building a better RISK board, part 1

hopefully the progress picture shows up below, so you'll have some idea what i'm talking about. it looks pretty light right now... maybe i'll go over the outlines in pen before i paint. or maybe not. anyways, i'm doing it on a sheet of canvas, about 5 or 6 feet tall and 8 or 9 feet wide; roughly three times the size of a normal board. i'm planning to attach a large PVC pipe to one end, so the board (sheet... whatever) can be rolled up around it, and the pieces (spray-painted plastic army men) can be stored inside. i'm hoping to have it done by the time skool starts on september 8th, so we can have a game to kick off the year. i'll add more pictures when i get some decent amounts done.