When playing miniature games, I don’t particularly like it when the dice are rolled all over the table. I like to think that I’m not too fussy when it comes to my figures and terrain (which is, of course, a self-deceit), but I wince when the dice bump against minis or crash into buildings.
Many people use dice towers, which have several advantages, one of them being that they take up a small footprint. However, I like rolling dice and I don’t see why a box should get to do all the fun stuff.
The solution is, of course, to use a dice tray. Fortunately, this is easily made.
For the tray, I got myself timber panels from the local art supply.
They come in different sizes, are sturdy but not very expensive and look neat. I then cut green felt in the correct size and glued it into the panel. Voilà! That was easy. I made a small one, 15x20cm, for RPGS and games like Sellswords & Spellslingers, where only a couple of dice are rolled. I also made a larger version, which is 20x30cm, for games like Sharp Practice, where you roll buckets of dice.
If you look closely you can see that, me being me, the felt is cut a bit wobbly and in the small tray, the glue came through the felt at some points. I used less glue for the larger tray, which worked better.
Virago also made himself such trays, but Virago being Virago, he of course cut everything straight. He used two-sided adhesive tape for glueing the felt into the box, which is an excellent idea.
Even better, he made a special dice tray for his Blood Angels:
He used red felt and then used a cutting plotter to make an airbrush mask for the logo. Very impressive work!
Making dice trays is easy and as Virago has shown, you can go to lengths to customize them for your favourite game or army.