Jelly's Table
by Pat "Pat" Ohta

I had always heard that everything goes completely quiet just before the attack. Lies. For nothing could be further from the truth. Even before a single shell has fired, the screaming of motors and the yelling of troops can shake a man to his very foundation. From my vantage point I am unable to see the enemy but I can track them by the smoke and dust being kicked up and into the air. They are closing and what was deafening before is even worse now. I wipe the sweat from my brow and reach down to rub my fingers dry on my trousers. Any second now...

This table was made for a local store. The table is 4'x8' and can be broken down into two 2'x4' pieces to do intro games and for ease of transport and storage. The shop I made it for also requested that their building be on a table, so I decided to make part of the board look like the area the business is located in.

Step 1
First, I drew a map of what the table's layout would be. Once satisfied with this, I started to create the buildings.

Step 2
The first building I made was the huge warehouse. I wanted this building to look like the warehouse across the street from the shop. This building has the typical arched roof seen on many warehouses, as well as corrugated roll up doors. These features are distinctive enough that I made sure to include them in my design.

Step 3
I first drew out the front of the building onto foam board. The walls were drawn out, cut, and glued together. To make sure the joiints were neat, I used a rabbet cutter and applied hot glue in the groove (3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 3E, 3F & 3G).

Step 4
Once the walls were glued together, I glued together, I glued corrugated card to foam board to make the doors (4A & 4B).

Step 5
When this was done, I added the roof (5A & 5B). Currugated card was also applied here.

Step 6
Now that the building itself was done, I added some plastic grating to the back and other bits to the front (6A & 6B).

Step 7
I also made a smode stack and a walkway for the top of the building. The smoke stack was made from odds and ends from my bits box along with parts from the pegasus Chemical Plant set (7A, 7B, 7C, 7D, 7E & 7F).

Step 8
The next building was ade in much the same fashion as the first. To decorate this building, I used both the Pegasus Chemical and Power Plant kits. I also added vacuum formed panels to the back of the building to add detail (8A, 8B, 8C, 8D, 8E, 8F & 8G).

Step 9
To make the tower, I cut 4 triangle panels and glued them together. This was covered with corrugated card and mounted in place (9A, 9B, 9C & 9D).

Step 10
The finished building and the one it is based on.

Step 11
To fill out the table I made a few other buildings using the same basic methods and left the rest of the space open. This way more buildings could be added at a later time.

Step 12
The table itself was made using 2'x4' sheets of foam. I made sure to keep the areas relatively flat so the boards could be stacked away when not in use. The roads were made using foam board covered with a textured material.

 

 

Pat