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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian18 May 2024 4:38 p.m. PST

Do you use peel-and-stick vinyl tiles (floor, wall) in your miniature wargaming?

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2024 5:09 p.m. PST

For water – yes

Zephyr118 May 2024 8:54 p.m. PST

Yes. You can easily score lines in the surface (e.g a grid pattern), then apply an ink wash to make them show. Also easy to score-n-snap to make smaller sections. An almost instant dungeon (if you don't need the walls… ;-)

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2024 2:33 a.m. PST


ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2024 3:39 a.m. PST


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP19 May 2024 7:32 a.m. PST


You can not just use the tiles, but also flock/talus/etc the adhesive side, then seal it for a two-sided piece.

Nowadays you can get all kinds of patterns useful for wargaming … water and stone, but also mosaic tiles, grids, swampy looking textures, hexes, gravel, cobblestone, desert, red desert, ice/snow, and my fave … nuclear waste!


advocate19 May 2024 1:28 p.m. PST


14Bore19 May 2024 1:38 p.m. PST

I don't, but saw these on a floor of a office building I worked at. Thought it would be fantastic for a ocean

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2024 1:38 p.m. PST


14Bore19 May 2024 1:50 p.m. PST
14Bore19 May 2024 1:52 p.m. PST


Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2024 2:27 p.m. PST

No, but I want to!

Borderguy19019 May 2024 9:08 p.m. PST

Yes. I use them as cheap bases for terrain. Only thing that sucks is they need to be stored flat.

UshCha20 May 2024 1:22 a.m. PST

Personally I have never found need of them. The surface finishes of the ones I have seen have not personally struck me as suiting my needs. As a basing material I do not see tyhem as ideal material. However I appreciate not everybody can print there ideal thin base.

Personal logo Dentatus Sponsoring Member of TMP Fezian20 May 2024 5:38 a.m. PST

Yes, as stone flooring in modular dungeon tiles.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2024 9:14 a.m. PST

I used to use them extensively, for bases for miniatures, and terrain pieces. I applied PVA Glues (White Elmer's and yellow Wood versions) to apply colored sand mixtures, as texture. I found that they warped, severely, after six months of drying, ruining my work. I had to replace them with chipboard, and/or MDF bases. I now use laser-cut MDF, exclusively.

I also used them, briefly, to build cardstock models of castle wall sections and towers. I printed the artwork on regular paper, in my color laser printer. I cut these and applied them to the glue side of vinyl floor tiles. I assembled them using Hot Glue.

They had tremendous heft, they were easy to build with, easy to use. Unfortunately, they warped, badly, over time, without any PVA Glue applied.


I used them for making modular 2D terrain tiles for dungeon crawls. I printed the PDF terrain pieces on my color laser printer, applying them to the glue side of the least expensive vinyl floor tiles I could find -- don't care what they look like, I put that side down. They warp, somewhat, in storage, but I easily flex them into shape, when I deploy them.


I laminated the paper printouts with adhesive clear vinyl shelf lining, to protect the paper surface from wear and tear of miniatures scratching them off. this is why the one piece appears so reflective, above.


In all fairness, I use a similar construction technique: printing PDF building components (walls, for example) onto full sheet label paper, which I apply to 3mm Chipboard. The Chipboard will warp, over time, but I solved that by gluing square wooden dowels inside the wall sections, and buildings' walls, to prevent warping. This could work on vinyl constructs, but the vinyl warps more severely than does Chipboard.

Even the Chipboard and wooden dowels give plenty of heft to my modular castle pieces, due to their sizes (28mm-sized pieces). No need to use vinyl floor tiles any longer.

I used to buy vinyl floor tiles for $0.38 USD per 1-foot square piece. Those prices are long gone. The cheap ones now sell for around $1 USD per square foot tile. Chipboard is much more affordable, buying it in large pieces from the local framing shops. Cheers!

Upprow22 May 2024 1:08 p.m. PST

Yeah, I've dabbled with peel-and-stick vinyl tiles for my miniature wargaming setups, especially for terrain pieces.

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