I have been looking for a transportable mat for some time, it really is impossible to transport styrofoam terrain pieces. There are a lot of options out there and I have already purchased 2-3 mats. When it came down to it I just did not like what I had purchased.
I had come across Zuzzy mats on TMP so I said why not. It was $52 for a 4x6' mat which I thought a pretty reasonable price. You certainly have to be patient, as the wait list is 2-3 months. But what I got was well worth waiting for, it comes in a plastic sheath wrapped around a hard cardboard tube. It is make of latex and it has some very interesting characteristics. But why not let photos do the talking. I could not find many resources or guides to painting the mat, so I just went ahead and designed my own. I was looking for a colour scheme that would jump out, less importnat was a natural look.
|Next I use a mocha coloured brown as the first highlight on the earth, I used Americana Sable Brown as a heavy dry brush. This is followed by a light dry brush of VMC Iraqi Sand.|
|I found that I needed to blend the two colours together at this stage to take them down a bit. I used a very thin wash of raw umber. And I mean very thin, I let the mat dry then for another 24 hours.|
|Next up is a medium dry brush of a Grumabacher Sap Green, and then a slightly lighter drybrush of a 50:50 mixture of the Sap Green and Newton and Winsor Galleria Cadmium Yellow Light.|
|Final dry brush with the Cadium Yellow Light on the grass and VMC Iraqi Sand on the dirt. You can also see the second interesting characteristic of these mats; the imbedded stones which I have painted black.|
|Close up with all the details.|
|With some terrain........a quiet little farm in Northern Britain around 500AD.|
|Tree bases and hovel from Architects of War, Houses from 4-Ground. Wattle fences fron Renedra.|
|Crop fields made from pieces of Zuzzy mat and cereal strips from Tamjima1.|