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Cacique Caribe13 Jul 2018 9:32 a.m. PST


Would any of these "calm" Ocean and Lagoon files print ok as 3'x3' mats?


On two of them the bottom layer of the image was done on PowerPoint as "blended" and the other two were done as "markers".

I can't do much at the moment to paint my 15mm Post Apocalyptic pirates, but I can still try to design some things for them. :)

Feel free to use the images, if you think they would work for you.

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PS. Here is the Lagoon one that was done in "marker" mode:


Waco Joe13 Jul 2018 10:06 a.m. PST

If you don't have it already, get a free copy of GIMP. It is a relatively easy to use graphics program. You can create a 3x3 canvas then drop your graphic in it and scale it out. It will give you a pretty good idea of how it scales. That is the process I used to create my sea hex maps on a 4x8


Cacique Caribe13 Jul 2018 10:35 a.m. PST


That looks incredible. A bit choppy for what I need, but it is awesome.

I'll give GIMP a look.

Thanks so much.


CAPTAIN BEEFHEART16 Jul 2018 4:16 p.m. PST

I second for the GIMP program. When I used the UBUNTU OS, it came with GIMP and I found it to be extremely versatile and easy to use. Thanks for the reminder W Joe, I will add it to Windows!

Andy ONeill17 Jul 2018 1:08 a.m. PST

If you want to avoid pixellating a small picture you could try blur. Not used gimp, but it's a fairly standard sort of process.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2018 11:25 a.m. PST

Or you could sponge paint on foam floor mats with the patterns and colors you need, in less time than messing with Gimp, or another editing program… ;-)

These mats come four to a set, on sale with a coupon for $6.99 USD. Use a natural sea sponge, wetted with water. I squirt some acrylic craft paint on a white ceramic tile, pat my sponge into it repeatedly, to distribute it across the sponge surface. Then I tamp it down, randomly, across the smooth bottom surface of the mats. While the first color is still wet, I follow up with a second color, repeating this process until I have 3-5 colors all intermixed.

In your situation, you would likely want to mix in these colors: 2-3 shades of blue, some green, and some white, lastly, for white-cap waves -- sparingly, though! Acrylic craft paints are much cheaper than color inkjet ink/ color laser toner…

I used this technique to make a stone cavern pattern, as well as a gray dungeon floor surface, placing modular walls atop them. Works superbly, IMO. Cheers!

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