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I have this great Citadel grass mat that I unroll on the old table for WHFB games. I have made lots of scenery pieces and this works great. Now, I want to have a 40k mat and the grass does not work so well.
I have seen the terrific Zuzzy latex mats and would love to be able to afford one (or maybe as a present...), but for the time being, I think it would be great to make an inexpensive mat that can be rolled out, then rolled up when finished.
My thought is some felt, which can be sprayed in a variety of colors to look OK, but I would really like to put some texture on it.
I have found a huge source of some great tiny rocks - check the rain downspout from your home for all of the tiny stones that wash off of your roof. These are often the perfect size and in a mix of similar colors. I have used the grey color (from my roof) for the bases on 40k figures and it looks awesome. And, it's free!
What could I use to coat the felt to be able to get some of these rocks and other flat terrain textures to stick in various spots? It would have to remain flexible, so I thought maybe rubber latex (a light powder after drying will keep it from remaining tacky), but I thought maybe someone else has made a great, cheap mat.
There are a few options here- http://www.librarium-online.com/foru...ies-sites.html. I like the look of the Hotz mats myself.
No more NG spearmen, thanks! Now I need some pump-wagons!
That link has some great resources! And, all of that has given me some great ideas....
I will try to post some pics, if I can get to this project in the near future. My plan will be to texture paint with latex over felt. After some quick airbrushing, I should have a great mat for next to nothing. A 4x6 piece of thick felt only costs about $6.50 and if I keep the paint from geting too thick, I should not have any problems with cracking.