Saturday, 5 October 2019

Yet Another Terrain Mat

Greetings reader,
I was on facebook yesterday and saw a nice looking grassy terrain mat and got into a bit of a conversation about it. I then decided to try my hand at making one. I had all the bits and pieces that I needed so I got started.

I used a 2 meter fleece blanket that I picked up from Target for $15. I set up a table in my garage and laid out the blanket and started painting it with various acrylics that I had in the garage. I started with patches of dark green and dark brown. I followed that with an overall covering of medium green and topped that with a lighter green and ocher. I then put on a top coat of a pale yellow (called "Mango" on the tub) to blend it all together.

It took a few hours to do. Each layer/coat took about an hour or so followed by drying time. I then left it hanging overnight to dry completely.
I think it came out okay. I used it today in a game and it looked pretty nice although I am considering giving it a bath in a tub of tea to dye the basic fabric. If I do that it will probably need a final layer of yellow to bring the vibrancy back. I'll see what happens.

All up it cost about $25 - It took up a fair amount of paint but I got several large bottles cheap at an art shop sale (50% off). Some of the paint I already had sitting on the shelf in the garage.

It may not be as good as a pro-gaming mat but to buy a decent mat in Australia will set you back about $120.00. So $25 and a bit of work is a good saving.


  1. Looks good. I would be wary of doing a tea dye. As I understand it, a fleece is a polyester, so will not absorb a dye in the same way that cotton does. Instead both paint and dyes sit on top of the fibre. I am guessing that a tea dye will only serve to weaken the paint that you have worked so hard to apply.

    I have a similar green fleece. I ruined the last one with rattle can sprays (it made the thing sticky to itself when folded), but from your post, I am tempted to have another go with acrylics, perhaps with a roller and sponge.

    1. Thanks for the advice Norm. It looks pretty nice and it would be a shame to ruin it. I could just make another using a brown fabric. At $25 a pop, it's going to break the bank.

      I used 3" brush and a fine comb. I'm not too sure about a roller as it's more of a dry brushing technique, although a large sponge sounds like an interesting idea.