To make the project and game special I decided to build a custom table. The table itself would be a little larger than 3 foot by 4 foot (added 5" on each side to account for my stained wood lip). I will build a stained wood (and sealed) lip around the edge, include an area between the wood lip and actual play area that is green felt (like a poker table), then finally at the center is the playing area - sanded and drybushed to a nice old west color.
|Basic table layout.|
(a little over 3'x4')
|Table top and frame completed today.|
As you can see above I was able to finish the basic structure of the table today. I've started cutting the wood for the "lip" and should have that done tomorrow in a addition to the center "raised" main playing surface. I also have the felt for the dice/card area.
I've also managed to get the 5 buildings from 4Ground assembled (order the special deal for the whole set from Great Escape games). The guys at 4Ground have really outdone themselves with these buildings by including lots of cleaver little details and a much improved "hinged" door vs. the plug and pray doors included with the WW2 buildings I have from them.
|All 4 gangs, cards, MDF markers, and the buildings,|
all part of the "Legends of the West" offer
from Great Escape Games.
Great Escape Games as signs you can print off for the 4Ground buildings. You can download them from their DMH download page. Only one of the buildings doesn't have a sign ... not sure why it was left out. That being said, I'm working on a sign I can use for the fifth building. I'll also be putting the buildings on MDF bases with some extra details around them (like barrels and such).
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|Take a picture, it will last longer.|
|No sign just yet, but I'm working on something ...|
|More to do, but need to get the |
airbrush out for these buildings.
I've managed to get one of the gangs (the Lawmen) cleaned, sanded, based, and primed --- ready for the paint brush. I'm going to assemble all the gangs to the same state as the Lawmen so I can start playing some games to get familiar with the rules ... but paint is rapidly forthcoming for the gangs once I finish up the table and buildings.
Ultimately I'll be running demonstration games of DMH at CelestiCon in the fall (the labour day weekend in the US ... con is held in Fremont, CA - so just down the street).
Stay tuned - more updates to come.