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Gunner Dunbar03 Apr 2021 12:54 a.m. PST

Hi guys

Done some more work on my teddy bear terrain tiles, it will be a general purpose board for all eras and genres, designed to fit 15mm-28mm, have shaved the dirt roads out with clippers, reduced the tyre ruts down with a long necked bbq lighter, I'll glue sand into the tyre ruts and paint brown, the long brown/white stripe on the right will be a river, I plan on filling it with clear resin after detailing the river bed, and will be shaping the grass in differant areas, and colouring it various greens/yellows/browns, I need to make more tiles with a single end to end road, have done enough t/y/x intersection, and will do more farming and plain fields, as well as some scatter hills and other terrain, plan on train tracks, houses to suit Russian, Normandy and some fantasy/Medieval buildings and a bridge accross the river as well as some shallow river crossings.
More pics here

SHaT198403 Apr 2021 1:54 a.m. PST

Gee that just sounds and looks weird !

Gunner Dunbar03 Apr 2021 2:03 a.m. PST

Took me a while to bag a green teddy bear, they're hard to see, good camo.

Durban Gamer03 Apr 2021 3:49 a.m. PST

Great idea to use the fur for tiles.

Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2021 5:50 a.m. PST

Dan, excellent execution!

I like how you've left tall grass in the road centers, which will help blend over the seams between adjoining tiles.

You may have noticed your fur has a bias to the pile, as to which direction it's tends to lay… may consider aligning any field furrows sympathetic to this bias. Then when you pivot your tiles for setups, the fur bias will seem to follow the natural contours of any field furrows/crop lines.

You can also "agitate" the fur bias with PVA glue and a comb, giving longer fur a thickening, and/or heightened appearance more for portraying roadside brambles, thickets, tall crops, rather than as smoother grasslands (though pre-experiment and scrap test first).

Is this your first TB mat (you already look practiced)?

Gunner Dunbar03 Apr 2021 6:03 a.m. PST

Yes, first time shaping the mat, I've had this fur for around 6 years and have used it with scatter terrain, but was never 100% happy with it, I still have these larger scatter roads I made for it



Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2021 6:11 a.m. PST

Well, you're going the Full Monty now! :)

Oh, one thing….sure you want your tile edges painted black, instead of green (actually a slightly lighter green than your common fur color)? This might help minimize the seams more.

Also, you might want to paint the sides up over your foam slightly along the edges, just in case any gluing, that might draw up your fabric, isn't unsightly (easier to do any additional painting on those sides before affixing the fur).

Gunner Dunbar03 Apr 2021 6:32 a.m. PST

Furs already glued down, I used black gesso, as it also seals glues the foam shut, I can give it a brown dry brush later, but the black isn't to bad at hiding the seams.

Thresher0103 Apr 2021 7:46 a.m. PST

I suspect with a little teasing, most, if not all of the fur can be used to cover up those seams so they are totally invisible.

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2021 9:18 a.m. PST

Great project. Looking really good so far. 😀

Gunner Dunbar03 Apr 2021 12:41 p.m. PST

Yeah, I think your right, I didn't even try to cover the seams for this pic.

Mike Petro03 Apr 2021 1:45 p.m. PST

I would fight you for those crossroads :)

SHaT198403 Apr 2021 3:12 p.m. PST

First man who actually takes his hairbrush to conventions!
Such a metrosexual world ':

Gunner Dunbar03 Apr 2021 3:48 p.m. PST

My Romanians did well that day.

Covert Walrus06 Apr 2021 3:40 p.m. PST

That works far better than I'd have thought from the headline . . .

von Schwartz ver 206 Apr 2021 6:05 p.m. PST


They're an endangered species y'know!

Gunner Dunbar07 Apr 2021 12:59 a.m. PST

yeah, the green ones are almost extinct.

Erzherzog Johann07 Apr 2021 2:36 p.m. PST

Typo in the heading. Should have read "RIP teddy: bear fur terrain tiles".

I'll get my coat,

Gunner Dunbar08 Apr 2021 1:03 a.m. PST

Tip the waiter on the way out 🤣

von Schwartz ver 208 Apr 2021 5:26 p.m. PST

Thank you, I'll be here all week

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