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Where Hobby Games and Board Games Collide


Recreating board sections like these would be very easy.
When I first conceived Broken Contract, I imagined it as a board game that would have all of the framework in place to seamlessly transition into a hobby game. With that in mind, I specifically opted for measurements in inches and decided against using squares. Now that I've seen that pursuing the game strictly as a miniature board game isn't necessarily the best plan, I've decided to translate the flat game boards into modeled terrain to showcase its versatility. Below are two WIP shots of game board sections translated to modeled terrain using hardboard, pink insulation foam, and a breakaway blade to texture the mine walls. Each mine section is on an 8"x10" section of hardboard.

This is a view up the mine tunnel. You're seeing three 8"x10" board sections in a row. 

Over the next few weeks I'm really looking forward to making board sections of a variety of shapes to emulate the a three dimensional vision of the mines, because in a 3D setting, miniatures really come to life.

Layouts small and large could really come to life when brought into a 3D environment. 

By texturing every side of the foam used in these mine sections I am able to line up board sections to create both flowing tunnels and dead ends without sacrificing the mine "look".

Though the game will still be designed to be played on flat board sections I think miniature hobbyists will get great joy out of making their own mine boards, particularly in modular sections like I'm designing. They are really flexible and will be able to be configured into a multitude of configurations. I'm really looking forward to knocking a few more of these sections out and really lavishing some detail on them. More to come!


-Nick

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