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Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member10 Nov 2017 11:39 a.m. PST

What type of material do you use to cover the surface of your wargaming table? The first two are the commercially produced variety designated specifically for gaming.

a. Vinyl/neoprene game mat
b. Fleece/felt game mat
c. Large piece of cloth (fabric store grade)
d. Table cloth
e. Nothing (bare tabletop)
f. Something else ____________

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 11:46 a.m. PST

My table was built to hold either a or b. It has a lip around the entire perimeter so terrain boards can be slotted it. The top surface is painted blue for naval gaming or to represent bodies of water when using the terrain boards.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 11:51 a.m. PST

My table is a large 8 by 4 plain wood surface with a lip

I use terrain boards with just a basic textured spray paint green, browns, blues and mixed – gives and even textured coat without much mess

I use a pool table deep green cloth at the local library or on my table if I put mountains terrain on the table

I have used Sand for a sand table

I am considering in investing in a or b for a bit more variety

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 11:52 a.m. PST

Because my table is four folding tables arranged to make a 10' x 5' surface, I placed a layer of those foam floor tiles on top, the 12" square ones. That gives a flat surface, AND allows me to pushpin a dropcloth I drape over the table surface for placing terrain underneath. Currently I have a Cigar Box Battle mat draped across the table, with appx 9"+ drape on each side pinned to hold in place.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 11:59 a.m. PST

Usually C, which I have painted.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 12:00 p.m. PST

G: Cat Fur, like everything else in the house ^,^

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 12:07 p.m. PST

I have a cloth from the upholstery section of the fabric store that I use when I need to cover a table that is normally used for other things. Several years ago, I built a folding tabletop for Saga games that is covered with green felt.


princeman10 Nov 2017 12:19 p.m. PST

F. – foam based terrain

dampfpanzerwagon Fezian10 Nov 2017 12:26 p.m. PST

Dyed sawdust over a green painted foam surface.


Oberlindes Sol LIC10 Nov 2017 12:52 p.m. PST

c -- fabric, usually painted, rarely purchased at retail (yard sales, second hand shops, and a strange place in Oakland that sells all sorts of things that were salvaged or donated)

MajorB10 Nov 2017 2:17 p.m. PST

Hexon II

redbanner414510 Nov 2017 2:20 p.m. PST


arsbelli10 Nov 2017 2:23 p.m. PST

f. Something else: a flocked cloth Citadel Battlemat. Best I have ever seen. I like a bit of flock texture for my Ancients battlefields, so I wish somebody still made them like that!

Legion 410 Nov 2017 2:44 p.m. PST


14Bore10 Nov 2017 2:45 p.m. PST

Doubt many 'bare,
Black Forest Green paint, same as my stands for the most part,
( I'm a old school kinda guy)

Rich Bliss10 Nov 2017 2:52 p.m. PST


Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian10 Nov 2017 2:54 p.m. PST


Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 3:04 p.m. PST

Cigar Box Battle mats. The selection varies for grasslands, European fields, desert, swamp, or river.


Personal logo T Callahan Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 3:09 p.m. PST

Green indoor-outdoor carpet covers my table. I rarely game on the carpet but use terrain over it. The table is 5'x10'


Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 3:54 p.m. PST

Automotive carpet

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 4:55 p.m. PST

Indoor/outdoor carpet: green (most often), or blue (water or sky). I also use foam floor mats, the type sold to put on your garage floor, in front of your work bench. I have painted these: mottled gray (for dungeons), mottled tan (for caverns), and white with blue mottling (for ice/snow).

I've cut 1/4" grids into the tan, to allow 2D walls to insert to create a wooden fortress. Plan to do the same for the gray dungeon mats. These make a modular bulding system allowing any formation, or structure I need.

The painted mats are my favorite. The green carpet gets the most use, however, as open fields are the most common terrain type used. Cheers!

Personal logo herkybird Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 4:59 p.m. PST

I use curtain material, and occasionally polyester sheets.
For X-Wing, proper neoprene playsheets.

roving bandit10 Nov 2017 5:40 p.m. PST

F) My game table is covered in unbuilt minis. It hasn't seen a game in years.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian10 Nov 2017 7:46 p.m. PST

Woodland Scenics T-49 Turf (on my boards or GeoHex)

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 8:02 p.m. PST


Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2017 1:08 a.m. PST



Jack Burton11 Nov 2017 2:50 a.m. PST

f. old time US army issue blanket.

Dagwood11 Nov 2017 3:19 a.m. PST

c Light green bed sheet

Ran The Cid12 Nov 2017 2:57 p.m. PST

C felt sheets

womble67 Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2017 3:13 a.m. PST

I would recommend Mat-O-War Wargaming Mat. hope it helps.

As always, comments are appreciated.

Take care


14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2017 11:31 a.m. PST

B Cigar Box mats. Used to use Harbor Freight rubber anti static mats.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2017 12:49 a.m. PST

Blood. What else would it be?


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Nov 2017 8:14 a.m. PST

The lamentations of my enemies' women.

Other than that, different things …

* Homemade Felt Cover and Bits (usually 2-3 colors)
* Homemade Terrain Boards (sometimes with tablecloth under)
* Professional Paper Mat
* Homemade Paper Mat
* Professional Latex Mat
* Nothing

Wulfgar16 Nov 2017 7:27 p.m. PST

B, all CigarBox mats, but I'm open-minded.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2017 1:22 p.m. PST

Both but mostly cloth based mat from Geo-Hex and Monday Knight. Apparently or so I am informed, I am the only person in this world who actually does not like Cigar Mats.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2017 1:22 p.m. PST

Both, but mostly cloth based mat from Geo-Hex and Monday Knight game mats. Apparently or so I am informed, I am the only person in this world who actually does not like Cigar Mats.

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