Wednesday, January 8, 2014

DIY 3D Settlers of Catan game board.

This is not a typical home-related project that I usually post, but I just had to share this amazing labour of love a friend of mine did for her boyfriend!
Her name is Al. She's soft-spoken, but has a wickedly hilarious sense of humour, and is artistic in a way that I could only dream of.
Her boyfriend happens to be a huge Settlers of Catan fan, so like any thoughtful girlfriend, she decided to make him a 3D version of the game that only took over 80 hours to make (boyfriend, you've got yourself a keeper!

Here is how she described the process:

The first thing I did was rolling out the Fimo microwavable clay (rather than the regular stuff which would be too heavy, takes 45 minutes to bake in the oven, and releases toxic fumes).  I used two CD covers and a rolling pin so each tile would be the same thickness.
... I found a hexagonal lantern that I could use as a cutter, and it turns out it was almost identical to the real Catan pieces.
After microwaving them, they had to cool down for several minutes, then be sanded, and painted with acrylic paint.
Here I used metallic nail polish for the ore in the mountains...
and for the water on the tiles (not pictured), I used tinted gel and interference blue and gloss varnish.

The evolution of the wheat field tile.
The wool tile. You can see an accidental bubble (from microwaving it too long) which turned into a hill.
After creating, microwaving, sanding, painting, and varnishing the tiles (with a matte varnish), I used strong bonding glue to attach hexagonal cut cork (to prevent sliding).
I used cork pads (for under chairs) for the number chits. I painted them with a neutral unbleached titanium paint, and then hand-painted the numbers on them.
and the final (blow-your-mind) product:

 What a lucky guy.
I'm not a Catan player myself (too wimpy to be competitive), but I would buy this baby off that boyfriend of hers in a heartbeat just so I could frame it and stare it all day... and maybe sing to it.

Well, I'm sure there's a Catan fan out there who is nuking themselves some hexagonal clay this very moment ;)
Thank you for sharing this, Al! :) 

Have a wonderful Thursday, folks!


  1. We're huge settlers fans and this is amazing! Beyond amazing! Hope he realizes what a blessed man he is! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Ok this is amazing! Love Catan and if I ever get the patience, I will make this. Thanks for sharing!

    Put A Bird On It

  3. That is amaze-balls.I love it!! She did a fantastic job!



I love reading your comments! Thank you for taking the time to respond and I look forward to hearing what you have to say!