A while back when I was trying to sort out some desert terrain by repainting my Purbeck Terrain tiles someone suggested using a material called Veltrim as a base cloth (mainly for 6mm games). Before Christmas I tracked down a supplier on eBay (toeragstruckmats). The Sand colour I wanted was out of stock but they let me know when it was back in and even posted a small sample. The material is used for lining the inside of cars/camper vans and is about 3mm thick. It has a smoother base side and and slightly furrier top side. The colouring is a more beige type sand but it matched the paint I used for my tiles and seems OK, if not your usual yellow sand.
It comes in 2m wide strips and you buy a meter for £7.95. I went for 2m for a total of £23.40 including shipping. It arrived about 2 weeks ago but with work and kids and the York show it was only last night that I finally unpacked it! I was relieved to see it was the right colour and this evening, after getting the kids to bed I dragged it downstairs and with pen, tape and scissors in hand I set to it!
For the main use (if I ever get a game again!) I wanted a 6ftx4ft piece so the first stage was to trim a 4ft length off the main width (200cm). The piece I was sent was actually 237cm long so taking this last piece I measured off another 4ft length to give me a 48″ x 45″ piece for smaller skirmish and hopefully FUBAR type games!
This still left a decent size piece so I thought it would be good to hack this in to various shapes for contoured hills. I’ve done a good selection of shapes with a few small bits to make them interesting. Taking pictures in the evening in my back room doesn’t do wonders for the colour (and I could really have done with having some models on for ‘effect’) but it does give you a good idea of what it all looks like.
I’m quite pleased with it and having spent today having a big clearout in the attic I have finally cleared the table and laid out the two 4ftx2ft bits of MDF with a view to a little skirmish of some kind in the near future. And at least now I have some terrain!