Storing it flat and having the surface still be flat for models to balance well etc was something we wanted for any boards. We may even double side them as they are laid on some towels on top of the table, meaning the under side would not get damaged.
Necromunda / Cityscape will be the other side of this one, although not with the same cracked plating, then maybe Man O War / Seascape and Space Hulk / Starscape on a second board. My friend lives real close to a timber merchant so getting the 6 * 4 back to his house whilst a tight squeeze is not too much grief.
The paint I should have said, from B&Q
, is the equivalent of Hope Depot (I think). We used tester pots of paint, the ones you get to put a little patch on your wall to see if you like the colour. We mixed 4:1 Chocolate Milkshake and some red I forget the name of, then a dash of a gray which was about the same colour as GW chadron granite (although again interior wall paint). It is then drybrushed using a colour called "Bumble" although we will likely give it another brush with that to bring it up and will give a slightly redder wash in the cracks. It was all B&Q own brand paint which is cheaper than Crown, Dulux etc. We ended up spending the same on testers as we would have with one tin of a single colour, we got less paint but a variety of colours for the highlights/shading and we got the colours we wanted and we had enough to do two full coats.
You could use serial packet card or something as well for the plated surface but I wanted it to be quite solid and not have dogeared edges coming up so went for the 0.5mm plastic.
The board itself is 18mm MDF, we looked at OSB as well but it flexed too much under its own weight, the MDF is really solid. If you are doing modular pieces that go on a solid table (instead of propped up by a 3'*3' table with the board over hanging like ours) then that is less of an issue though.
We wanted to get our game in though last weekend and it was ready to use