|Two Blitzkrieg Tanks in 1/48 scale on my recently completed desert mat.|
|This was my previous board for desert before I started making fixed mats and really using teddy bear fur. There is nothing wrong with this. I can still use this for my smaller scale stuff.|
So from going to the image just above to the first picture results, I went the teddy bear fur route. There were two main reasons for this. One, I can make a more convincing mat if everything is fixed. Two, it is way easier to clean up when you are on the go. This is especially true for people who travel to gaming halls and then, having to leave in a hurry for non-game related issues. "I was having so much fun, I forgot to pick up my daughter, Sally!"
Much like the tools used in the first tutorial I did for working with teddy bear fur, the same does apply for the most part. I have learned a thing or two over making hard textures that get the job done, especially when making larger areas of open ground. So below are the list of things needed for this desert project.
- Your Teddy Bear Fur base. This is the fabric that is the mat. You can use a medium brown like I did, but for the desert, lighter might just be better.
- A trusty comb! This is still one of the best tools!
- An electric shaver for dog grooming. The ones for your facial hair is not going to cut as well.
- Sand. This will be the base texture.
- 3M 45 Adhesive or something similar to that.
- Spray paint for your base color. Satin or flat.
- Accent Spray for texture. You can find this in the same department as the spray paint.
- Acrylic Paints.
|The first twenty minutes of shaving. I drew out my plan as I went along and cut the individual planned tuffs.|
After that has a chance to dry, you can move to the sand part of the mat. When I say dry, the mat can be tacky to the touch. This is fine, since the next step is to spray over the open areas again with an adhesive. I use 3M 45, because it is cheap and easy to find. You can go stronger. When you spray down the mat in square foot section, pour whatever sand on top. The more the merrier! The weight will help the sand stick more. You will do these throughout the board and let it sit. I give in 30 minutes in the sun, or in my case two hours in the shade during a tropical storm.
|Mostly painted. Using a dark color fur, it worked in my favor. However, lighter fur might also benefit for desert and arid mats.|
|This was the basic look I was going for.|
|I added my wife's British Infantry for scale purposes. The grass can be used as basic light cover.|
|Another larger view.|
|This was an example of what I was aiming for.*|