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Offline armchairgeneral

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Decorating the Wargames Room
« on: February 15, 2020, 08:20:26 AM »
Recently moved house and I am now fortunate to have a room dedicated to wargaming.

As we are gradually working through the house decorating each room, the wargaming room is next in line. So I am looking for ideas for the decor? I was just thinking light blue walls as a “sky” backdrop for photos of games but other thoughts would be welcome.
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Re: Decorating the Wargames Room
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2020, 09:25:28 AM »
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Sounds much more comfortable than the dining table
A vintage manowar poster might set the tone  lol
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Re: Decorating the Wargames Room
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2020, 09:26:45 AM »
Paint the walls black and play Death Metal on 11?  lol

I'll get me coat......

Offline majorsmith

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Re: Decorating the Wargames Room
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2020, 10:23:00 AM »
Go classy with military pictures and weapons on the wall

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Re: Decorating the Wargames Room
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2020, 11:11:43 AM »
Sounds great! just to be clear, I presume this is a room for gaming rather than painting/modelling? Either way lighting is important (although this may be beyond the scope of "decorating"). A vaguely sky colour for the walls sound like a good plan. Display cabinets with the armies on parade might set the tone as well as being handy for deployment. Bookshelf for rule sets could also look good and be convenient.
Art probably depends on your wargaming genres of choice: ancient greek pots featuring battling hoplites and/or a print of the box art from the first plastic space marine box set?
Maybe medals won by relatives (or you!) or other memorabilia? If you have a French Eagle captured by an ancestor during the Napoleonic wars I suggest it goes in this room, for example.
If you are considering furniture I think it is useful to have some areas away from the gaming table to put stuff (books and soldiers but also cups of tea!).
Not sure any of that helps if you are just trying to choose a shade of wall paint, but good luck!

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Re: Decorating the Wargames Room
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2020, 11:52:21 AM »
Paint the walls black and play Death Metal on 11?  lol

I'll get me coat......

Flippancy aside, to be honest, I'd just decorate it to fit the rest of the house.

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Re: Decorating the Wargames Room
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2020, 12:23:28 PM »
Flippancy aside, to be honest, I'd just decorate it to fit the rest of the house.

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What you put in the room will create the mood

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Re: Decorating the Wargames Room
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2020, 12:59:56 PM »
I’ve opted for a few military pics (mostly mid C17th)  suitably framed plus some appropriate  sketches from the Illustrated London News found on eBay (Sudan and North West Frontier) which I also. had framed. Have left space for a campaign map if needed.
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Re: Decorating the Wargames Room
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2020, 06:33:29 PM »
Thanks for the comments chaps  :)

I should say I have a few military pictures and maps as well as bookcases full of books (some of which I have actually read!) rules and box files full of figures that won’t fit in the display cabinet which the previous owners left behind that has proved handy. One wall is all fitted cupboards which I can assure you is not full of wargaming clutter.

I expect I will go for a light colour to maximise the light as I do my painting in there as well.


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Re: Decorating the Wargames Room
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2020, 07:49:41 PM »
Photos....we need lots of photos....

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Re: Decorating the Wargames Room
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2020, 09:27:18 PM »
Walnut wood panelling would add an air of sophistication Peter  :D

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Re: Decorating the Wargames Room
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2020, 10:19:12 PM »
I painted a wall in my War Room a warlike red.  I sometimes have cause to regret that decision...
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Re: Decorating the Wargames Room
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2020, 10:39:45 PM »
I painted a wall in my War Room a warlike red.  I sometimes have cause to regret that decision...

Nice looking room....although I get your point about the red wall...still ok if you are playing a Martian game

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Re: Decorating the Wargames Room
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2020, 10:44:32 PM »
Walnut wood panelling would add an air of sophistication Peter  :D
I don’t think the budget or my DIY skills will stretch to that Keith. But nice idea.

I painted a wall in my War Room a warlike red.  I sometimes have cause to regret that decision...
Looks okay. The wife has talked me into one wall having a Laura Ashley wallpaper  o_o Not so warlike but maybe giving an eighteenth century flavour where the majority of my wargaming interests reside  :)

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Re: Decorating the Wargames Room
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2020, 10:50:06 PM »
Ragnar
Conan of cimmeria!   
The framed signed original artwork that every wargames room needs.
Laura who? lol