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Hi all,
I'm looking at building my first board. Built in sections a bit like carcasonne pieces. I'm using MDF as the base (as I have some lying around) and based on tutorials on the net, looking at putting some kind of foamy/polystyrene stuff on top.

I'm now stuck on what kind of foamy/polystyrene thing to use. A lot of the tutorials are US based and suggest US type products. Being over the UK I've had a look around the B&Q website and found the this and this The second one is classed as "Low Lambda Polystyrene" compared to the first which is just "Polystyrene".

Would one of these do or what should I be looking for? The other question is how do I make these things go hard so that they will have a more solid playing surface?

Thanks for any suggestions
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I think the first option should work fine. It resembles the type I used for my board. Look at my thread "My first game board" for some usefull hints and tips or go to my PLOG "Moriouce's Workshop" to see the finished result.

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I agree with Moriouce, the first one should do the trick as it's just a large sheet of the same stuff they use as packaging. Just be sure to take care with cutting it, it will blunt blades very quickly and will make a lot of mess. Also be careful with what glues you use, stick to PVA as super glue and other solvent based glues will melt it very quickly, as will spray primer.
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Im not sure about using the first one, as this is low density polystyrene and it not all that durable. Personally I would use Knauf Space Board but it looks like B&Q no longer stock this.

What we need is a reliable source of high density expanded polystyrene here in the uk.

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So maybe something more like this?
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That looks good. But what colour is 'colour'?

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Black? once I hit it with the spraygun it will be anyway.

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Careful with the spray. Some foams melt when you use spray paint on them. You might have to seal it with PVA glue, wall spackle or brushed-on paint first.
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After you have modelled polystyrene, I suggest you to put on terrain surface a mix of: 1/3 sand and little stones; 1/3 vinilic glue; 1/3 black water (90% water and 10% black acrilic paint).
In only one step you will get a texturizes black terrain surface ready to paint by using dry brush technique.
Final result will be like plastic.
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For best results, EXTRUDED foam insulation board (generally comes in pink or blue).
This is different from the EXPANDED (white) foam generally used as packing.

You can attach it to mdf or ply with a construction adhesive (liquid nails works well) - it's also quicker than pva.

I use a textured house paint to base coat the foam terrain (cost me $10 for a sample pot that will do quite a lot of terrain).

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