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Once upon a Wednesday: tablescapes

The tablescapes tiles by Secret Weapon was a project I backed on Kickstarter with a friend. Even though we went half/half on the pledge, this project represents the most money I have put into a single project on that website.

The project delivered around 18 months late, following a succession of what I would call ‘unforced errors’. basically just poor project management. A such, the shine had gone out of this project by the time it arrived. For our pledge money we each received 32 tiles, enough to cover a single 4′ x 8′ table, or two 4′ x 4′ tables.

I took the second option and painted the tiles in two sets of 16. The first, in a desert scheme, I finished in 2015:

The second was done in an ash wastes scheme, which I finished in 2017:

In painting these I used a set or artist paints – Liquitex heavy body acrylics, and also the largest brushes I have ever used. In all this project was fun to bring to life. Originally I had intended to use these boards in games of SAGA, but the delay meant I had moved on by the time the boards arrived.

However SAGA Age of Magic would suit these fine, even the ash wastes board would look fine for my Otherworld army. It will be some time before I can play a game against anyone other than myself though.

7 comments on “Once upon a Wednesday: tablescapes

  1. maenoferren22
    September 23, 2020

    I am glad you got your product in the end. They look rather good

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    • davekay
      September 23, 2020

      Yes, it’s a good product. I think from a practical point of view, neoprene gaming mats with terrain on them do a better job. The tiles are nice though.

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  2. Kuribo
    September 25, 2020

    These look really nice. I thought about getting some of these as I think they can be a bit more immersive than a gaming mat but Secret Weapon had already had issues with making more and have discontinued them I believe so I was too late.

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    • davekay
      September 25, 2020

      Yes there were production issues and the manufacturers felt they owned the IP rather than SW, so there aren’t any more being produced. They have been selling off the remainder at half price

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      • Kuribo
        September 26, 2020

        Wow, that sounds like a really ill-fated project. That’s too bad because I’ve had good experiences with Secret Weapon. They generally make solid products.

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      • davekay
        September 26, 2020

        Their product quality is great, their ability to manage projects not so much. I think it ended up being about 18 months late.

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      • Kuribo
        September 27, 2020

        Ouch, I can see what you mean. 18 months late is a really long time…

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