24 Aug 2012

New Terrain Mat to Fight On

I am always on the look out for ideas to improve the games we Weemen have, well, goodbye underlay, green table cloths and duvets, hello customised desert / scrub / wasteland...

These playing surfaces come in at £45ish quid for a 6ft x 4ft Desert, and they have plenty of tailored size, 6x8, 5x7 etc. And in many different styles Semi-Arid, Desert, White Desert, Red Desert (this one), Brown Desert, Coastline (ideal for FoW perhaps), Gunfighter...
Not a perfect match to my bases, that was my bad, however good enough for me, and ideal for Martian landscapes. And a vast improvement on the underlay! Next one is going to be a 6ft x 8ft for Apocalypse games and I'll order the Brown Desert.
The material is hard wearing plastic similar to skip bags or masonary waste bags, with well glued woodchip detailing embedded and painted and also quite thin so you can drape over books for instant hills etc. I plan to mount it on some plywood board to make it more durable and flat. It rolls up into a tube at the moment so needs a couple of minutes with paperweights to straighten out.
If you are in the UK (or elsewhere but postage will be high as it weighs a bit), please check out the manufacturers site, http://www.terrainmat.com/ but note, they are running behind on manufacture so expect 3 months from ordering to delivery (it says 7 weeks but mine took 12). Not exactly speedy, but hey, it came as ordered and is a lot cheaper than a favourite miniature company of ours hard plastic modular version... and a lot less messy to prepare!!

Hope this helps someone out there...

3 comments:

the 6th degree said...

Nice find. I've been thinking about a board a lot recently. I am torn between forking out the not insubstantial amount for a Realm of Battle board or making a modular one myself for my next army (!!!???).

Then again we have just had out first FLGS open up in Preston with 10+ tables and no one normally comes to my house and play.

Admiral Drax said...

Three months? Are they painting each woodchip individually?

Siph_Horridus said...

Aye you'd think... but I didn't mind, I was away for the most part overseas.

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