Monday, July 25, 2016

Still more fun with cheap D.I.Y. table mats, the Endgame

   Let's face it, the idea is to play wargames on all this stuff. If we were just into building static displays we could do railroad modelling or build dioramas. But no, we play wargames.......this means that we need attractive, playable gaming surfaces. Small good gorgeous terrain is if it can't stand up to the rough and tumble of wargaming; errant dice, movement stands and the odd spilled beer.

So, after boring you all to tears with my construction project, I put a table together and laid out a game. I think that it turned out rather well. Take a look and feel free to opine!

I added the roads, my new hills, my refurbished trees
 and some lovely buildings that I had picked up at local Cons

then I added a few Lace Wars miniatures to splash some color around

from this angle the column of marching troops seems endless

but, in reality, it is just three battalions long

the opposing army waits, supported by its big guns

it seems that one of the gunners is tipsy

the classic poplar lined road

the local militia try to stave off the enemy regulars long enough for the cannon to do their work

the attack column has just discovered that their flank march isn't going top be a surprise 

the view of the table from the other end

the guns and gunners are from RAFM , the infantry are Wargames Factory

    With troops on it the terrain looks quite effective.  It is highly functional and is designed to fit into paper boxes, oh and it is durable and cheap.

     Ideas, threats, etc are welcome in the comments section.


  1. Looks great! Can you go into a little more detail about your painting method. You used some light brown house paint, correct? Did you just dry brush it on, trying to keep it on the raised areas? Or did you try to get it to soak down between the little strands of green? It seems like having brown on the top would look strange, as opposed to brown at the base, but the results look really good in the pictures. I've gotten one of these mats and I want to try to make it look not quite so bright green, just as you did, but I'm not sure how exactly to go about the painting so I don't mess it up.

    1. I used a cheap "chip brush" the kind you can find at the Dollar store, or on the bottom shelf at the big-box D.I.Y. stores, i wiped the paint off (sort of) on a chunk of scrap wood and then drybrushed iover the surface. I was a bit concerned that it might look odd with the brown on top but I was looking for effect more than coverage. The colors averaged out pretty well and it gave a nice olive tone. A different approach that I tried as an experiment was to water down the paint and get the mat fully wet. This was hilariously messy but it looked fine once it dried. A fellow on another blog tried a roller: this produced some good looking results as well.