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Made in us
Foul Dwimmerlaik





Minneapolis, MN

After seeing CNC Workshop's nifty generic Urban Grounds terrain tiles, I figured it was a good time to start making the portable terrain board I always wanted. So I bought enough to cover a 4'x6' board (2 sets).

That was 10 months ago....

So last week I got the bug out of my butt to get started on making this thing a reality instead of sitting on hundreds of dollars worth of product and doing absolutely nothing with it.

This combined with the enormous amount of COD stuff I also bought last year, "Crusader 29" terrain from 6 years ago along with a bunch of scratch built plastic card buildings should be enough for a really packed board with enough to have options so the board isn't the same every game.

So lets begin with two sets of Urban Grounds tiles.


When these first came out, they were available for under $100 for a set (enough to cover 37" x 46.25" ) after shipping. Now they cost nearly $170 each after shipping all the way from OZ. For this reason alone, I wouldn't recommend buying these right now due to the weak american dollar. Prohibitively expensive doesn't even begin to describe these tiles at this moment.

Anyways, in each package you get two sub packs. One for 10 blank 9.25" square tiles and one for 11 various road tiles.


Constructing the blank tiles is a breeze you can do with your eyes closed.

Constructing the road tiles requires infinitely more care. You must also assemble the road tiles in the order packaged and by the directions given. This point cannot be reinforced enough as it is very easy to mix up pieces. So, take one sheet, assemble it and then move on to the next! It makes it more labour intensive, but it saves you a headache in the future.

I had to construct a squaring Jig out of legos so that I could ensure that the tiles were straight.
CNC claims that the tiles are basically perfect if you construct them according to their directions, and for the most pat this is true, but they have enough leeway that you can make something either funky crooked or strait edge straight.

So the lego Jig was a lego frame 10" square so that when I fit in the tiles, I could ensure that they were not only aligned straight, but also square.

But thats not all, as it gets even more tedious!
After assembling my first tile, I noticed that it started to warp due to the glue drying on the Masonite board.
Well, I am not going to waste a couple hundred dollars on a funky twisted up board. So I went to a buddies house who has metal shop tools and a few pieces of spare quarter inch steel sheet. I asked him to cut me a couple 12" squares of the thick sheet metal and build me a "flower press" so I can flat clamp these stupid tiles... ( I am a bit miffed as this is one thing I wasn't expecting. Having experience in cabinet making, I should have expected this, so I blame myself)


I am not going to post a bunch of pictures of the tiles, but I will link to them for you in case you happen to be interested in how they are constructed. (in the link you will see both top and bottoms of each tile)

After sanding, laborious squaring, gluing, pressing, I was able to construct 21 tiles (one pack) in about 10 hours (spaced over three days and another three days in the press to allow complete drying).

(Rhino for scale)


And here is one packages worth (2'x3') of tiles completed before adding any debris and paint.



And here is a three story COD building and a rhino to give it scale.



After all the aggravation and money spent on this, I am happy with the outcome so far. I dont recommend this type of tiles for anyone who doesn't have atleast access to a well stocked workroom though as you may find you may need more tools than originally planned.

One pack down, one to go...
The next 3'x4' pack should be much easier to do now that I have built one. I expect about three hours to be shaved off due to experience.

By the way, the building is a dice mill I built last year. You can see its thread HERE.

   
Made in us
Fixture of Dakka





North Central MA

Not quite an add for the product! It does look nice in the put together incarnation though. I look forward to seeing it with the additional detail, paint, etc.



Don't set your mind to one side.
-Nevermore
 
   
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[DCM]
Illustrator






North Carolina

Sounds like a heck of a pain in the backside. But yeah, they do look good once you did all the extra work for something that was supposed to take some of the work out >.>...

-Aaron
Illustration and Design

DA:80+S+GM(DPC)B++++I+Pw40k99+D++A++/mWD247R++T(M)DM+++++ 
   
Made in us
Fixture of Dakka





North Central MA

I can't wait for the Dakka upgrade. This version hates macs.



Don't set your mind to one side.
-Nevermore
 
   
Made in us
Foul Dwimmerlaik





Minneapolis, MN

This version doesn't like Windows either...

Anyways, I find that the one product review I saw of this on TGN was a bit too nice and didn't list the drawbacks.

In CNC Workshop's defense though, I have rather high expectations and am anal retentive. So when I build something that should be straight, it better be straight within a variance of less than 1/8" in a 6' span.
So a grain of salt should be taken, even though I am most definitely not a novice modeler.

   
Made in us
Fixture of Dakka





North Central MA

Oh I agree agree. I like the candid review. Thanks!



Don't set your mind to one side.
-Nevermore
 
   
Made in ca
Charging Orc Boar Boy




SW, Ontario, Canada

You still haven't finished your dice-mill?
Slacker.

I am excited to see the progress of this project.

The OTZone - A More Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy
doveryay, no proveryay - Russian Proverb - Trust, But Verify. 
   
Made in us
Foul Dwimmerlaik





Minneapolis, MN

Posted By Gaaargh on 11/01/2007 10:30 AM
You still haven't finished your dice-mill?
Slacker.
Words of truth.

I am much faster and proficient at building things than I am at painting them.
Hopefully, this project will give me the "OoOmph!" to get the rest of my stuff in gear.
The longer you delay something, the harder it is to get back into the swing. At least in modelling and painting.

I already have many of the tiles from the next pack built, and some Crusader 29 terrain built as well.

   
Made in us
Clousseau





Wilmington DE

Posted By Hellfury on 11/01/2007 8:07 PM
Posted By Gaaargh on 11/01/2007 10:30 AM
You still haven't finished your dice-mill?
Slacker.
Words of truth.

I am much faster and proficient at building things than I am at painting them.
Hopefully, this project will give me the "OoOmph!" to get the rest of my stuff in gear.
The longer you delay something, the harder it is to get back into the swing. At least in modelling and painting.

I already have many of the tiles from the next pack built, and some Crusader 29 terrain built as well.
QFT. It's easy to start a project, much harder to finish it (and harder even still to actually play with said completed pieces when done, as opposed to move on to the next thing!).

Can't wait to see this finished.   

Guinness: for those who are men of the cloth and football fans, but not necessarily in that order.

I think the lesson here is the best way to enjoy GW's games is to not use any of their rules.--Crimson Devil 
   
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Sneaky Kommando



Texas

What sort of pieces do you plan on adding to the board once the tiles are complete? Have you decided on a color scheme yet?

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