Naturally, I will not have forgotten our fine hobby entirely, as good weather also affords the opportunity for Tall Paul and I to do what we do best ...in the stifling sun. Those of you that have followed the blog for a while will remember our brutal and hasty struggles to complete the SO: Killzone tables during a… well… challenging few weeks in March.
Heroes of Armageddon offers a whole new set of challenges. This time round, we have much more going for us than simply the weather. We have the experience of building several monstrous tables of this ilk and general disposition, and we have that experience tucked firmly under our arms as we proceed in the assembly of these four Heroes of Armageddon tables.
I can say without hesitation, they are going to be amazing.
Each section here is 3x4, so that the tables can be arranged in one gigantic 6x8 table or, if you so desire, two 6x4 tables. We are clever like that. The four sections will also each hold one individual army from the collection. I will have photos illustrating this premise in greater detail soon, but suffice for now to say that the open-ended possibilities afforded by these tables has been the primary design challenge thus far.
We are taking our sweet time with the basics with this effort. As mentioned previously, we learned precisely how not to build these kinds of tables with our first bash at the AdeptiCon madness. With those lessons in mind, we have set about very, very deliberately… and very, very slowly.
For example, in the first photo, you may note that we have ripped the 2-by so that it is flush on the end closest the tabletop surface. This has made the wood filler a much easier, solid task and, dare I say, the final product much more smooth and polished. Time consuming, certainly. But we sincerely believe the effort now will pay off handsomely down the stretch.
We are aiming for something quite remarkable with these tables and intend to give them all the attention they deserve.
Unfortunately, I have little to show you that will help you directly imagine that final result (I will have photos of my sketches in a later post), but for now let me offer these small tidbits to whet the appetite:
Yes. Layers. The areas marked in yellow will be “underground” or rather, “belowhive,” in the final compilation.
The planks you see on the left of this final photo represent the rusted undercoat of the walls that will comprise the deeper interiors of the Hive. They are going to be masked, repainted, peeled, and weathered again before any cuts so that the final assembly will go together without any pesky nooks or hard-to-reach corners wanting attention. If we learned anything, it is this: do as much early as possible, as each cut of the saw makes dealing with the details more challenging.
So. Not much yet, but we are less than two months out and the project is accelerating. Stay tuned for more.