Materials: Paper mache, cotton, rocks, party favor rings, wood and craft grass.
This project started off with an obsession with playing Settlers of Catan.
I saw a lot of great Catan Mods online and wanted to make my own.
First I had to set up a work environment. I found a little workspace in an unused cubicle in the back of our office.
I wanted to make each square out of real material, so I set off to find some supplies.
I found some very cheap paper mache hexagon shapes at a local craft store.
I used the lids of the boxes for each game square. Meanwhile, the boxes were great for storing supplies as I worked!
I wanted to make each square out of real material. First was wood.
I found some small logs at a hobby store and started to create each shape.
Wood piece halfway done. Testing the fit of the removable resource ring.
These rings were made from Lord of the Rings party favor rings. I removed each image and drew numbers by hand with metallic sharpie markers!
I made this one out of a cut in half plastic dinosaur skeleton.
I painted everything over with metallic acrylic craft paint!
Board is looking pretty good now! Tested the fit of all of the rings.
Next I wanted to add a few things to each piece.
I bought some tiny sod patches from a gaming store and added them to the wood pieces with tweezers and glue.
Next was the wheat! Yellow craft grass did just the trick. I got it to tuft up on the hexagon by adding a mound of paperclay underneath.
Wait! What about the sheep? I got some tiny plastic sheep and covered them with deconstructed q-tips!
Testing the board with the wheat pieces.
Around this time we had to move to the new office I had just finished designing. This is me taking down our mascot to move to the next office.
We moved to a nice new space a half mile down the street.
I ended up finishing just in time for the new office! Here's the final test on our new library table.
We had a big open office party and I put the finishing touches on the gameboard there.
Here are some of the guests playing the game! All done!