I just got these in the mail a few days ago and I’m pretty excited about them. These are 4′ x 6′ cloth gaming mats that are printed with cool terrain on them. These are not paper or vinyl, they are a fleece material … so if you get really cold at a gaming convention you can wrap yourself up in them and stay warm.
Normally I prefer “hard terrain” boards with very detailed 3D terrain and features, but honestly moving boards like those around and taking them to conventions is a bit of a pain in the backside. So, at the last convention I experimented with some modular hex terrain and now I thought I’d give something else a try, cloth battle mats.
These come from Cigar Box Battle Mats at http://cigarboxbattlestore.bigcartel.com/
None of the mats on the site specifically say they are good from 6mm (1/285th scale) gaming but I took a chance on two that I thought would work and I’m very happy with the ones I got. It seems that some of the mats are available in two scales; 10-15mm and 25-28mm, the main difference between the two is the width of the roads and other details, otherwise they are pretty similar. In both cases I opted for the 10-15mm versions.
The ones I bought were:
#102 Europe (10-15mm) at $69.00
#103 Desert With Roads (10-15mm) at $69.00
For these photos I just threw them on my bed and put down a few buildings (and shrubs on the Europe board) to give you an idea of how they look. The light in my room was horrible, sorry about the quality of the pictures … but I think you’ll get the idea.
I’m back from Historicon and I’ve done just a little more to my Baghdad Parade Grounds boards. The roads are painted and now it’s time to start with the ground covering. I’m also working on a few of the buildings I’ll be needing for this.
Finally got around to mounting the terminal buildings to the base and started working on a concept for the jetway models.
A bit more work on the sand texture. This is the second layer of the process, it’s still wet in this photo and looks a little shiny. Also a lot more color blending will be done in future steps…. but this gives you an idea which direction it’s going.
The real airport in Baghdad is just pure sand everywhere but I think I’m going to add a little bit of vegetation in a few areas just to break up line of sight to make gaming a little more interesting.
Most of my middle east buildings have a pretty boring concrete color to them or some variation of concrete, I thought I’d try some different colors today.
Working on a 1/285th scale tower crane.
Applied the pigments and ground covering tonight. Some of the ground covering will blow off once everything is dry so there will not be as much ground covering as you see in these photos. Tomorrow I add some trees and start adding a few Afghan Hovels into the hillsides.
That block of white foam is attached to the bottom of the air conditioner because if it wasn’t there you could really slam you head into it and end up with a nasty gash in your forehead and blood all over your face…. don’t ask me how I know that, just trust me.