Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Old West Terrain Board Ideas

All this cactus terrain construction has got me thinking about knocking together a proper, custom made desert terrain board for Fistful of Lead: Reloaded and other skirmish games in hot places. I normally just chuck a beige coloured cloth over a table but, now I have a half decent set of terrain pieces, I thought I might as well have a permanent but portable desert terrain board as well.

The majority of scenarios for FFofL:R are on a 3' x 3' area, so not too big to be a single square board, as long as it isn't too hefty. I could make one out of wooden battens and mdf sheet but, I thought I'd try out a 100mm x 100mm stretched artist's canvas frame, which would be very light and is designed to be painted on after a skim of acrylic medium to add some texture.

The only problem would be that the canvas is a bit 'bouncy' but with some expanded polystyrene sheet cut to size and fitted inside the frame, I reckon it would be far more rigid. It's worth a try and, if I can find a cheap one in The Works or Hobbycraft, then I think it could work really well. It would definitely be better than a cloth and I could match the texturing and colour scheme to my existing terrain.


  1. That's actually a very interesting idea. It certainly would work quite well for a smaller game surface, it might be to unwieldy for something larger though.

  2. I thought I'd try it out on a smaller sized canvas frame to see if it worked, before going for the metre squared version?

  3. Mayhap put 2 together with a piano hinge between them - might require a bit of woodworking skill but definitely an interesting idea.... portable terrain!

  4. Good idea! I hadn't thought of that. Thanks :O)

  5. He stole my suggestion! Or perhaps 4 to make a square - like 1ft sq tiles. might be easier to store that way ... actually I reckon I'm off to the works on Sunday to get some for myself!



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