Quick wrapping paper grid game board

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A new gaming use for wrapping paper at this festive time of year.

As it is fast approaching Christmas, there is lots of wrapping and dispatching of parcels in our house at the moment.

I noticed on this Sainsbury’s brown wrapping paper with  festive shiny red dots that they have a handy small square grid marked on the back to help with tidy cutting and wrapping.

Like most gamers, my brain instantly thought of gaming applications. I quickly wrapped a spare piece around the backing part of a redundant picture frame – one instant portable game board.

I had put this wooden picture  frame aside for future game board use, when its glass broke long ago (Reuse Reduce Recycle etc.) It still has the string on the back,  so I can hang this board out of the way somewhere on a spare wall when not in use.

 

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Testing the board out with my Poundland 36mm plastic warrior conversions 

 

I tried the grid board out with the nearest figures to hand, some of my recent Poundland 36mm colonial plastic conversions https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/poundland-desert-warriors-finished

 

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Up close view of the grid – they fit reasonably well the size and bases of my converted 36mm Poundland colonial figures, which are mounted on pennies. 

Marking out grid lines on the game board can be tedious and intrusive. These wrapping paper lines are very faint and instant!

With two sides to the frame backing board it would be possible to use either side for game play or more tediously reverse the frame backing board each time. Undoing of the tiny metal clips is fiddly  and not a long term solution.

Changing the hanging strap arrangement (D-rings to the side, string with some kind of clips?) would help in making a two sided game board more flexible.

This would allow the same board to be easily used on either of the two sides for two different grid sizes, different terrain habitats  or flexible grid sizes.

If I decide to keep this paper grid long term, I will think about pasting the paper down as wrinkle free as possible (possibly with spray mount?) and a coat of varnish to  probably help keep it neat. I shall test out on a spare scrap of this wrapping paper to see if some light watercolour terrain patches cause any wrinkling.

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Peter Laing 15mm redcoat colonials cautiously approach the desert style building as night falls. 

I tried the hex board out with some smaller vintage 15mm Peter Laing figures, smaller figures suit the hexes even better.

Obviously such a square grid could feature small size squares or larger squares made of four small size squares.

When I get tired of this grid paper, I can paint over what was before and mark up a fresh new grid board for quick skirmish games.

This gives me a variety of sized hex and square portable game boards, without any carpentry at all!  You can see more of them on various of my blog posts including:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/192-hexes-of-joy-a-larger-hex-game-board/

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/my-portable-hex-games-board/

Grid Based Wargaming

Lots of interesting discussion of grid based wargaming, both hex and square,  on the gaming web including these three excellent blogs:

 

http://wargamingmiscellany.blogspot.co.uk/

Author of The Portable Wargame blog and book, Bob Cordery’s Wargaming Miscellany blog features  links to his other blogs including The Portable Wargame!

 

http://gridbasedwargaming.blogspot.co.uk/

http://archdukepiccolo.blogspot.co.uk/

Both Peter at Grid Based Wargaming and Bob Cordery sometimes use 15mm Peter Laing figures on their grid based portable games, making them even more worth looking at!

 

As for Christmas, I have some Peter Laing 15mm figures to look forward to,  already wrapped and packed away,  embargoed throughout the last few months until Christmas Day. Something to share on the blog in the New Gaming Year of 2018.

Happy wrapping. Happy gaming to all my blog readers.

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, 8 December 2017

 

 

 

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Pound store colonial infantry on the painting table

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Pound store plastic warriors on my painting table and  conversions in progress, along with some unlikely uniform inspiration, all an ongoing project crossposted from my Pound Store Plastic Warriors sister blog:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/11/26/pound-store-plastic-colonial-infantry-on-the-painting-table/

Pound Store 42mm plastic toy soldiers

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Crossposted from my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, another batch of plastic pound store figures given the Toy Soldier paint treatment:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/11/10/pound-store-42mm-infantry-army-red-army-blue/

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN blog 10 November 2017

More Pound Store Desert Warriors

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More on these pound store figure conversions at:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/11/06/pound-store-desert-warrior-unit-completed/

Crossposted by Mark Man of TIN blog from my Pound Store Plastic Warrior blog, 6 November 2017.

Poundland Space Marines on Parade

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Crossposted from my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog  another finished conversion project of these Poundland 36mm   “Penny Dreadful” figures. More at:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/poundland-space-marines-platoon-on-parade/

Lots more Pound Store figure projects completed this weekend!

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN, 5 November 2017

Poundland Soldier Tub Artwork

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One of the Poundland Battle Squadron tubs 

Packaging and artwork from all three of my Poundland soldier tubs of joy, shown at my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog :

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/pound-store-plastic-warriors-poundland-artwork/

Posted by Mark, Man of TIN, 1 November 2017

Poundland Mission Accomplished!

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Yesterday’s Poundland Mission accomplished with just days to spare.

or How I turned four old round pound coins no longer accepted on the High Street

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/off-to-poundland-on-a-mission/

into these four buckets of joy.

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Four new tubs of joy  and some examples of my paint and figure conversions of what lies within. 

Four hundred tiny plastic 36mm figures for painting and conversion into lot some of interesting figures. That’s a penny each!

Your Mission, should you choose to accept it …

Poundland’s “spend your old round pound coin” offer finishes on 31st October. 

Lots of ideas for conversions and paint schemes to try out. Watch this space.

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN, 27 October 2017.