Help support TMP

"Arid terrain mat. (DBX)" Topic

De Bellis Magistrorum Militum

7 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

In order to respect possible copyright issues, when quoting from a book or article, please quote no more than three paragraphs.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.

Back to the De Bellis Magistrorum Militum Rules Board

Back to the De Bellis Multitudinis Rules Board

Back to the Horse, Foot and Guns Rules Board

Back to the De Bellis Velitum Rules Board

Back to the Hordes of the Things Rules Board

Back to the De Bellis Renationis Rules Board

Back to the De Bellis Antiquitatis (DBA) Rules Board

Action Log

06 Jan 2017 9:52 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Crossposted to De Bellis Renationis board
  • Crossposted to Hordes of the Things board
  • Crossposted to De Bellis Velitum board
  • Crossposted to Horse, Foot and Guns board
  • Crossposted to De Bellis Multitudinis board
  • Crossposted to De Bellis Magistrorum Militum board

Areas of Interest

18th Century
American Civil War
19th Century
World War One

Featured Hobby News Article

Featured Link

Featured Ruleset

Chaos in Cairo

Rating: gold star gold star gold star gold star gold star gold star gold star gold star gold star 

Featured Showcase Article

Battle-Market: Tannenberg 1410

The Editor tries out a boardgame - yes, a boardgame - from battle-market magazine.

Featured Profile Article

Groundcloths & Battlesheets

Wargame groundcloths as seen at Bayou Wars.

Featured Book Review

1,034 hits since 7 Jan 2017
©1994-2024 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

TMP logo


Please sign in to your membership account, or, if you are not yet a member, please sign up for your free membership account.
timurilank11 Oct 2015 6:47 a.m. PST

This was a much needed item for my eastern armies, an arid terrain mat. The size is suitable for all DBA big battle games. This took only two days, allowing for drying time, to complete using leftover scrap material and household paint.


This completes the Severan Project which moves me up my to-do list. Next are a number of armies that need refurbishing, Later Imperial and Patrician Romans.


Dervel Fezian11 Oct 2015 8:14 a.m. PST

That looks awesome!

timurilank11 Oct 2015 11:34 p.m. PST

Thanks Dervel.

Did I mention the price? :)

Dervel Fezian12 Oct 2015 3:51 a.m. PST

Well…. here is a picture of one of mine:

This is a shot from our game on Saturday…

Cambria562212 Oct 2015 6:44 a.m. PST

Robert, your mat looks great. I've tried to do something very similar with my terrain boards but your mat & other terrain pieces look much better than my efforts. I'm going to 'steal' your idea for scrub scatter and hopefully that will improve the look of my boards.

Dervel Fezian12 Oct 2015 6:48 a.m. PST

I really like the color choice for your mat…. I always have trouble deciding on the color for desert or arid bases.

I am going to try and steal those colors for my next set of arid mats :)

timurilank12 Oct 2015 12:41 p.m. PST

Thank you for the enthusiastic reception.
I would like to share some extra tips if you are going to make a similar mat.

First coat.
Acrylic paint, colour mid-brown or wood brown was applied with a brush and let dry overnight.
The application on the linoleum material will not crack or peal, but letting it dry overnight will ensure any successive coats from lifting off or thinning your previous coat.

Second layer.
Using a tray or plastic container I mixed some brown with orange then lightened the mix with white.
This time I used a natural sponge found at most paint stores and daubed the mix lightly over the board.
Make irregular patterns and keep in mind you will be applying a lighter shade covering a smaller area afterward.

Final layer.
For this last step I experimented with two methods of application.
After cleaning the sponge I dipped a small tip directly into white acrylic paint.
The wet sponge will help spread the white such that it appears light grey.
The alternative method used a plant spray to moisten small areas and daub the white paint with the sponge.
This softened the effect which contrasts with the harder edged areas.

Scatter material.
The grass is fixed to 1.2 mm thick triplex which is covered with a sand and glue mix.
Paint in the same colour scheme as the mat.
The grass is 6mm long tufts from Leadbear of Australia (
From the photos you can see Barry offers a wide selection.

The trees are Woodland Scenic build your own pack.
The branches can be bent and turned before applying the foliage.
As these were to represent Acacia trees (also found in the Middle East) I bent the branches so the final effort would appear as near to the real thing.


Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.