Sunday, 13 May 2012

New Terrain Mats

Having been inspired by Tamsin's terrain building using cheap bits & pieces from Poundland I decided to see what I could find while I was wondering round Tesco's yesterday. I was looking for things that I might be able to re-purpose for wargaming. That's when I came across Tesco's Foam Playmats.

The pack contains four 1cm thick foam mats. Each mat is 60cm by 60cm and locks firmly with the adjacent mat with dovetail style joints. The mat is quite sturdy and made of a dense foam like an extra thick exercise mat and the best part is they are only £7.48 for a pack of four mats. So I bought two packs which will give me an interchangeable 2.4m by 1.2 m playing area (or about 8' x 4' for us old folk).

What I intend to do with them is cover them in PVA and sand as a base texture. Then paint them green and add in roads and rivers and maybe a grey industrial/town area. As I will only be playing 6x4 usually this will mean I can get varied terrain layouts by substituting the spare mats and turning them round to get different configurations.

One side of the mats has a rough cloth-like texture, which should help the PVA and sand adhere, while the other side is smooth. So as a bonus I might paint the smooth side blue and then I can flip them over for naval games.


  1. Cool idea.. and great find indeed.. nice thought on the dual purpose there for both kinds of games..

  2. You might be interested in this thread on the Baccus 6mm forum - for 6mm scale, but it will save you some trial and error:


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