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    Question Wooden Range Rulers

    For those who are using the wooden Range Rulers how are you finishing them? Painted like the cardboard ones? How well do they hold up under latex craft style paints? Will that warp them to any measure? Just stain them? Looking for suggestions!! Thanks in advance!

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    Going to stain them when I get the corrected rulers in.

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    Scott did a fine job on the wind indicator here - http://sailsofglory.org/showthread.p...ghlight=rulers

    I think something similar on the ruler would work well. I thought about linseed oil, but the examples of stained components do look nice.

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    I've actually been thinking about trying to find an oak stain for mine, something to make 'em looks like they're actually cut from old hull timbers. Then I gotta figure out appropriate "simulated aging" to make 'em look a quarter-millennium old...

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Paul View Post
    For those who are using the wooden Range Rulers how are you finishing them? Painted like the cardboard ones? How well do they hold up under latex craft style paints? Will that warp them to any measure? Just stain them? Looking for suggestions!! Thanks in advance!
    I posted some work I've done on the old rulers and the AI here: http://sailsofglory.org/showthread.p...ighlight=ruler

    Haven't had any opportunity to work on the new ones; too damn cold in the basement to be doing much of anything right now. Cheers!

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    I like the look of the stain idea along with some colored ink to highlight the markings!! Jim, thanks for the above link your stuff looks exactly the way I want mine to look!!

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    Here's an update on how the new range rulers look plain, stained and stained with inking highlight. Sorry for the dust in the photos. Winter and static electricity are very difficult to control and right now the dust is everywhere. Cheers!

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    OK -- how does one do the colored-in bits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by csadn View Post
    OK -- how does one do the colored-in bits?
    I have an old style ink pen with small enough nibs that I can 'draw' the red ink into the cut away sections of the wood. Staining first works to seal the wood so it doesn't bleed and make a mess. All the inks are from the local Michael's or hobby shops.

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    Looks really good Jim!

    Once sealed, you can also fill the engraved details with regular old hobby paints. Wipe off excess paint from the surface, leaving the engravings colored in.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cool Breeze View Post
    I just didn't want to be seen as the, "Thread Pirate Roberts" and get too far off topic.

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    What did you use as the stain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Royal Hajj View Post
    Looks really good Jim!

    Once sealed, you can also fill the engraved details with regular old hobby paints. Wipe off excess paint from the surface, leaving the engravings colored in.
    I'll have to try that when I can use the spray sealer outdoors again. Great idea!

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    What did you use as the stain?
    I used Varathane's Golden Mahogany. http://www.rustoleum.com/product-cat...um-wood-stains

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    They look Great Jim!

    I had a comment from a player that the cardboard rulers worked better than the wood because of the color, now here's a solution!

    Eric

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeRuyter View Post
    They look Great Jim!

    I had a comment from a player that the cardboard rulers worked better than the wood because of the color, now here's a solution!

    Eric
    The color on the cardboard rulers is handy, but it will not help much when those rulers get worn out. I learned that lesson with Wings of War.
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    I just didn't want to be seen as the, "Thread Pirate Roberts" and get too far off topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Royal Hajj View Post
    The color on the cardboard rulers is handy, but it will not help much when those rulers get worn out. I learned that lesson with Wings of War.
    What on earth were you doing with them???

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Manley View Post
    What on earth were you doing with them???
    Lets just say discipline was maintained

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Manley View Post
    What on earth were you doing with them???
    We may not want to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haggisblower View Post
    Lets just say discipline was maintained
    http://imgur.com/gallery/k1FaUcl

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Manley View Post
    What on earth were you doing with them???
    Umm, playing the game. It did not take long for them to start to warp really bad and the printed laminate paper to start to peel from the card core.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cool Breeze View Post
    I just didn't want to be seen as the, "Thread Pirate Roberts" and get too far off topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Royal Hajj View Post
    Umm, playing the game. It did not take long for them to start to warp really bad and the printed laminate paper to start to peel from the card core.
    Wow, I'm amazed. Mine have had some pretty heavy use over the years (club nights, shows, my kids and their friends - who are rather less than careful on occasion) and they look as good now as when they came out of the box. Perhaps you had a duff printing or something?

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    Perhaps, but I've several do that... but I run a lot of convention games.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cool Breeze View Post
    I just didn't want to be seen as the, "Thread Pirate Roberts" and get too far off topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Royal Hajj View Post
    The color on the cardboard rulers is handy, but it will not help much when those rulers get worn out. I learned that lesson with Wings of War.
    Similar problem. Doesn't help when a number of the players like to munch chips and other greasy items while gaming. Paper just absorbs too well....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wargamer View Post
    Similar problem. Doesn't help when a number of the players like to munch chips and other greasy items while gaming. Paper just absorbs too well....
    Lack of discipline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wargamer View Post
    Similar problem. Doesn't help when a number of the players like to munch chips and other greasy items while gaming. Paper just absorbs too well....
    I really would like to ban food from the table, and will definitely have folks put their drinks on the ground. I think when I run the longer games at Origins, we'll take a 10 minute break in the middle to let people munch, if desired. I might put wipes on the table when they return. I can sleeve cards, but I do want the other components to last awhile.

    Quote Originally Posted by David Manley View Post
    Lack of discipline
    Or lack of consideration.

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    Table manners are the mark of a good officer and a gentleman

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haggisblower View Post
    Table manners are the mark of a good officer and a gentleman
    That's right Kris. Never use your sleeve to wipe your mouth. That's what the tablecloth's for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner View Post
    That's right Kris. Never use your sleeve to wipe your mouth. That's what the tablecloth's for.
    Or those fancy newfangled "napkin" things which don't risk disturbing everything ON the table when you use 'em... :p LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner View Post
    That's right Kris. Never use your sleeve to wipe your mouth. That's what the tablecloth's for.
    And all this time I thought we were supposed to use the lace ruffles at the end of our sleeves!
    Quote Originally Posted by Cool Breeze View Post
    I just didn't want to be seen as the, "Thread Pirate Roberts" and get too far off topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Royal Hajj View Post
    And all this time I thought we were supposed to use the lace ruffles at the end of our sleeves!
    I see you still have your "Prince" outfit from the 80s.

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    Ah, that would make Keith's favourite ship a Little Red Corvette

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    o.o
    O.o
    o.O
    O.O
    Don't you foppish dandies know that all that fancy frilly crap has a funny way of getting caught on any and every potential snag imaginable? :p LOL
    Last edited by Diamondback; 03-23-2014 at 22:07. Reason: clarify emoticons

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondback View Post
    o.o O.o o.O O.O Don't you foppish dandies know that all that fancy frilly crap has a funny way of getting caught on any and every potential snag imaginable? :p LOL
    It won't slow down your basketball game, though.

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    That's not a basketball, that's a sequence of increasingly alarmed looks... think of the dot as a "nose". :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Blozinski View Post
    I see you still have your "Prince" outfit from the 80s.
    Quote Originally Posted by David Manley View Post
    Ah, that would make Keith's favourite ship a Little Red Corvette
    LOL. That was good for a laugh early this Monday morning. Thanks guys!
    Quote Originally Posted by Cool Breeze View Post
    I just didn't want to be seen as the, "Thread Pirate Roberts" and get too far off topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondback View Post
    o.o
    O.o
    o.O
    O.O
    You forgot: >.< (Necessary with this lot. :) )

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondback View Post
    Don't you foppish dandies know that all that fancy frilly crap has a funny way of getting caught on any and every potential snag imaginable? :p LOL
    Obviously not, otherwise they wouldn't be wearing it. :)

    I'd suggest being sucked into machinery a few times would disabuse them of it, but I rather suspect they'd only be able to go through the gears once (like a FIAT transmission). >;)

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    *facepalm* LOL

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    These colored rulers looks fantastic

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    I like the wood, though I get so careless during games I could dismast a couple of ships with wood....

    I will just stick to card, I think. Mine still look pristine! No! Not Christine, Pristine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by csadn View Post

    I'd suggest being sucked into machinery a few times would disabuse them of it.
    I was asked to pass this note by an acquaintance Chris.
    Bligh.

    Sirrah!
    Please explain to me how any gentleman of standing would possibly come to be in the same building as any of those Industrial Revolution contraptions, let alone the same room.
    You don't see anything like that around The Palace at Whitehall, Buckingham House, The Admiralty, Horse-guards or Boodles, thank the Lord. One might almost be mistaken for a fellow in trade otherwise. If you must inspect your investments so closely, buy shares in the South Seas Company instead, and in any other circumstance if you are afraid of your lace getting caught up or soiled, have your man hold it out of harms way whilst you carry out your business.

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    As far as the range rulers go, i must add a couple to my next order, as they will float better on the wine which keeps flooding the gaming table.
    Thanks for providing all these thoughtful extras Keith.
    Rob.

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    So that's the reason for the ship's raised bases, to keep them out of the wine! Splendid!

    And do tell the friend that a little ruffles on the shirt would be a nice addition but by no means necessary but lace is sooo, last century.

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