So if you’ve followed my blog before (and many thanks if you have) then you’ve noticed that we’ve tried to kick off our “Look Out, Sir!” blog in addition to our individual ones… Sadly, this is a lost cause because it becomes too difficult with all of us being apart from each other as well as dealing with the daily hustle and bustle of life. So, I have broken off from that blog and have decided to get back to fully investing in this one… my very first one, The Jungles of Lustria. I am going to try to come out with weekly articles, painting updates, and other things. So please… check back often as I will get this going on my own, with links to my brother’s blog, Horned Rat Rob. We are going to try to double team this thing and get back to doing what we do best: Painting and playing this wonderful game of Warhammer. To start things off, I wanted to get your thoughts on something. It’s something that I’ve thought about for awhile and so decided to put it into a blog. So, to begin, here’s my first weekly article (rant) in the critically acclaimed “Tales from the Jungle: Do you Display Board?”
I’ve played in many Grand Tournaments and have met many awesome players through this hobby. One of the most enjoyable parts for me is participating in these huge events and seeing what everybody else has done to make their army unique. Whether it’s one-of-a-kind shoulder pads on Space Marines, excellent green stuffing, or vastly converted armies and models, one thing is for certain, the painter spent a lot of time on his/her army to make it stand out from the rest. One of the growing trends, though, that I have noticed in the GT circuit is the use of display boards. It has grown into one of the biggest trends I believe I’ve seen in this hobby, rivaling even the unique model bases on every model in the army. It has grown so much so that it has almost become a necessity in order to win a top spot. Admittedly, I have created a display board or two in my day but the only reason I have is because I want a chance to win it all. I feel as though it’s not even attainable if you don’t have one. I’ve even noticed that in some cases, the display board looks better than the entire army! Like they spent all their time working on the board as opposed to the individual models! It’s a trend that I don’t necessarily agree with but one that I feel I have to embrace, especially if I’m aiming for a top spot.
So I’ve gone through and decided to give a quick synopsis on the pros and cons of creating a unique display board for your army:
– Brings the entire army together as a whole. (You can use pieces of terrain on your display board to fit in with your army’s theme to tie it all in.)
– Doubles as a movement tray! (A lifesaver in tournaments!)
– Definite “cool” factor.
– You’ve spent months trying to finish your army… now you need to create a display board?!?
– It’s really a necessity if you participate in the GT Circuit.
– If you travel (especially on airplanes) to get to your GT destination – it can be a hassle.
– Depending on how much time you spend on your display board, it could take away from your entire army if you have IT painted / decorated better than your army.
Below are some examples of display boards, and even one that I have created for my army in the past. They can really make an army look (even more) awesome if it helps to tie in on the theme of the army… like a Space Wolves army mounted on a snow-covered display board… or a Chaos Khorne army surrounded by the skulls of their opponents… Really just depends on how immaculate you want to go on your creativity. You can just get a piece of plywood and spray it black and call it a display board or get out the foam cutter and decorate it all up to show exactly what you want. It’s all up to you… So, have you joined the recent trend in Warhammer and Warhammer 40K? Do you display board?!?