This will be the final work in progress post with regards to the gaming boards and comes about due to a much needed sort out of the photographs I had taken just before lockdown. It seems strange looking at them again now, especially as the four boards have not been in the same room since December. The opening set of shots detail the finishing touches on the first two boards with item like the log cabin, electricity substation and ground cover all in situ.
We then move on to the final two boards and some interesting design elements had to be considered, most notably the shape cut out of one. As the scale and height of the castle became evident we started to worry about the playability of the game, particularly at Salute. It was painfully obvious that players, certainly those that were small of stature, would struggle to access the miniatures on the castle walls from the far side of the board. So it is that we have the rather fetching organic shape towards the rear of the castle. This board also holds one or two other surprises for no other reason than we were starting to feel more confident in the construction methods used. To that end the mountain stream continues, but is polluted by the sewage drain from the castle. Needing a place to forge the stream without penalty, I also constructed a simple stone bridge out of scrap pieces of foam and then there is the dinosaur fossil. A complete fabrication and fanciful element, but everything is better with dinosaurs, right?
Te final board is, in effect, the base of the castle itself and if you look closely you can see a yellow tissue paper template that represents the structure's footprint. I hinted at the remains of the medieval predecessor to the current Schloss with more foam pieces and both areas are tied together with trees that match the same pattern and colours used in the original boards.
I really can't explain just how excited I am to see all four boards reunited and populated with the completed miniatures. It will be an opportunity to see what finishing details are required, but also to reflect on what has been a very strange and unforeseeable journey.
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