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08-06-2007, 05:44 PM
maybe the "scratch building" is not the right forum for this question, but, has anybody had any experience with the terrain by www.terrainmat.com?
I thought to have seen them mentioned in this forum, but a quick search found no thread.
08-07-2007, 02:00 PM
There was a good discussion at
The consensus seemed to be very nice but rather expensive.
08-07-2007, 02:30 PM
I liked those, but it's just too much money IMO for a small game board.
In Spain we have 24 matts for 15 euros and 30 matts for 18, thanks to Melkart Miniatures games ( http://www.miniaturesgames.com/ ). Good simple matts. If the packaging options are not overboard, maybe you might be interested in getting a few of those. I have 6 of them and I am 100% satisfied.
Bleh, that looks like an advetisement :P
08-07-2007, 05:13 PM
Those matts do look great - especially the D-Day ones.
But for DBA, I've gone over to the Dave Kuijt style stained canvas boards. I stained several large pieces a few days ago that I'll cut into 24, 30 and special 24 inch deep by 7 feet long scenario matts for large group games. The stuff is cheap (I bought outdoor canvas) and staining is easy with watered down paint. Worst part is getting an accurate cut but I made templates now. My total investment is under $30 and I got about 7 matts plus a long scenario matt. They all roll up on a tube and no flock to fall off.
08-07-2007, 05:22 PM
Those mats look nice, pricey but nice. Pity about the "cart track" pieces though...
I've been using "auto carpet" purchased from the automotive section at WalMart.
It comes in a 5-6 foot roll for about $5 in grey, brown or black.
I use the brown, cut to size and then sort of drybrushed with a 4" paintbrush in various shades of green and tan. Looks almost like a static grass mat, but is cloth backed instead of that awful paper.
08-08-2007, 03:23 PM
I like the painted canvas matts - I even bought some canvas, which is now in 'to do' section of my basement (along with LOTS of other stuff). They work well, look good and are really portable with little fuss.
My basement game table is 12x5, and I got a whole bolt of tan felt that I use as my 'permanent' gaming cloth. I used regular spray paint in earth tones to highlight the felt, and it looks pretty good. Mike Demana took some shots of a 'Giant DBA' battle we had last weekend, and I am looking forward to seeing how the battle looked on the big table. Hopefully, Mike will post some shots on his website.
08-09-2007, 06:51 PM
Thanks everybody for the link to the TMP forum and feedback!
08-13-2007, 03:47 PM
I've been looking around on fanaticus for instructions on how to make a canvas board without any luck. Do they lay flat and stay square. I'd be worried that they would wrinkle when you move units around. Is that not a problem, or do you just have to be careful? I'd love to see some pics or get a link if anyone has them.
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