Last week we had many interesting tasks, one of which was making a new terrain matt. This is a simple but extremely fun craft.
In this post, we'll talk about how we did it and, by extension, how you could do it! Arthur has been crafting for well-over a decade, so if you have questions, let us know either on our Facebook page or on the contact form on our Home page.
We started with a large sheet of faux leather and used a caulking gun with gutter rubber (the rubber material used to fix gaps in guttering and pipes), and spread it liberally over the sheet.
Using a putty knife, we spread the rubber over the sheet, working quickly and in sections to prevent it drying.
We then spray painted it with a mix of colours. We forgot to photograph this stage but it's quite simple: spray one colour at a time, working in layers. Cover the matt with your base colours for setting the tone, and then add splotches of your preferred colour for patches/islands of terrain. These patches will help the flocking, to be added later, stand out.
Arthur demonstrating the size of the new gaming matt.
With a big brush, we dry-brushed the whole matt with a beige tone to bring out the texture from the first stage of the build.
After that, we applied paint and drizzled on the flock and static grass.
The final matt looks awesome and did its job excellently.
During playtesting we found that the larger the matt -- the better, though there is a peak size in our opinion. Generally 40" by 60" is a great size for most games and points counts so that's the size we chose for this matt and what we recommend in the book.
This size is hopefully something a lot of wargamers can accommodate, and we'll be taking it to conventions, so you'll be able to test it and Cretacea there for yourselves!
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