|The vertical extender, reinforced - LED lights installed|
|Lighting tested; color scheme by Jon Pertwee|
|The result; the Cursed Pyramid of Phil-ho-tep awaits...|
So, digging around in the pile(s) of loose lumber, I glued some planking to the underside of the deck sheet, and added a strip down the middle to set up the central lighting strip to. Since the deck has to be removable so I can swap it out for the sheet of transparent Plexiglass that I use for the underwater game, the reinforces don;t extent all the way to the edges of the deck; I doubt that this will be an issue, as the deck sheet is stable enough over short spans. The Plexiglass sheet does not have this bowing problem, by the way; it's thicker and more rigid, and doesn't seem to need any reinforcement.
To help the LED lights out, I painted the bottom of the deck and the strips with white ceiling paint - every household seems to have a half-used can of this sitting around - and then reinstalled the lighting. I may vary the order of the colors; the final shot shows the finished result, and I think the rear of the lower level looks a little dim with just the two blue sections and a red one covering it. On the other hand, having the Underworld fade off into the darkness is, I think, kind of a nice touch and I may just leave things alone and get on with other projects - "good enough is good enough", as we used to say at the theater.
And with that, the Cursed Pyramid of Phil-ho-tep sits in the midst of the trackless jungles awaiting a party of adventurers brave enough, clever enough, strong enough, and foolhardy enough to plumb it's mysteries.
(It's a cursed pyramid because I used to curse every time I moved the thing around; the four levels kept sliding off each other and I used to have to juggle them to keep them off the floor. Self-adhesive magnetic pads were the answer, courtesy of Neal Cauley of Phoenix Games - the pads are actually magnetic basing material that he pointed me to.)
And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to shamble around chanting "Phil-ho-tep! Phil-ho-tep! Ya, Ya, Phil-ho-tep!"