|Hex sheet cut to the size of the arena|
I also had to considered the orientation of the hexes .
I used eight sheets of pre-printed A3 hex sheets (gleaned from BoardGame Geek an re-sized) and glued them together into a large sheet.
The hex paper was roughly 'tacked' to the foamboard base (one and a half sheets of A1) using some pva and the real work began.
Starting in the centre hex I worked my way to the outside of the floor, a circle of hexes at a time.
I did the corners of each hex, in each of three directions, before connecting them with a cut along the edges, which I could do four at a time using a ruler.
The photograph on the right clearly shows the indentations made at the vertices of the hexes and some of the later cuts.
Some of the cuts made with the craft knife were very shallow as I didn't want to cut through the foamboard base. Those that I thought were too shallow I went over with a pointed stylus-type too, which opened up those hex sides that weren't defined enough.
|Arena, now with added hexes!|
The hexes were by no means perfect
but they are distinct enough and accurate enough there's no confusion over them.
After gluing down the foamboard as centrally as possible onto my base board, the next step was to undercoat the hexes with matt black spray (Poundlandworld special).
They were then coated liberally with slightly thinned pva and sprinkled with a sand (again a very thin layer).
The foamboard also had some 6mm beading glued to its edges for strength and finish.
This resulted in a 1mm lip around the whole board to which filler was applied.
Unfortunately I didn't manage to take any photographs of these latter stages of the build.
And that's it for this week and if you're following this blog then thank you and I hope you're taking something from it.