3D “Game of Thrones” Boardgame
Last GenCon I had a brain storm to turn the Fantasy Flight Game “Game of Thrones” into a 3D map board and use 15mm miniatures to represent the troops. The idea came from seeing a big map board of an old game called “Kingmaker” at some gaming conventions about 10 years ago. The guys who made it used miniatures to play the game and that sight always remained in my mind. So after playing “Game of Thrones” for a couple years I realized that I could make a pretty cool thing by turning this 2D map into a 3D map board. I emailed Fantasy Flight Games and got permission to do the project and I think they also plan to sponsor some games at this coming GenCon that our Club will be putting on.
The Board has come along nicely. It is roughly 2 ½ times the size of the board game map. I began by buying the base board. I then cut out the map and the provinces and kept gluing them to other poster boards and building up the layers. This gave it a topographical map look and after this part was finished I added mountains and various terrain making materials to make the map to make it look life like from a ravens view, all be it a space ravens view. To represent the game components such as castles and strongholds I sculpted the pieces and then cast them. The figures I purchased and painted up to match the colors schemes in the game and in the books. The ships were a bit trickier. I had to sculpt them and cast them in two pieces, the hull of the ship and the sails. The sails had to have the wire mast attached with glue and then the whole thing glued into the hull.
For the footmen and knights I painted up the miniatures but I was not sure if the color scheme would still stand out enough because of all the 3D terrain on the board. They did tend to blend in and so I’ll need to go in and paint the whole base the faction color and then add in a bit of grass just around the figure to finish it. The board is basically done I need to work on the border a bit and finish it. I also need to make the various tracks to show things like victory, and supply. These will each be separate and doubled in size from the game board which will allow for a bit more room for the tokens used to mark the positions of the players.
Overall it is really fun to play on this board and visually I could not be happier. I think it will be a big hit at GenCon or any place you can bring a 3 foot by 5 foot game board into a room that is filled with gaming geeks.