Miggy’s Table: Pt2 – “I have a pencil…”

Hey hey, fellow Losties! It’s Miggy Sawdust back with another installment of my modular tile adventure. So I want to show you what I’ve been up to since the last update.

I’d say that’s taking shape. A couple of things that I want to touch on before we dig in further. Let’s talk about what it means to make a 3’ x 3’ table while in quarantine.

First: I can’t really go out and buy stuff. While I’d love to go do some shopping (I’m really jonesing to go out to my FLGS…), I have to do the responsible thing and stay in. Plus side, this gives me the opportunity to do something really crafty, thrifty, and recycle-y. Trust me, that’s a word.

Second: this little adventure is turning out to be a lesson in how to make the most out of a mistake. While I’m really onboard with making a modern urban cityscape, this was originally supposed to be a project for Super Dungeon: Explore. Back in the Summer, I bought several large sheets of foam core from a Dollar Store (one sheet for a buck? Count me in!). Unfortunately, I was limited by time and tools. I was using my typically handy hobby knife to help me cut the foam into the size I needed, but I had some trouble cutting it.

Fast forward several months later, and I have a stack of foam sheets partially cut into almost perfect squares. I had a hard time keeping my incisions straight. So rather than let those pieces go to waste, I kept them to start this project.

Now I have to confess that my knife skills leave something to be desired. Just take a look at this:These are not bad, per se, but after months of neglect, most of the sheets warped. Plus I had originally planned for the sixteen squares to make up my board. My cuts weren’t up to snuff and the squares were very askew.

These are not bad, per se, but after months of neglect, most of the sheets warped. Plus I had originally planned for the sixteen squares to make up my board. My cuts weren’t up to snuff and the squares were very askew.

I was faced with a conundrum at this point. Do I break quarantine to go out and buy more foam core or do I order some via online? In the end, I did neither and decided to make the best of a mistake. Hence the cardboard! I saw Franky from Franky D. Crafter making some tiles using only the cheapest material he could find and I thought it was a really good idea. I had a ton of cardboard in my house and decided to move forward with that. I also looked up a tutorial on how to cut a square from Jeremy over at Black Magic Craft.

Something I noticed that a lot of folks have are cutting mats, metal rulers/straight edges, and a retractable utility knife. I decided to make do with what I have at home. Meet the dream team! I have a pencil, my metal ruler, an old utility knife, and a used up cutting board from my kitchen. With this I felt confident enough to move forward and start cutting some cardboard.

Meet the dream team! I have a pencil, my metal ruler, an old utility knife, and a used up cutting board from my kitchen. With this I felt confident enough to move forward and start cutting some cardboard

I kept messing up though. I ended up shaving the squares down to eight inches so that now I had to make twenty-five squares in total to reach my 3 x 3 board. Sure, there’s an extra four inches all around but I wasn’t going to let that get me down. At worst, I have to mark off where the game area is.

Armed with my stack of cut squares (I will have to confess, they’re still not perfect but I want to get this thing going!), I started mapping out how I wanted my city scape to look. But that’ll be for a post next time.

See you around, Losties!

-Miggy Sawdust