On a road to nowhere…

Well, eventually I suppose it will go somewhere. And for these poor Carthaginians this one definitely doesn’t lead to Rome! Anyway, my visit last weekend to Poundland/Poundworld was a bit of a disaster when looking for magnetic paper etc. but I did end up picking up a pack of four vinyl floor tiles for, obviously, a pound!

Now my first test with these is to use them for roads. They are fairly thin, flexible and the ones I bought were wood effect with six 50mm strips so you don’t even have to measure to cut, just cut along the line, with scissors if you want a rougher edge.  So I cut one strip. The tiles are self-adhesive so just peel off the paper and then scatter ballast material/sand (I used the former in fine and medium mixes) over the adhesive. I then used a spray can to roll over the top to press the sand in place. Let it dry.

I had intended spraying adhesive over this as well but the stuff I have seems to come out in strands so was no good! Instead I just sprayed the whole thing with Army Painter leather brown spray. Let it dry properly, then dry brushed to match the bases I use for my figures. Then PVA along both edges and flock to give a grass verge. Once dry, spray the lot with matt varnish to seal it.

And we have:


It’s thin, flexible and I should get 6ft out of one tile! The others will provide some curves, junctions etc. Then I plan to do some thinner strips, use a very fine sand/ballast, spray black and dry brush grey for modern roads for my micro-armour. And then a few more for fields/rough ground.

Not too bad really for a pound…

13 thoughts on “On a road to nowhere…”

  1. I saw magnetic paper in Poundland the other day but didn't buy it. I wish I had now.

    I'm going to give those tiles a go, though!

    Nice work Andy.

  2. That´s what is really good about this blogging game…seeing other peoples ideas on doing stuff, especially the things that are bloody cheap and turn out so effectively.

  3. I'm not sure on that yet. Still need to doa test piece. The ones I've done are 50mm wide. I think I'd do 40mm for 6mm and maybe a wider verge with hedges? Not sure… Hedges would maybe help rigidity. The vinyl is a litle brittle but should stand up to normal use. I just need to see how easy it bends/stays bent such that it sticks up too much to make it usable. I'm optimistic though!


  4. Let me know if you try the 6mm roads if you would please Andy. I may have a crack at some of these myself. Keep up the good work mate!

  5. Let me know if you try the 6mm roads if you would please Andy. I may have a crack at some of these myself. Keep up the good work mate!

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