Create a Blood Bowl Pitch
Learn how to create a Blood Bowl Pitch!
We recently made a very nice Blood Bowl Pitch for the store using common materials. I wanted to create a small tutorial on how we achieved that.
First step! Grab a 36" wide interior slab hollow core door from your local hardware store. Mine ran about $30.
Second, mark a line. We made our play board five feet long. This should leave lots of room on all four sides of the official play area for dug outs, terrain, and scoreboards.
Using a plywood blade on a circular saw, cut the door at the line. Save the cut end and knock the cardboard door sides off the wooden plug. You can also get some 1"x1" lumber to make a new plug if your plug gets damaged.
Insert the plug into the cut end and nail with finishing nails. Use a nail set to sink the nails in so they don't stick out and scratch the table.
Flip the door and nail the other side of the plug as well.
Time to start marking squares! Using the existing board as a guide, figure out the size of each square. Place hash marks at each square edge, then use a large straight edge to draw the lins in pencil. Where the lines intersect, we will glue down a silicone tile spacer cross. These are super cheap and a $2.99 bag was enough for an entire pitch. As always, check the fit with the first square using a figure. Don't want to find out they don't fit later!
The entire pitch grid has been marked. Compare to the official pitch. They should be the same size so the ruler will work effectively.
Time to glue! A dot of super glue on the intersection of each line, then hold the tile spacer down on top. The glue should set pretty quickly as the door surface and the tile spacer are very flat. Try to work in batches, I put down ten glue dots then ten tile spacers.
This will take a while but it is worth it.
Test fit as you go. Don't worry about the arms of each tile spacer exactly matching the lines. The important part is that the center matches the intersection of the lines.
Whew! All done! Take a break.
Next step is building the field on top of the crosses. You have a lot of lattitude on how to do this, depending on how you want your field to look. I've gone for a traditional grass look, similar to the grass boards in the store. The first step of terrain building is the dirt. I've mixed houspaint color matched to Steel Legion Drab, sand, white glue, and a bit of water. Slather it all over the board but make sure it doesn't pile up too highly around the crosses.
Wait for the mixture to dry, then drybrush a lighter house paint onto the texture.
Wait for the drybrushed paint to dry. I use the Woodland Scenics method for building up flock colors. First, spray the board with a 4:1 mix of water to white glue.You may need to vary the amount of water to get it to spray. Then sprinkle Green Blend flock to cover 75% of the dirt. Normally you would work in sections but the pitch is just small enough to do in one batch, which is what I've decided to do here.
Green Blend layer complete. Let dry over night. Note that I've left most of the dirt patches on the non-play area of the pitch.
After the glue dries over night, you can add additional colors. Soak the board with another layer of spray glue then sprinkle patches of other flock colors. I've added in Burnt Grass, Yellow, and Dark Green. Let the glue dry overnight again. Then spray the whole board with a 4:1 mix of water to Minwax Polycrylics. This is a clear water soluable acrylic floor sealer. It draws rock hard and sprays easily when diluted with water. This ensures the flock will never pull up.
Paint the lines after the polycrylic dries over night. I drybrushed Rakarth Flesh to the tops of the tile spacers to mark the line. You can dry brush more patterns into the end zones and center field if you like.