How to Make a Battlemat (DWG Style)
- Part 1

In this article Club Member Stuart Hitchinson isgoing to make a strong and durable battlemat. The advantage of this type of this type of battlemat is that it can be rolled up, therefore, doesn't take up much space.

Stage 01 - Materials

Materials - Leatherette

Leatherette is used as the base material (at least I think that's what it is called) - it's the leather covering you can get for furniture. As an alternative, you can also use weedblock, which is cheaply available from garden centres.

Marerials - Acrylic Mastic

Brown acrylic mastic is also used...note it must be acrylic, not silicon based.

Stage 2 - Covering the Base

Covering the base

Spread the mastic on the base material...

Spreading the material

...with your fingers...

Texturing

...then texture it with a brush (or, as one of our members found, good results can be obtained by sticking a plastic bag on your hands and simply "padding" the wet mastic).

Stage 3 - Painting

Once the is dry (around 24 hours) we can move on to the next stage - painting. To paint the mat we use a series of dulux matt emulsion paints. Just visit your local DIY shop where they will mix the paints for you. We use the smallest pots from the range - 250ml - any colour you want. We use the following colours:

Base coat - cover the entire mat:

  • Flame Frenzy 1

Green Mat - drybrush in stages, from the top colour to the bottom colour:

  • Indian Ivy 1
  • Lime Zest 2
  • Lemon Chiffon 1

Brown Mat - drybrush in stages as above (a green mat also looks good with brown patches):

  • Tuscan Treasure 1
  • Lemon Chiffon 6

No photographs of the finished mat as yet, we'll add some in the near future. We'll also be looking at terrain mats for those "special" occasions, for example, winter mats....

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