May 16

Mordheim Board Thoughts

Mordheim Board,Mordheim Construction
Author: Ashton Sanders

When I first got started in Mordheim, my grandfather helped me to create my first Mordheim Board. We took a 4’x4′ section of plywood, glued a bunch of sand to it, and then painted it with a beige house paint. We chose beige cause we had it left over. When I moved to Montana, I had a friend bring it up from my parents house. unfortunately they had to cut it half to fit it their car. Here’s a small image that I dug up that will give you a good idea of what the board looked like:

Mordheim Board v0.1

Obviously, the color is all wrong, so I ended up painting it a dark “cherry brown” which unfortunately wasn’t very matte. So I’ve done a wash of dark brown to add some texture and dull down the shine.

Anyway, where I’m going with this is that since I started getting back into Mordheim (almost 6 months ago), I’ve been trying to figure out how to create a better/perfect board. I spent a lot of time looking into modular Mordheim boards like the one here. I’ve come to the conclusion that if you follow my basic principles on basing terrain, there are only two reasons you would need to have a modular set up:

  1. Elevation: You want to build elevation into your board. As in the example above, you want a river or gutter sunken into your board, and you want to be able to change it.
  2. Storage/Transport: You don’t have a spare bed to hide a 4’x4′ board under or you want to be able to bring it in the car with you to a friends house. This is a problem lots of Scenery/Terrain builders face (esp the storage part).

In my case, I plan to build large sections of Modular Elevation like my platform out of pink foam and raised sections of the city, and I have decided that the rivers/gutters are not worth all of the effort. Since I do have a spare bed under which I can hide my Mordheim Board, and I already have old board I can transport (if i need to), I have decided to go with a nice flat 4’x4′ board. The first flat board I found that I really liked was Tom’s Board. (He talks about how he made it here). He made it out of pink foam, and etched the design into it with a pen. I think this is what I’m going to do except I plan to add more designs than just one type of circular cobblestone. I’m working on some ideas today. This is what I’ve come up with so fra:

Mordheim Board Design

I’ll post some more ideas tomorrow.

Until Then,
Ashton Sanders

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