What I've created is a spin (no pun intended) on the traditional rectangular Risk game board.
I have on occasion been stuck being the guy on the wrong side of the table during a 6 player session, having to read Kamchatka upside down for two hours. I've also been the clumsy dude, knocking adjacent players pieces all over the board. First world problems, I know. But problems nonetheless. I'm all about efficiency and the magnetic rotating Risk board solves all of those problems with the convenience of being able to move the board around with your pieces held in place.
You can make your own. You can add your own personal touch and get as creative as you want. This is how I made mine.
First let me give you a rundown of all the materials/tools I used.
1/2" bore bit
3/4" thick 26" diameter table top: http://www.readytocover.com/26-inch-round-plywood-table-top.html
Golden acrylic paints, glaze, and gesso
paint markers (gold for borders and red for sea paths)
Rust-oleum Magnetic Primer
artist tape/painter's tape
Krylon Crystal Clear acrylic coating
1/2" carriage bolt
4x 3/8" nuts and bolts
24x 3/8" washers
1/2" bearing: http://www.vxb.com/page/bearings/PROD/Kit7494
(imitation) gold leaf and adhesive
stylus for embossing country names (if you can call what I did embossing, I dunno)
5mm x 5mm x 1mm magnets
Step 1: Making a 1/2" Hole for the Carriage Bolt
Before I do anything else to the board, I want to get the center hole out of the way. There's a smaller hole on the underside of the tabletop. It's dead center so I use it as a guide for boring the center hole with the electric drill and bore bit.
Step 2: Painting the Outline of Continents - Gesso and Magnetic Primer
I cover the entire board with artist tape. I try to make it as seamless as possible to avoid getting any gesso or primer on the rest of the board as I plan to stain any remaining exposed wood. The white and matte artist tape allows me to sketch the continents in pencil and plan where I am going to place each of the countries. The challenge with this was envisioning a spherical three-dimensional object on a two dimensional circular surface. I wanted to maintain the shape of the continents while keeping the needs of the game board in mind. Some warping of Asia was necessary for the board to continue making sense. There had to be enough space within each country to hold a decent amount of troops. In spite of having to make some compromises, I am quite happy with the silhouette of the continents and the area of the play space.
After this sketch, I cut the outline of the sketch to create a stencil and proceed to apply gesso (at least 3 coats) and magnetic primer. Mix the magnetic primer well if you want to magnetize your board. The primer will not work if several layers of well mixed paint are not applied.
Step 3: More Gesso for Painting Seas Gold Outlining for Coasts/borders
After removing the artist tape, I start to tackle the oceans and coasts/borders. I want to try to preserve the edges of the continents so after applying gesso, carefully to the edge of each continent, I outline them with a gold paint marker.
I want a similar sharp and random edge (imitating coastlines and natural faults in the ocean) so I outline the surrounding areas with artist tape, sketch an edge and cut it with an X-Acto knife like I did earlier with the continents. I'll fill it to the edge with gesso in preparation for painting the oceans/bodies of water.
Step 4: Painting Continent/border Outline
I paint the edges of continents and countries in the traditional Risk colors. I am using artists acrylic paint.
*notice I couldn't wait to try the gold leaf
see the gold smudges? - I'll fix that later
Step 5: Painting Oceans
The color that I am mainly using in the oceans is Cerulean Blue. I try to create depth and contrast by blending areas of deep and shallow water through shades of this single color with mostly white surrounding the coastlines.
Step 6: Painting the Risk and Reinforcements Decals
Instead of using a solid color for the signage on the board, I wanted it to look like outlined plaster to contrast with the minimal stained wood grain surrounding it. I like using stencils to keep a sharp and clean edge. More gesso!
Step 7: Gold Leafing Countries
Step 8: Staining and Writing Armies Decal
I use a rag to stain the remaining exposed wood. Multiple coats will be needed.
I also finish writing the information of each continent on the armies decal.
Step 9: Cutting Notches for Carriage Bolt
To accommodate the square top of the carriage bolt. I use a #6 X-Acto knife to cut the notches. Now the top of the bolt is flush with the top of the game board.
Step 10: Embossing and Sea Paths
Step 11: Painting Border
You guessed it! More gesso. I cover it with some iridescent gold paint.
Step 12: Applying Clear Coat
After I'm done with the decorative features of the board, I apply multiple coats of a clear acrylic coating to protect the board and provide a nice finish.
Step 13: Gluing Magnets on Game Pieces
Epoxy is used to glue the small hobby magnets to the infantry and cavalry game pieces. I don't think it's necessary to put them on cannons as the they are usually very stable.
Step 14: Assembling Base and Finishing Up!
Now it's time to play some Risk in style.