I have finished my display board for my Lord of the Ring Angmar army. I will be playing in the Gathering in the Desert independent Lord of the Rings Grand Tournament at the end of the month. My painting scores in the last couple of events I have attended have been very close to the top but I need a little something more if I will have a chance a best painted. A display board is a must.
Angmar is described as a broken and dieing land. It is not the total wasteland like Mordor but that is the direction it is going. With this in mind I wanted a rocky and barren board with only slight amounts of vegetation. Naturally the board would need to match the basing of the army so the color selection was easy - just use what I used for the figure bases.
A lot of army boards will have holes cut so that the figure bases sit flush with the board surface. This generally looks very nice BUT if you change the army you might not be able to reuse the board. I put too much work into this to risk having to junk it if the army changed. I elected to take the approach of building it like a piece of gaming terrain.
The base of the army board is a framed bulletin board from Walmart. It cost about $7. For most of the build I had the frame taped off because I wanted to preserve the fake wood finish. The hills are made of cork tiles with a very coarse texture - basically the stuff that people in the '70s put on the wall between the mirrors...you remember, the dark brown stuff. Anyway the stuff break apart easily to make very nice and large rocky formations. The rest is the usual rock, sand, gravel with some model railroad flocking.
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