The other day while browsing at the local hardware store* trying to find tools to aid my latest project I happened upon this humdinger pictured below.
The NT DRESSER Ever Grit Sander RS-310P (has ever a name tripped so easily off the tongue?) may not look like much, but I can assure you it is a little piece of grit-surfaced magic.
In the hands of a professional such as myself, this tool allows one to sand straight lines into foam mats, in about two or three runs through, with results that you can see in the next photograph.
As I am putting together a gridded gameboard for a miniatures battle in early January this tool is an absolute godsend. I was imagining having to melt lines into the foam or, heaven forbid, draw squares in on the board. Instead, two evenings after my little visit to the Kohnan I have a board comprised of 18 by 8 10cm squares delineated by subtle depressions that I will be able to flock over while still, to the watchful eye, revealing the artful geometry that underpins it.
Or that is the hope, at least...
To finish here is a view of two-thirds of the board, pre-flock:
* Don't tell the wife, but since I've got back into wargaming the local hardware store is a far more interesting place than it used to be...