This is the table. I started out with a 4'x4' sheet of 1/4 MDF. I cut the sheet down to 3'x3'. Next using a router and a jig, I cut the table into a circular shape. This took about an hour.
Next I put one coat of medium blue spray paint. This took 5 minutes and then I left it outside to dry for an hour.
Another view. Paint is not even so I will need to apply a second coat.
With the second coat. Much more uniform. This step also took 5 minutes and then I again left it outside to dry for an hour.
Here I used a dark blue spray paint and sprayed random dark blue lines and blotches. Another 5 minutes of my time. Only 30 minutes drying time.
I copied the step above but with a white spray paint. The random lines of dark blue and white add a sort of highlight and shade for the ocean. However, they are too dominant looking. I will need to lightly dust the surface with medium blue again.
So far this has taken 1 hour and 20 minutes not including 3 hours of drying time.
I attended Hot Lead 2010 in Stratford ON, on Mar 27th, 2010. I saw this huge blue table with dozens of miniature pirate ships. It looked interesting but as I was focused on picking up my pulp miniatures for another project I did not give it much thought.
I started thinking about this game on the way home and after some quick searching online, I learned it was called Pirates of the Spanish Main.
A few days later, I attended a local hobby store and began to inquire about the pirate game. I found out that they had the game in stock and were selling the packages for a deeply discounted price $1.00-2.00 per pack instead of $5.00.
Well, you can imagine I was quite happy about this. I could purchase and experiment with a new game system without having to shell out a lot of money.
For those who are unfamiliar with Pirates of the Spanish Main, each game pack consists of 2 ships, an island, a crew card and a treasure card. The miniatures are on plastic cards that can be punched out and assembled.
So I walked out of there with 32 ships, 16 islands and a whole assortment of crew/treasure for approx. $18.00 after tax.
I looked at the island cards and they were decent looking but I wanted some real terrain. At this point I remembered that I had seen this game on one of my bookmarked websites.
Unfortunately this website has not been updated for quite a while but the project for making a games table inspired my to do the same.
To commission any of the finished scratch build models, you can email Colin Rush. Rushcal@AOL.com
Or now you can visit his blog to view any of the buildings that he has available.
Or click on Wargaming Buildings on my Blog List