DIY X-Wing Death Star tafel

(Repost. Origineel: Timbo / Timbo's creations)

Death Star Trench for X-Wing Miniature game

Recently my father game me the X-Wing Miniature game, and I must admit, it's pretty fun.  But playing the game on the floor or my dining room table, complete with yellow, red and green table cloth isn't all that great.  So I decided to make a game mat that looks like...
After doing a search online, I found that other people have made the same thing.


So, I think I will make one of my own.  To start I made a template in SketchUp for a game mat that will fit on my dining room table.  This mat will be made out of insulation foam.
Next I went back online and found various Death Star surface textures such as the ones seen below.


I copied the textures and printed out sheets of it on card stock.
I printed enough to fit the length and width of my dining room table.  I can always print more later if I need to.


Next, I went out and bought the insulation foam.
Then I began cutting it to fit the dimensions I laid out in SketchUp.
After a bit of cutting, toothpicks and some hot glue, I had my surface.
Then I continued cutting and gluing until I had the shape I wanted for the game board.







Next, I applied some double sided tape to my print outs and began cutting them out and adhering them to the surface.






After a few hours I had my surface completely covered.


At this point I took out the playing pieces and making sure the scale was somewhat accurate.  










But the game board is not complete yet.  Next I had to make some elements - namely the exhaust port and some laser towers.  I used some reference images online to make these.


I made a turbo laser in SketchUp to 3D print, however I do not have enough filament to print them - so those will have to wait.
Instead I started on the exhaust port.  I printed the exhaust port from photos found online.  I adhered them to some leftover foam and glued it to the trench.



Then I added some black spray paint to dirty up the trench a little.



Next I wanted to add more elements since the trench was looking a bit flat.  I took some leftover prints of the surface  adhered them to cardboard boxes I had, since at the moment I did not have any normal cardboard to use.
I cut them out into smaller pieces...


...and began gluing them randomly to the trench surface.




Next I made some more features, this time out of folder card stock.
I then glued them to the whole piece.




At this point the trench is not yet complete, but it's far enough along for me to try out a game or two with it.


So, when my filament finally arrived, I started to 3D print a turbo laser.





I think the scale is accurate for the playing pieces, but it looks awfully big on the game board.




So I made some smaller Turbo Lasers for the sake of the game board.  Also, my turbo laser above took over 6 hours to print, so smaller ones will probably take less time.
Next I began cleaning up my prints with files and my X-acto knife.



And then began applying many layers of primer.



When the primer dried I glued barrels to the turrets.
And then I painted them.





Once the paint dried, I placed them on my playing board.
And they look awesome!!!






I think I will make more Laser cannons in the future.  For now, 2 is good.


For the last step I made some playing cards for the Death Star Cannon towers and the exhaust port.
Another fun project complete for now.  Thanks for reading!