I have started using Zach's ideas for 3D Hybrid Maps (from the main FMS website) and hope to have some pics in a few weeks. Till then, a question. Zach, in your FAQ about this you mention using "Four permanent markers". Do the markers come off easily enough so you can re-use the plexiglass or do you buy more each time? May seem a dumb question but the permanent markers we have here in Oz are very hard to get off plexiglass. Or are the rivers etc in dry-erase markers and the permanent markers for another use?
Hi, The trick, which I learned in the military, is to use a dry erase marker to erase the permanent marker. Something in the dry erase marker ink will cut right through permanent marker instantaneously. Then you just wipe both off with a paper towel. That said, you want to use a permanent marker for the map, because dry erase itself comes off a bit too easily during game play.
Howdy! Also keep in mind a great alternative to dry erase is Liquid Chalk Markers. Same ease of use but once dry after a few moments it will take a wet towel to get it off. Use it to write on plexi and window glass. This seems to be a good fit for it as well.
I've seen this done before with roads and rivers, but not with forests like what you've got here. That's an excellent idea. A few years ago I did something similar by sticking foliage together with glue, then baking it in the over to dry it out (otherwise it took a week to dry because of the spongey nature of the foliage. This is a much faster way to get a similar effect. And having the base material already being the right color is a time saver.
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You're putting me to shame! What is that map builder software again? That map is awesome. That said, my days of taping together a hundred pieces of paper to make a super map are long gone. I think my Wagram map did me in - putting that thing together took forever. Worth it. But your software looks much better, and easier, than what I did was. This is probably the way to go for hybrid maps. It also looks better.
I will be mailing my giant Wagram map to the East Coast of the US soon so that I can set it up at a convention in November. Should get some looks...
Also, I just switched jobs and changed cities, and I now have a lot more free time, so I'll be on here a lot more than I have been. You've been posting more than I have been for awhile! Anwyays, always great to see your stuff, very imaginative and always well executed.