|The table, looking north along The Street;|
|The table, looking south. It's quiet. Too quiet...|
However, it was pointed out that Zuzu The Klingon Teenager had access to all sorts of sharp objects, and that I had better rise up from my sickbed and get to work. Or Else.
This was a tough table to come up with; I'd been told that it was a 3' x 10', which is not one of my usual sizes; I thought that I might have a 4' x 12' canvas drop cloth in stock - these are sold in the 'Paint Department' of hardware and DIY places, and are just about the cheapest way to get large amounts of game table covered in the shortest amount of time.
You know, of course, how this played out; I didn't have one in stock, and none of the local places I frequent any any of this particular size on the shelves. So, improvise I did, and used some sheets of 2' x 3' felted thick paper instead. Liberal applications of some of my vast stocks of latex paint got brushed on, and some blue spray paint provided the ocean. Some light splotches of a dark brown spray to break up the single base color, and we let the paper dry out.
I managed to salvage some 15mm resin buildings that I'd gotten from a friend's proposed ECW project that he'd had to cancel. These are the old Blue Moon 'Horror' castings, and with a bit of work I think they'd be all right as 25mm buildings as many of the doors look like they were 25mm to start with. I'd already washed off the mold release, so on went a quick coat of my usual white primer and then more latex paint in stucco tones. I think they worked out well for this game, and I'll get them fully painted in the future now that I think they are worth saving.
The palm trees, to suit the theme, were from stock, and lots of what's now called 'scatter scenery' gave the place that 'bustling port town' look. Boats were also from stock; my assumption was that in the absence of a deep-water harbor - there's no room for it on this table - cargo was loaded on small boats and barges and taken out to the ships at anchor. The reed boats, by the way are real reed boats and are from Bolivia; The Missus got them at one of those 'International Market' emporiums.
I'll have a longer report on the game itself, once I get some sleep. More photos, too.
The next game in this campaign is set in a more urban environment - "A Italianate town would be nice..." I was told. It's also going to be on a 5' x 9' table, with gives me more room to work with and is a stock size for the drop cloths I have in hand. However, as I specialize in non-European settings, I'm going to have to come up with some building for this; I suspect some card building kits are in my future...
Much more to come, after a simply marvelous day. And, yes, the look on Zuzu's face when she saw the table was priceless - she just lit up. It made my day, right there. The game was the icing on th cake... :)