I have been watching DM Scotty on youtube for a few months now I have finally decided to make up some 2.5d Next stuff. I spent all afternoon and evening today working on walls and a large mat. I used a vinyl table cloth for the mat. I painted it black and I'm going to stamp a pattern on it. I hope the paint sticks to it. I made up six 12" walls, twelve 6" walls, twelve 3" walls, twelve 1.5" walls, and several 1" block walls. I got the foam done on the 12" and 6" walls and I also got the sand flocking done on them. I also coated the bottom of all the walls with hot glue. Scotty, you are the man! I can now see how much effort it takes to do this and you even shoot video while you do it. I don' know how you have the time.
Here is my game mat. It is a $5 table cloth that is 50" x 70".
I haven't played on the mat yet because I don't have anything else finished. I hope the paint will last. The spray paint did chip off in a few places but that may be due to moving the cloth back inside before it had time to fully cure. After I completed the stamping and allowed the paint to dry I folded the cloth up loosely. I'll use it for a while and give an update on how it is holding up. I only have about 10 bucks in this so if it doesn't hold up then it is no big loss.
I've used cloth before (either 100% cotton, or a cotton-polyester blend). I try to find a mottled pattern which needs little, to no, painting (gridless, thus far). To date, I've made two ground cloths: one mottled gray/brown pattern, for a cavern floor base, and another which is quilted squares to form a city block terrain (grassy, mottled green, with a mottled gray to form streets); the cavern floor cloth is used with modular cavern walls (a work in progress), and the city-scape is for use with 54mm Army Men games, using cardboard boxes to form ruined buildings. I've played a few games with both cloths, and they work quite well.
If you decide to go with fabric, but you need a pattern on it, you can either use craft paints, or fabric paints. To set the craft paints, use a scrap cloth, and iron the fully-dried paint patterns, to fully set them into the fabric. Not sure if the fabric paints need to be set, or not. Sorry. After they are set, they can be washed, and dried (wash and dry separately, to avoid transfer). If you fold carefully, they should not wrinkle too much, but they can always be fluffed up in the dryer, to remove wrinkles, as necessary.
Visit your local fabric store to see what kinds of mottled patterns are available. Note that patterns and stock will change several times per year. If you see a pattern you like, and can use, buy it! It may be gone the next time you stop in. Cheers!
Belgarath First off, awesome work! Second off. How much inspiration do you take from the Belgariad and the Mallorean for your DnD games!? lol, cause I use A LOT! Those are my favorite books hands down, just had to comment on yer avatar lol
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT