Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Stoelzel's Urban Tiles (Clean)
Last time I showed you the car park tiles from the Stoelzel's Undeveloped Real Estate (URE) set. This time, I want to show you the urban tiles I have made. Quite a few of the tiles come in two versions - clean and dirty. Most of the urban tiles I have made are of the clean variety. As my ATZ-FFO campaign progresses, I'll introduce more and more dirty tiles.
I have decided that my standard game board size is going to be 15" by 15" thus allowing me to fit four ground tiles per board. All of the boards shown in this review are this size. Putting six of these boards together gives me a gaming board measuring 45" by 30", which is a nice size for most games I'll play. Plus, it fits nicely on my dining room table. I should mention that the six boards in each set-up are not attached in any way. They are simply laid flat on my tabletop.
Finally, I'll leave you with a few useful tips. By far and away the best method to glue the tiles to the foamboard is to use aerosol adhesive. I use 3M Spray Mount. I draw a grid on the foamboard (usually just two lines for these boards) to show where the tiles should go. Yes, I know - one in each corner! But the grid gives you something to line up to when fixing the tile. Secondly, always edge the tiles before gluing them in place. A black marker pen is ideal for this. Thirdly, when it comes to edging the foamboard I use acrylic paints and I match the paint to the colours of the tiles. I use white foamboard for my gaming boards so they certainly do need edging just to finish them off. You could get away with not edging if you use black foamboard, but personally, I wouldn't recommend it.