The first thing I should note here is that before you walk down the road to the art shop to buy some terrain materials … make sure the bloody shop is open. I walked down on 1 May 2011 and that is, of course, the May Day holiday in Singapore. The art shop is open seven days a week and only closed on public holidays. It did not matter that the day was Sunday – it was the public holiday.
I am wondering whether to try again on the 2nd or wait a few days.
Anyway, the bill of materials – not counting the armies. I need to get a game board, something to make some hills with, something to make a waterway with as well as provide for rivers, roads, woods, marshes, rough areas and maybe dunes.
|Game Hardware Needed||Item to Purchase||Comments|
|Game Board||Pre-stretched canvas||Buy 2 to allow for big battle games later|
|Game Board Colour||Mid green acrylic paint||Cheapish green paint for the surface – possibly also a lighter colour for highlighting|
|Hills||Styrene Sheet||Will add something to the third dimension|
|Woods||Small Trees||As I recall, the art store had some small trees that can be used to populate a woods – failing that, order mail order from China|
|Balsa||Balsa sheet needed to provide a base for the trees to stand|
|Green Felt||This will be used to outline the ground area of the woods|
|Waterway||Cardboard or similar||As the waterway is a large area feature, something flat will be needed to model it|
|Blue acrylic paint||For painting the waterway – some highlight colour as well as shore colour will be needed|
|River||Blue Felt||Blue felt to cut in strips to make river sections|
|Marsh||Blue Felt||The same blue felt can also be used to mark the ground area of marshes|
|Road||Brown Felt||Brown felt to be cut in strips to make roads|
|Lichen||Some lichen as well to add some texture to the marsh|
OK – that is the shopping list for the game board hardware. The next instalment will cover the armies selected.