not that bad for lava:



Do a Google image "lava seamless" search and you'll find it. In fact, do a Google image "pretty much everything seamless" search and you might easily find what you want...
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#48421
Re:Lexan 1" grid and textures gaming surface 1 Year, 4 Months ago  
Are those erasable markers dry or wet?
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