I have a Gaming Table

While I have a space to model, paint, and ruminate on projects I’d love to have the time to indulge in, I have since moving been without a table to actually game on. For over two years, I have done lots of collecting, but not much gaming, and while restrictions here will probably limit said gaming to the solo variety at the very least I now have a small table with which to deploy the troops.

Measuring only 3.5′ x 4′, so hardly gigantic, or even close to what I would really like to have, it never the less fits within the space I have, allows for all round traversing and the bar for liquid libation is only an arm length’s away.

I use Geo-Hex for my terrain tiles and these sit on a Deep-Cut Studios Waterworld Game Mat I got the mousepad version, as the weight of it smooths out an irregularities in the gap between the two boards that make up my base, and its rubber backing helps the terrain stay in place. Though I do think I will need to “frame” the Geo-Hex just to stop, or at least minimise and ground movement. I also have some brackets to 3D print to screw to the underside of the table tops to ensure they stay fixed onto the two bookcases that serve as legs. And maybe some form of valance to hide the storage boxes underneath.

I also have to make sure that I remember it’s for gaming, not for storing things upon. So in reality, I still have a few thing to do, but even getting this far feels great. It will feel even better when there are troops deployed.

Speaking of said deployment: given that this week just gone marked the anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, I figure “the cornfield” will be my first “action” to play out on this new space…though first I do need to actually build a cornfield.

Oh, and I did not decorate the grid painted wall, the apartment I am renting came with that particular decoration.

8 thoughts on “I have a Gaming Table

    1. If I can keep it tidy I will be very happy. It’s just one corner of the lounge/living room, but given that I have a large balcony so the table to eat if either alfresco or coffee it will work for now. Luckily the fiance has agreed I need a room to house the “toys” as we look towards buying a home together.

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  1. That is a nice set-up and quite ingenious! 🙂 I’ve managed to set up a “table” of about 3 feet square by overhanging the edge of the cupboard next to my desk and using a spare bookshelf over the open doors to extend the top – it’s not big, but enough to let me have small solo (or e-mail) games. Consequently, most of my mat purchases have been to cater for this small area.

    Looking forward to seeing some of your games! 🙂

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    1. I got a 4′ square mat, and was tempted to cut it to fit perfectly, but I have resisted thus far planning for a future where I get a bit more length. As above luckily my better half supports my geek-dom so agrees I need a dedicated “man-cave” in our future purchased home…though she thinks the bar should be more communal.

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  2. That’s a very attractive little gaming space. Sadly, my own table constantly becomes overwhelmed with terrain and other gaming detritus storage, so I certainly feel your paint there – best of luck keeping it clear for actual gaming! 🙂

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    1. Keeping it clear is the challenge. And to be fair it did stay clear for at least a week before it became home to all the fences I am making at the moment. So on one hand it’s bad that I have put things on it, but at least its only wargaming stuff and hopefully only temporary as I finish their construction and painting.


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