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Cacique Caribe02 Jan 2018 3:57 a.m. PST


B) What's the best way to glue it down on MDF;
C) What's the best way to paint it; and
D) What's the best sealer for it?

Or … is it not worth the trouble?



MajorB02 Jan 2018 5:07 a.m. PST

What Grit Sandpaper For Asphalt For 15mm?

As fine as you can get (but see below).

What's the best way to glue it down on MDF;

PVA glue, though i can't imgaine why you'd want to stick it down …

What's the best way to paint it?

If you use emery paper it's naturally black so won't need much painting. Acrylic modelling paints should be fine.

What's the best sealer for it?

I never use sealer.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2018 7:37 a.m. PST


try a a roof shingle. It has a great asphalt texture. 1 piece should do a lot of roads.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Jan 2018 7:48 a.m. PST

I use paper roads – print and play from Wargame Vault. They look much better IMHO and include the markings – center stripes, cross walks, etc. I have several sets.

Tried the sandpaper route, it just never looked right. It always looked gravel and not asphalt to me.

Giles the Zog02 Jan 2018 9:06 a.m. PST

I go with the roofing felt option.

I have done roads (for 28mm) this way.

I have used flexible vinyl spray paint picked up in Hellfrauds (a UK car parts shop).

I then added highlighting and weathering using emulsion paint that I had done up for me in B&Q (a UK DIY shop) in the colours I wanted tester sample pots are available all the way up to cans of 2 litres.

personally i would use the same stuff for 15mm.

By coincidence I have 4 15mm vehicles to paint so I'm using the Mk1 eye to calibrate this !

As for sticking it to MDF, haven't done it, as I wanted to keep it flexible to go over hills etc.

I'd imagine a general purpose glue would be suitable, maybe "No Nails" or similar as that would be strong enough to take the weight.

Goober02 Jan 2018 9:35 a.m. PST

A recent article in the Airfix Modelling magazine used 1200 grit sandpaper for the anti-slip decking of a 1/72 (so 20mm-ish) section of aircraft carrier. The author recommended using contact glue – so something like Evo-stick or Bostick. Markings were painstakingly masked off and then airbrushed, then the whole thing sealed with several thin coats of varnish.


Walking Sailor Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2018 10:06 a.m. PST

Lay a piece of sand paper down. Take any stand with paint on the bottom (do NOT use an unbased vehicle). Move/slide this stand down the "road". Look at the bottom of the stand and do not place abrasives on your game table again.
That's what you do on the work table to get a fresh clean (and level) surface on the bottom of a figure to glue it to the base. Besides, it leaves unsightly skid marks on your road.
Also note that "black"top is actually grey. Concrete and dirt are other colors. Goggle Earth is your friend. "Go to Germany" and zoom right down to have a look.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Jan 2018 10:28 a.m. PST

Matte ModPodge or PVA to seal it.

The problem with PVA (the good ol' cow glue) is that some dries glossy and others dry matte. ModPodge is really nothing more than PVA, it's just they tell you on the bottle whether it is matte or glossy.

If you don't seal sandpaper, it will tear up the bottom of your minis and possibly the paint jobs, if you every lay them down (like as a status indicator). Unbased vehicles will get their treads chewed up, too. And anything else (cards, dice, etc.) you put on the board.

Terry3702 Jan 2018 10:35 a.m. PST

I use picture framing matting board for my roads. The style I use has a slight pebble texture, and takes paint well. I usually hit it with several really thin washes of assorted grays and maybe a brown, then apply the road markings (stripes) then give it a couple of good clear coats to seal it all in.





It is also easy to make pot holes and cut chunks coming lose. The models in my pictures are 10 MM Pendraken heavily modified. The base is a 60 x 80 MM size.


wolvermonkey02 Jan 2018 4:27 p.m. PST

Hot Wheels makes a road tape suitable for 15mm and one for 6mm. You can get them at Walmart for $5 USD and $4 USD a roll.

Grimmnar02 Jan 2018 10:19 p.m. PST

Wolver, your referencing PlayTape i assume.
In the Hot Wheels/Matchbox aisle.
Comes in many colors as well as single and double wide roads.
Just be great they PlayTape icon wasn't on the road.


Cacique Caribe03 Jan 2018 8:24 a.m. PST

Wow! So many choices now. Lol

Thanks guys!


Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2018 3:09 p.m. PST

For asphalt at 15mm I would just use black paint with just a little dark grey in it. Unless you're doing fancy photography no one can see the texture of asphalt from five stories up. Take the time and money you save and add some details people can see.


A – none, or buy dollar store sandpaper and use the one that you think is evocative.


C – PVA (maybe watered down)

D – PVA (maybe watered down)

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