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ciaphas15 Sep 2020 3:24 p.m. PST

I have used various coloured pieces of felt for roads rivers to designate the edge of woods etc.
I have seen online flex roads and rivers so that is taken care of, but not a flexi base for woods.

any guidance would be appreciated, I don't want to by a £60.00 GBP gaming mat to cut up. (a)its a lot of cash (b) I don't know if when cut the mat won't spool into a pile of nothing.

Andrew Beasley15 Sep 2020 3:35 p.m. PST

I've been trying 'Funky foam' sold in sheets by The Range

Main issue it's so light that it shuffles around the board at the lightest of touches so Mk 2 will have some anti-slip mat stuck underneath. I found a large sheet for £1.50 GBP – just about the same price as the foam.

East Riding Minis link have a set of MDF templates that may do your job but looses the 'flex' capability.

McWong7315 Sep 2020 4:11 p.m. PST

I cut up felt, used spray can glue and attached cheap flock to it. They have been in constant use for over 13 years, look great and are very cost effective.

Glengarry515 Sep 2020 5:54 p.m. PST

For indicating woods and swamps I use cut up Woodland Grass Scenics Forest mats. Since the underside is slick vinyl I glued felt underneath to prevent them from moving too readily.


Bandolier15 Sep 2020 7:46 p.m. PST

Green teddy bear fur :)
Lichen to break up the edges.

Cut to shape. Easy to store/fold. Zero maintenance.



Decebalus16 Sep 2020 5:05 a.m. PST

Cloth with latex caulk (like the selfmade caulk mats) can be made like every terrain piece: with sand, flock, color etc.


This is a picture from TMP (nt from me!) showing a caulk road. You can make wood bases with the same techique.

Personal logo rampantlion Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2020 5:47 a.m. PST

Decebalus, that looks really nice. What type of cloth did you use? How difficult would it be to do a 3' x 4' mat using that method and adding flock, static grass, tufts,…etc as you go? I was thinking if you add the tufts while it is still wet that they might stay on the mat better, not sure though. Maybe adding them with glue later would be better and doing all of the dry brushing first would be easier. Do you have any experience with making a whole mat this way? It might try one. Thanks for any info.

Sgt Slag16 Sep 2020 6:55 a.m. PST

There are a number of tutorials online, on how to make terrain cloths using caulking. There are several YouTube videos on the subject, as well.

The caulk needs to be paintable (many are not!). I would suggest adding the tufts and other bits, after you complete your painting, but that is an educated guess. E6000 Glue is rubber-like, when dried. I would recommend trying that to adhere bits and bobs on the painted cloth.

I know Mel the Terrain Tutor has done videos on his YouTube channel on how to do it. He made larger mats, not just roads and rivers. Search his channel for the videos. Cheers!

jwebster16 Sep 2020 9:06 p.m. PST

Making terrain cloths using caulking is so easy, a couple of 10 year old girls can do it !

This is not method that I would recommend, unless you really enjoy cleaning up afterwards

The only thing you need to watch out for us curling up at the edges on smaller pieces

I made metal bases for forests so no curl up, but only really practical for dba sized terrain. For dba style rules, do not permanently attach any trees to the base

I would start with felt, Maybe darkish brown, Some drybrushing in various shades. Some spray glue and little flock in darker woodland colours. I'm making this up as I go along

I do recommend that you base the trees in clumps. Single trees are extremely likely to fall over

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