Hey everybody! I'm currently doing some upgrades to my gaming room and want to see what y'all do to make your gaming setup more efficient and effective!
I plan to eventually build a gaming table but with my third kiddo on her way I'm cramped for time and $$. So I made a small raised platform with LED lighting for under $20 (I already had the screws/nails, stain and wood glue so those aren't factored into the cost).
I play on an old table with all the leaves in it. It's never enough play space for my liking. With soda, books, character sheets, dice, and all my terrain/minis we end up with a bulging mess of clutter. So eventually when I have a bigger gaming space I'll build something larger that will suit the needs of my group. This little table is my interim solution.
The table was initially to high for my liking, enough for a beer bottle, but three inches above my DM screen.
I cut the legs a bit shorter and stained it. Tomorrow I'll buy some black felt to line the raised platform and install that. I'll also install the LED rope lights underneath so we all can see under the table.
What is the purpose for the raised platform and the lights under it. What do you put under it that you need lights for? I opted for 4 computer tables that I picked up at a garage sale for $10 each. Put them together and they each have a shelf under them which have been great for storing books and mini containers. I don't like too much clutter on the table so I like how big and open this is.
Got ya. Does the raised surface end up blocking line of sight across the table much? It's definitely one way to do it if you have limited space. Prior to buying this house we used to play at someone else's house. We piled around his dining room table, wedged between the kitchen island and the wall. We had side tables setup to put books, terrain, and mini cases on and would trip over them all anytime someone wanted to get up. The struggle is real
I am working with my nephew, a professional carpenter, on building a dedicated gaming table, with special features. I won't lie, it has a lot in common with Geek Chic's designs, but with improvements. Sooo looking forward to using it... I will share it here, as much as I can, without crossing lines. Cheers!
erho: Too many minis, not enough time... Am I right?
Oct 29, 2019 21:28:01 GMT
sgtslag: If we could just do away with this whole "work" thing, and supporting ourselves, financially, and otherwise... Life always seems to get in the way of gaming. AHHH!!!...
Nov 6, 2019 18:32:16 GMT
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT