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I recently purchased some blocks from Columbia Games:

http://www.columbiagames.com/cgi-bin/query/cfg/bits.cfg

and, using this file:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/30733/circus-maximus-c...

created wooden counters for the game. However, the blocks are about 1" square so I would like to create an upsized map to utilize them.

I am looking for pointers for creating an upsized board. Some random thoughts:

- I could draw the new board on a piece of plywood but I'm thinking that this would not produce a quality product.

- Printing a board might work but I don't know if there is a file that is available and I don't really have the skills/software to create a decent file.

- The scan of the board here is not high quality and upsizing that would not produce a quality version.

Additionally, if I do fo with printing out a copy, what would be the best way to finish it up. Affix to plywood? Chipboard? Laminate? Other?

Any help would be appreciated.


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JP Trostle
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kjamma, I've created a couple of large-size "boards" over the years, and ditched the wood in favor of cloth. (Finally just got sick of lugging the unwieldy slab around.)

As for cloth, I got a cotton sheet and secured it to a flat table, then drew the grid of the straightaway with a straight edge and a heavy graphite pencil. You could also do it with a fine or medium point marker, but first run a test on the material to be sure the ink doesn't bleed. For the corners, I enlarged a section of the original track on a photocopier and put it under the cloth on a light table and carefully traced it using a ruler for the straight lines and homemade compass for the curves (yes, doing the straight section was much easier.)

So, say you don't trust your hand on cloth or wood? For 1" blocks, you simply have to enlarge the track that came with the board game by 200%. (The squares in the AH version are 1/2")

Do this on a nice photocopier, then cut and assemble the pieces and mount on black foam core or wood. (Maybe give it a nice old world finish with varnish if on wood.) Or, go back to cloth and use any of the special iron-on transfer paper available for inkjets, and iron the track onto a cotton sheet.

Come to think of it, if you don't mind getting a little sticky, you might be able to make a nice track using the enlarged photocopy of the original, glue it to some decent wood (probably avoid cheap stuff like plywood and chipboard) and give it a good shellacing.
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One more thought -- don't know what your budget is for this, but I saw today that Hotzmats makes a felt gladiator arena with hexes. He does custom work, so maybe he'd finally take on doing a circus maximus layout. http://www.hotzmats.com/
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Maybe you could print an ArtsCow canvas: http://www.artscow.com/photo-gifts/cat0503 or shower curtain: http://www.artscow.com/photo-gifts/shower-curtain/shower-cur...
 
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Kjama, Just saw your post. Hope this helps.
I'm about 90% complete going to a 1.5" scale using figures.
The board is easy to draw and I finished a version on paper in 3 - 4 hours. I plan to go to acetate for the final version.
I made my compass from a cheap yard stick cut in half and drilled holes in the appropriate scale.
Once I had the turn lanes drawn and I drew out the first third of the curve, My buddy made a template of that section of the turn on tracing paper. I was then able to flip that graphite side down and retrace to mark the sections, alternating sides until I had the other 5 sections . That transfered enough graphite to make completing the lines easy. The first section took about 30 minutes to draw with a protracter and a ruler. I complete the other 5 in about 30 minutes.
So far I have about 5 dollars and 4 hours into the board including a map tube for storage.
 
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