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Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jun 2015 9:57 a.m. PST

I'm after modern paved roads suitable for 6mm gaming. Asphalt with lines and markings. I've found a toy or two but they give you two pieces (straights and intersections – no curves, no variety).

What options are there for contemporary roads and highways? I'm open to paper, latex, plastic, whatever.

VonTed01 Jun 2015 10:34 a.m. PST

I eagerly await this information :)

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jun 2015 10:39 a.m. PST

So far it's felt from Hotz and unpainted MDF from Gamecraft…

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jun 2015 10:49 a.m. PST

I can't help thinking "give Paper Terrain a couple of days"…. ;-)

trance01 Jun 2015 10:52 a.m. PST

The ones I bought from Gamecraft are resin he has a whole line including 2 and 4 lane roads and elevated highways.He sells a paint template for all his road systems seperately I highly recomend his products all of them…His buildings are awsome and span the middle east to europe he also does Nuke missile silo complexes Osama Bin Laden's compound in asatabad. Very large buildings in 1/285th to include a large hotel from Kabul afganistan,Al suud palace in bagdad and many others He does Patriot missile THAD systems in 1/285th Bridges an LHA and LCS in 1/285th and on and on go check his stuff out …

Greg G101 Jun 2015 10:59 a.m. PST

Have you tried GameCraft Miniatures? The link will take you to their road pages.
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Dynaman878901 Jun 2015 11:27 a.m. PST

Go a couple pages backwards and forwards on this GHQ models discussion topic. Roads, buildings, a hospital, and parking lots for the cost of ink and paper.

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GROSSMAN01 Jun 2015 11:49 a.m. PST

I think Hotz is your best bet, they are nice.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jun 2015 12:37 p.m. PST

Hotz: They look good just very limited…
Gamecraft: Yeah thos elook decent and I have other stuff would rather have ready made…

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jun 2015 12:40 p.m. PST

@Dynaman:

AWESOME! Just what I was looking for!

Ben Lacy Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jun 2015 1:06 p.m. PST

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Try this. I bought their cobblestone tape.

This is a gray road. You have to mount them on something hard, cardboard, etc.

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dsfrank01 Jun 2015 4:21 p.m. PST

I second Ben's recommendation above

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jun 2015 4:40 p.m. PST

Do they sell curves, intersections etc? I only see a roll of "straight"

Ben Lacy Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jun 2015 5:12 p.m. PST

I don't think they sell curves. I tried cutting gradual curves, but the results were not satisfactory. However, the straight roads are excellent. ben

BattlerBritain02 Jun 2015 5:49 a.m. PST

There was a thread here on TMP recently with this link for a list of German railway terrain with pre-painted roads in:
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Ben Lacy Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Jun 2015 9:05 a.m. PST

BattlerBritain…those roads are HO scale. Extra Crispy wants 6mm, or the closest railroad scale which is Z.

Busch has some paved road curves. check this out:
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alan L03 Jun 2015 1:25 p.m. PST

For downloads, have a look at Tosach:

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Alan

Moe the Great17 Sep 2015 10:40 a.m. PST

I can speak for the Hotz roads. It took a wile to get but 100% worth the money and time. I use for my 6mm Hammers Slammers games. The weathers roads look great and the fact that you have so many options is wonderful.

tbeard199917 Sep 2015 1:21 p.m. PST

Roads are very important for A Fistful of TOWs, so I've dealt with this problem a lot.

My previous terrain was flocked and modular. I used black electrical tape (1/2") and hand made the white lines with a white paint pen. I then sprayed matte coat over it. It took very little time and looked fine. If I can find any of that terrain, I'll post a photo.

My current terrain has a glue and sand surface that is extremely tough. It's modular but no roads are permanently on the boards. For each scenario, I use masking tape; I found some black masking tape at Office Depot awhile back, so I like it best. I have used normal masking tape and it didn't seem to bother anyone. Kinda looks like dirt roads.

The lack of lines doesn't bother us. And, it allows a tremendous amount of flexibility. As noted, roads are very important in A Fistful of TOWs, so being able to put down whatever road system you want is pretty useful. Again, if I have any photos I'll post it.

I'd add that FFT3 has a ground scale of 1"=100m. So I use 3/4" masking tape for the roads. A four lane highway that is truly in scale with the miniatures would be 300-500m wide. The masking tape is a reasonable compromise in my opinion.

The Z Scale road tape looks great. I wonder how many meters of road we actually lay down in our games? At $8 USD per meter, it could get pricey.

kmahony11130 Oct 2015 12:30 p.m. PST

A bit late responding, but I make my own. See here.

6mm.wargaming.info/page353.shtml

Elenderil02 Nov 2015 1:44 p.m. PST

Google maps printouts?

chrisswim03 Jan 2016 5:04 p.m. PST

At the risk of being called a heretic, I have used masking tape. Easy to customize. Sometimes an issue on a hill with flock on it. I can use it to help hold felt/drop cloth down.

You can also buy different colors. I have used blue tape to represent a canal, can also use black tape. It does not look near as good as 6mmwargaming. He does have excellent roads and highway.

Cold Steel03 Jan 2016 5:35 p.m. PST

I make roads from pvc shower liner. You can buy it by the foot from your local big box home store. Cut all the shapes and sizes you want, then paint them flat black with acrylics. Use a white marker for the lines, then flock the edges. They are flexible and lay flat on slopes. Store them flat with parchment paper between layers.

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Wolfhag05 Jan 2016 10:21 a.m. PST

I use a spray painted tarp as my terrain to cover the table. For roads I use chalk to draw and fill in the roads. I use brown for dirt roads and trails, gray for cobblestone and a graying/black for paved roads. They come off with a damp sponge when I want to change them. I use micro and 1/144 scales vehicles.

I'm lazy and cheap so this works best for me.

Wolfhag

Mark 1 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2016 11:44 p.m. PST

Wolf:

I take a similar approach. But … I don't use chalk. Instead I use pastels. Bought a pack of 34 pastels for about $4 USD at the local craft store ("Michael's"). It allows me to make roads in any pattern I choose, dirt or paved, and to provide some nuance in the coloring.


Eastern front, 1941. All dirt roads, even in the town. Pre-game image provided to a player to help him plan for the game. Gave him several pics "taken last night by a patrol that reached the outbuildings of the village".


Another eastern front game. This time at Loboikivka in 1941. This is a farm on atop one of the gentle rolling hills near the town.


I was able to see the actual town on Google Earth, and re-create it as I imagined it might have looked in September of 1941, when the Italian Torino Division fought their way through as they advanced to meet up with the Pasubio Division at Petrikovka, encircling and trapping four Russian divisions on the banks of the Dniepr River. The flexibility of drawing the maps on tarp allowed me to re-create the road network quite accurately. Even today, there are only one or two paved roads, the rest are still dirt (at least as far as I can see from Google Earth).


View of the village of Hir Moussa, an unimportant village at the crossroads of two important state roads in the Ousseltia Valley of Tunisia, 1943.

I really like the ease and flexibility of drawing the roads right on to the game mat. I also think it looks pretty good. Certainly better than the tape I used in years gone by.

-Mark
(aka: Mk 1)

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