I've had a battleboard project in the back of my head for quite some time, and I've finally gotten around to putting pencil to paper to start planning it.
Last year I had intended to make a Moria board for my goblins to play on. I wanted to have it complete in time for the Shadow in the East GT last June, but then somebody else beat me to the punch (*cough* Dave) and I ended up abandoning my plans. This time, however, I've got my Arnor army complete and its high time I made a board to match.
I spent a lot of time perusing the Ruin of Arnor sourcebook (which is a beautiful supplement, BTW) for inspiration, and I decided to include a lot of the features the GW guys came up with. Specifically, I wanted a ravine - because I love 3D boards - and some flat, raised spaces for ruins.
Here's what I came up with:
I've got the board quartered so that I can use it in smaller parts for scenarios, and also to make it easier to store.
The topography represents 3/4 inch foam rises, and the numbers correspond to the level of stacking. I haven't included anything specific around features, but there will be scattered rock outcroppings, stone bridges, and some cave mouths. I'm still undecided as to whether I should make the ground snowy or grassy.
Above all, I want a board that's interesting, but still playable. I want to encourage maneuver, so I placed the rises so that from most angles its impossible to see every part of the board - thereby making it harder to stand off and shoot while the enemy approaches.