|I blocked in the major colors and the first hint of highlight. There are actually two different units here, distinguished by the color of their skirt.|
|Here is a close up of two of them, pretty close to done.|
I went to my local craft store and purchased 1/8 x 4 x 24 piece of Basswood. It was $2.99, not bad for a movement tray. After WAY too long trying to figure out the best arrangement and the spacing to put in between the little guys, I drew out my circles on the board and started cutting.
I had purchased a Dremel Multipurpose Cutting Kit #565 but I had never used it before.
Turns out, it works great but it is very loud! I was afraid my apartment neighbors would call the office on me! I was out on the patio, which was good because of all the sawdust, but it was very loud. I used the kit to create the holes in the middle, then I finished them out with a sanding band. The sanding band was much quieter and was easier to control when I got next to my pencil lines.
|You might notice all the pencil lines where I thought the holes would go. Like I said, it took me a while.|
|This is what they look like in their new movement tray. Notice the second board underneath.|
I know it is hard to tell from this picture but the 3" blast template can only hit one mini when it is centered on a guy. I lose about 2" on my back rank's range but I don't get killed with bombards either. I also hope this will keep some of them out of charge range when it comes to that.
I considered making the tray magnetic but I already have the washers on the bases of the Long Gunners and I decided not to mess with it. Maybe next time.
The smartest thing I did was use the board as a template for my next movement tray. I certainly don't want to try all the crazy math and measurements I did on this one.
The dumbest thing I did? Well, I started putting a unit in the tray to take a picture for the blog and realized I only cut 10 holes. With the Officer Attachment, I am 2 short! Dang it! I will still use it, as I can always put two of the guys to the side or in a back rank. Still, I am happy with my first attempt.
Thanks for reading!