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Wargaming Table Designs

Postby Whiterook » Sat Dec 06, 2014 6:26 pm

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I have an Art Studio (or what I'd always intended to be an Art Studio) in a detached shed-unit in the backyard at my house. It's the untamed Frontier, actually, as the house itself has always received all the reno-budget and efforts. In plain-speak...it's a wreck! Well...the inside, anyway. I've put a new roof on it, and vinyl siding, so the structure represents great bones. But the inside is like a day after the worst Frat Party in history! (...without the benefits of party!)

I'd actually carved out an area in my basement Man Cave for my drafting table, so I am able to keep the artistic interests flowing; but the studio is cluttered with storage, cobwebs, and mousedroppings. On the latter...there's an old garage door on one end, and wooden barn doors on the other, so pretty much any small critter can break in without much trouble (and they have). There is also a small tractor bay on the side, with barn doors on each end...same problem; and the door between each bay is pretty shoddy.

What this have to do with Wargaming tables? Hang on!

There's a nice wood stove in the studio, so it has heat; but it's hotter than Hades in the summer. I'd put in an air-conditioner but, as mentioned earlier, it's holier than a preacher!

The plan is to take out the garage door, and the barn doors...and replace with real doors/sliders/something. In other words, get some semblance of being a sealed environment. I don't know if an Art Studio (at least, as a FULL studio) will ever come to fruition, however...

I am now seeing the potential for a kick-ass Wargaming War Room!

Doors are boring. So, let's talk Wargaming Table!!!!
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Re: Wargaming Table Designs

Postby Whiterook » Sat Dec 06, 2014 6:29 pm

Plywood and aluminum brackets are boring.

I need STYLE! :D

I'm first, thinking of something more along the lines of this.....

Design 1
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A place for rule books, components, and cards. I like the recessed, sunk-in table, which I think is very unusual.
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Re: Wargaming Table Designs

Postby Whiterook » Sat Dec 06, 2014 6:31 pm

Another nice table is with a flat top, with easier access....

Design 2
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Design 2


Similar in many respects, and a little cleaner.

This one for example, is from GeekChic
http://geekchichq.com/the-sultan-gaming-table.html

...at $14,750 USD, there's NO WAY I'm gonna talk the missus into my buying this (barring winning the Lottery or robbing a bank). But....it's ideas (the design...not robbing a bank :lol: )

Many of the concepts are doable.
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Re: Wargaming Table Designs

Postby Whiterook » Sat Dec 06, 2014 6:48 pm

Now of course, that's a lot of glitz and glamor on the two above designs, which yes, awesome; yes, you pay handsomely for awesome. That's where reverse engineering comes in! You can start simple, and add on. an example of simple...

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Another possibility is taking a used dining room table and conversion. An example of what that might look like is...

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and....

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There's lots of potential to add on, including a recessed top.
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Re: Wargaming Table Designs

Postby Whiterook » Sat Dec 06, 2014 6:57 pm

Another idea is what I see a lot on Facebook wargame groups....a Wargaming Table with a shelved bottom. I like that concept a lot; especially for Wargame storage!

Design 3...
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That's an example of a techno-geek table, but it's principles for gaming are solid.
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Re: Wargaming Table Designs

Postby Ecarots » Sat Dec 06, 2014 7:23 pm

Em;

How about converting an old pool table. It would give you the sunken portion for games that might need it and you could put an insert into it to provide a larger flat surface.

Model railroaders in the past have done a drop down table (lowered from the ceiling which can be raised up to give room to play a different game while preserving the one on the drop down for later continuation of play.

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Re: Wargaming Table Designs

Postby Whiterook » Mon Dec 08, 2014 7:35 pm

Both excellent points. In fact, I have an old pool table in the 'shed', but unless the mice have torn it up, I hesitate to convert it; though it crossed my mind to use it with a removable top as a wargaming table.
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Re: Wargaming Table Designs

Postby MAGNA » Sun Jan 04, 2015 7:04 am

The pool table sounds good, especially if you already have one.

Brace it up and make the underside more useful by adding benches as per the second design in your pics.

The designs for work benches in sheds are a good way to go for the underside as they are simple.

Second option is map drawers, the wide metal ones. The owner of the big 14' x 6' table at our gaming group 'headquarters'
has done it that way. The map drawers are solid beasties and are stacked with the table being 6' x 4' sheets of chipboard
placed on top. Solid and simple with the map drawers being only a couple of inches deep and able to store literally hundreds
of based figures in each (mouse proof too).

You only have to be careful of other peoples legs when you open them as they are wide. Each cabinet has five or six
drawers. You could combine a couple of these with some wood to get the height you need if map drawers are hard to get.

Thats one way I know of.

The only thing we are missing is clamp on angled boards to hold paperwork. These would be great and one day.....

It's all good fun and I look forward to the pics of the new arrangement including the war based murals around the walls
(how are they going by the way).
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Re: Wargaming Table Designs

Postby Frizzenspark » Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:48 am

There are options that are less dollar and labor intensive.... sheets of 8' x 4' plywood (in varying thicknesses are available at most hardware shops with lumber yards; they will also cut it to selected dimensions).... these can be easily reinforced..... a folding table can be used to provide the legs and additional support. This method will allow for reasonably quick tear-down if the space is needed for other purposes.... and you can still use the folding table for its designed purpose....
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Re: Wargaming Table Designs

Postby Whiterook » Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:55 am

Again, all great input! Different options fit the different uses and tastes of many Wargamers. For me, much is dependent on permanancy of abode, if you know what I mean....

If I stay and retire in this house, I really like the idea of an elaborate table that is as much a work of art as function. If we were to move in the future, such a design could become problematic.
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