Saturday, 1 February 2014

The Gaming Table

Memsahib is out working tonight so under the pretence of actually sorting the loft out and moving my DIY tools out of one of the bedrooms I got the time to finally flock the table.  I've used the same flock mix that I use on my bases so hopefully it will give the home side an aesthetic advantage in games!  Well, that is when I finally ever actually find the time to have a game of course!

I'm not entirely sure that the brown patches really work and I am slightly tempted to go for a uniform flocking across the whole table.  It's bloomin freezing up in the loft though so I'm going to give it a couple of weeks to really dry through and then blow all the excess off.  Actually I might gently hoover it as currently there's probably more flock on the floor than the table!

Friday, 17 January 2014

8(ish) months of silence broken

Well if there's anybody still watching/reading this blog I must apologise for being quiet for so long.  My last entry was back in May 2013 shortly after returning from an overseas tour.  Since then I got posted down South which meant a lot of travelling.  I then got promoted (which was nice) and posted a lot further south (which isn't so nice).  It's taken a couple of months in the new job to actually get a paint station set up in my room at work.  Unfortunately increased workload, much longer commute etc are meaning that I've hardly had chance to lift a paint brush in months.

On the plus side, I managed to get a few hours up in the man cave over the Christmas period and not only finally managed to finish flooring the loft but actually managed to cobble together a few left over tongue and groove chipboards and some spare bits of pine and turned it all into a 6x4 gaming table.  The photos below show before and after applying a mix of emulsion and various grades of sand.

The finish wasn't as good as I hoped so whilst away on an incredible boring financial capability management course this week I cut out to Hobbycraft in search of more brown paint and found a 500ml tube of brown poster paint for £2 (not bad but I bet Wilko's would have been half that).  So after a calming 300 mile drive I got home to Memsahib (complete with a dozen red roses) to find that she was heading out with the girls (when will I learn to turn up only when I said I would and not early?).  The upside is that the brown poster paint was mixed down with some black that I had to get a nice dark shade and then delicately applied ........... with a 4" brush.  Hopefully it'll dry enough overnight to allow me to get it drybrushed tomorrow.  I was then planning to apply my normal flock across the board and then overlay some static grass in places to add depth....... but then I realised that my flock box was in London ..... bugger.

Oh well, it's taken 18 months to get to this stage so what's another few weeks?