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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Underlay: A new terrain option?

Hi Guys
I recently acquired some underlay material. We were moving house (again) and the removalists left some underlay with us wrapped around some furniture.
I remember reading somewhere that underlay was a useful material for use as a terrain covering though the consensus was it was best used buy draping over books of foam bloxks to create hils and then covering it with a terrain 'coloured' cloth.
I wondered if it was possible to simply colour the underlay itself.
What follows is a series of photos of my attempt at colouring underlay and using it as a terrain matt.
Here is what the underlay looks like without any alteration at all in contrast to a Warhammer Game Matt:

 Next: I sprayed the underlay with several cans of paint. Starting with earthy and dark browns the dark green and light green.
 You can see here that the underlay has a natural 'Grassy' look about it.
Finally I gave it an 'All Over' light spray of Army Painter Desert Yellow colour as a bit of a highlight.
 Add some terrain features like roads, crops and a building,.....
 a '"teddy Bear' fur wheat field and a felt stream/

 Add some troops!

 All in all it looks OK I think!
It will be interesting to see how well it stands up to the rigor of a few games.
I've discovered you can create some excellent hills by placing a couple of folded towels under the underlay.
As usual, comments are welcomed.

3 comments:

woolshedwargamer said...

Nice work. I have some of that stuff but I use it under my base cloth. After seeing your results may have to give it a go.

Jonathan Freitag said...

I think this looks great! Nice idea.

Baconfat said...

Looks great, it's a perfectly good ground cover.