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
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.
Brown acrylic mastic is also used...note it must be acrylic, not silicon based.
Stage 2 - Covering the Base
Spread the mastic on the base material...
...with your fingers...
...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....