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    https://sailsofglory.org/showthread....on-in-sequence

    Following in your footsteps once again, Rob, I have begun cutting out foam pieces for doing coastline in 3D.

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    One thing that did occur to me was, how did you make the joints between pieces universal? Your coastline looks very cohesive.

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    After cutting them all out, I just had to get a feel for what it would look like. It's a lot of land. This is going to take a lot of supplies. More white glue and primer needed!

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    The bandsaw is a time saver isn't it? Anxious to see the progress on this Dobbs!

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    My Bandsaw has finally given up the ghost after many years of service. For my last project I was reduced to using my scroll saw. i am now frantically saving up for a new Bandsaw.
    I started off the same way as you Dobbs, just with the copies of the official coastline and then went onto the forts. Then it was fitting historical forts with the existing terrain ends. One tip if I may. Once you have formed your first piece of landscape in 3D make a template of the end where it joins the next. i used a plastic offcut for this and marked it template on both sides so as not to discard it with the rubbish. Whatever the contour of the piece, as long as all the ends are the same shape you will be able to juxtapose any of them in whatever configureation you wish for. The square corner pieces are critical in this respect. Hope I'm not teaching my grandmother to suck eggs.

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    The contour shaper was what I had in mind, too. I just didn't want to overlook a solution if I was missing something.

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    I found that my scroll saw with an omnidirectional blade was the ticket. The bandsaw did play a role, cutting the perpendicular straights where the pieces meet.

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    I like the adjustable throat on your Delta Dobbs. Mine is a bit more limited, and it is sometimes a bit of a juggle to get large bits of scenics through the gap.
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    The sod farm delivered today and now I have grass! Next up, a delivery of sand and rocks from the quarry...

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    Looks as if you have been truly grassed up Dobbs!

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    The way they currently look reminds me of a view of Dover from the Channel...

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    An instant gratification test.

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    I thought about making the cliffs white, Bill, but decided to go understated instead.

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    Looking good Dobbs. Next the Fortifications.

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    Looking good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeRuyter View Post
    Looking good!
    I can't wait till we can use them together! Here's the latest developments:

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    Suzanne suggested blue felt as a playing surface. She thought it might be less slippery than vinyl. Initial reports are optimistic.
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    You have a very nice bay there Dobbs. Felt sounds good to me. I am finding it harder to stop ships slipping when moving cards under them than I used to do, and bits can easily be cleaned off it with a Vac attatchment.

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    That blue actually looks really good, like the water in the Caribbean. Nice shoreline Dobbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volunteer View Post
    That blue actually looks really good, like the water in the Caribbean. Nice shoreline Dobbs.
    Thanks, Vol! Suzanne and I picked it because it reminds us of sailing in the Caribbean. That's the color ocean should be!

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    Yes it is! I haven't been to the Caribbean for 50 years, but I have fond memories of it. I also have fond memories of the South Pacific islands. I believe Fiji's Yasawa islands are paradise on earth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dobbs View Post
    Thanks, Vol! Suzanne and I picked it because it reminds us of sailing in the Caribbean. That's the color ocean should be!
    Sure you don't want greenish brown colors of the Chesapeake?

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    Do you mean this sort of colour Eric?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeRuyter View Post
    Sure you don't want greenish brown colors of the Chesapeake?
    That's why I feel so comfortable playing on the table on Grace with no mat. I feel it captures the color.

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    It did not look that bad when we were there as you can see from my photo!
    However I have seen estuaries looking just that muddy colour in spate, so that was quite an astute choice of table top Dobbs.

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    You are right about the lower Chesapeake, Rob. The water down there almost looks like ocean water sometimes. 150 miles to the north, however, it has days when it looks like coffee with too much creamer!

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    How far up are you Dobbs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bligh View Post
    How far up are you Dobbs?
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    I just saw this Rob. We're at the very top. You can see the mouth of the Susquehanna from our community beach. Where we are is really freshwater. Where you were in Virginia is basically ocean water.

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    I'm really happy with my progress so far. All that remains is adding shrubbery and maybe roads. I'm torn on roads, because if I have them go off a connecting edge, I have to have a road on each edge of every piece to keep them interchangeable.

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    Suggestion: Maybe consider drilling some small holes in the ends and installing small magnets to hold them together as tables get jostled?

    As for roads, I wouldn't unless you're specifically mimicking Ares official pieces that do have them.
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    For my coastal paths I have some wend their way off and on along the back, with the odd path or track running down to a cove for landing actions. The only ones with a defined edge route are for those which have to always be adjacent like the ones expanding to fit the harbour sections or where they fit in with a fortification. As mine go up to the backboard I don't join them with anything at their ends. The exception to this is for parts which obtrude into the playing area in more than one piece, where I put a removable dowel in the ends with a hole in the adjoining piece.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondback View Post
    Suggestion: Maybe consider drilling some small holes in the ends and installing small magnets to hold them together as tables get jostled?

    As for roads, I wouldn't unless you're specifically mimicking Ares official pieces that do have them.
    Hmmm, I like this magnet idea. I think I'll insert a magnet on the left of each piece and a screw on the right. That way I don't have to worry about polarity.

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    Should do the trick. I may even follow suit Dobbs. let me know how you fare.
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    Looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dobbs View Post
    Hmmm, I like this magnet idea. I think I'll insert a magnet on the left of each piece and a screw on the right. That way I don't have to worry about polarity.
    Or epoxy a nut or washer in there, whatever gives a cheaper "cost per item."
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    If you can get washers with the smaller holes in them it gives a better area of attraction. A pair of magnets would be too strong when it came to disassembly. That may end up damaging your terain model.

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    Good work, Dobbs! Your coastline is looking great.

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