Plasticard VS Hard Carboard

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Plasticard VS Hard Carboard

Thu Dec 24, 2009 11:06 am

Which is better for basing terrain features.
Plasticard seems to be more expensive and hard to cut but very duarable.
Hardboard seems to be easy to find and free but can be damaged.

Any thoughts as I wish to be redoing all my terrain stuff and have no experiance with plasticard

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Re: Plasticard VS Hard Carboard

Thu Dec 24, 2009 12:27 pm

With no experience whatsoever behind me (so my oppinion doesn't count for much here) I would think that hardboard warps.
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Re: Plasticard VS Hard Carboard

Thu Dec 24, 2009 1:08 pm

Hardboard is 4mm thick usually. The chances of that warping are very low.

'Hard cardboard' (something like mounting board? Cereal packet card? There are many types....) will warp if sufficiently damp, such as through glue or paint. Plasticard will not. However, the latter is still flexible and so one has to be wary of it bending and breaking off the terrain base material and attachments. It's also very smooth, so you will need to 'key' the surface in order to allow Polyfilla or other material to adhere. Ditto the underside, to prevent it sliding on the tabletop.

Your best bet is to go cheap and experiment. Expect failure so don't invest lots of money, but get some ideas into practice and see how effective they are.

Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) is the best all-round basing material, especially the 2mm stuff available from good craft shops and picture framers.

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Re: Plasticard VS Hard Carboard

Thu Dec 24, 2009 9:25 pm

MDF warps though.
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Re: Plasticard VS Hard Carboard

Fri Dec 25, 2009 10:23 am

Thanks Typhoon2 i will do exactly that and try out and see what best fits me.

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Re: Plasticard VS Hard Carboard

Fri Dec 25, 2009 11:23 am

MDF could warp in theory, but I've never encountered it and commercial terrain manufacturers use it extensively. May be an idea to ask a picture framer or similar for a few offcuts in order to experiment before investing in expensive materials or committing to a large project.

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