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Dadster Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2020 1:25 p.m. PST


I am trying to figure out what would be the best table cover for my NWF games – I have a massive amount of hills – which are a reddish, greyish brown (if you can imagine that). I just have been unable to find anything that matches – the area to be covered are 9 feet x 5 feet (ping pong table) and a smaller table about 8 x 4 feet. Any suggestions greatly appreciates


Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Oct 2020 1:59 p.m. PST

You can always paint a mat to match. Just use house paint.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2020 4:12 p.m. PST


Check out mel's way of making desert cloths

YouTube link

Sgt Slag14 Oct 2020 6:47 p.m. PST

I would use Harbor Freight rubber floor mats, painted with 4-6 colors of craft paint, using natural sponge applicators. Be sure to wet blend the colors. Fast, easy, great looking, scalable, and amazingly modular. Cheers!

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2020 11:38 a.m. PST

I would use Harbor Freight rubber floor mats, painted with 4-6 colors of craft paint, using natural sponge applicators.
A couple things about this:
  1. Those are not rubber, they're EVA foam. That's a good thing: latex paints and various types of terrain-building caulking stick to EVA foam pretty well (on the dull, flat side, not the shiny textured side). I don't know anything that will adhere to cured rubber.
  2. I would worry about craft paints on EVA foam. Acrylic tends to lack sufficient flexibility and will probably craze, crack¸ and (eventually) flake off. I painted my sea mats with the cheapest available household latex paint, and they're still in good shape after years of use. Caulking is also flexible enough to be permanently durable.

I love these EVA foam floor mats as terrain, and I've been using them as a sea surface for years now.

I'm also impressed with canvas, either caulked and flocked or painted with latex mixed with sand. You could either try to make the cloth a close color match to your hills, or redecorate the hills with the same materials you use to decorate the cloth.

- Ix

Dadster Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2020 11:54 a.m. PST

Thanks for the input gents. I am leaning toward using cloth or fabric.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2020 5:08 p.m. PST

Go classic, use tan felt.

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2020 6:46 p.m. PST

Whatever material you end up using, I would recommend you choose a darker, rather than lighter, shade. While much of Afghanistan is desert, I think a darker value will set off your hills as well as your miniatures better. Have you checked out: link He has some great terrain.

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