River Table project

If there is one thing I like more than painting and playing with Miniatures, it’s outdoor sports. I really like to be out there, discovering the world, hiking through dense forests, climbing mountain, canyoning and whitewater kayaking through wild rivers (not so wild I mean, I’m not really good at this actually). So when I could combine my passion for wargames with my passion for outdoor, it’s win-win!

I had this idea of making a battle table with a river in the middle but not any river. I wanted something which looks ice blue, almost like a canyon mountain river.

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My Inspiration for this table: the Karoha river in New Zealand (this specific spot was used to film the Lord of the Rings 1).
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The table is made of 2 boards of 10 mm MDF and a pine frame. Each board is 120×90 cm (48×36″).
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The left board is covered with cardboard in order to have a quite flat surface easy to play with but still keeping some relief with the road at a lower level.
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The right board is at a much higher level. It’s mainly PS foam board (insulation board) carved into the river and the roads.
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The junction between the two boards is made of two mdf strips cut a the exact topology of each board.
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The whole surface of each board was covered with rendering in order to have a uniform surface.
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The table was then painted with brown acrylic paint (I bought a 5L can of paint in my local DIY store).
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A little bit of dry brushing and water washes with the woodland scenics colors.

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Then Vinyl white glue was applied using a large brush and the static grass was poor on it. My advice: Vinyl white glue is much cheaper than PVA glue (wood glue) and as efficient for this kind of application.

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The woodland scenics grass shaker are very good for covering large area with static grass.
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I used several type of grass (static and turf) to give a more natural look to the table.
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I painted the pine frame in dark gray to give a finished touch to the table.

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