We used to use a 0.5 by 1.5 meters piece of a green carpet of artificial grass for our Warhammer and W40k sessions. Available at any building center and dead cheap... ^^ It's really sturdy, doesn't wrinkle and you can easily roll it up. Be sure to buy one without water drainage (those rubber knobs on the underside) – if you can find one, that is...
I guess, though, any carpet with really small slings will do, so you could have a blue one for naval games, a black for space, an ochre one for deserts and so on...
I tried the Ebbles system and found a tendency to drift apart after an age putting them together. Having used Dave Graffam's street maps, I like the sound of mounting a grid of tiles on a cloth. If you're doing the convention circuit, as I do, you need a simple cloth or map that can be rolled or folded. It can also be adapted to any table.
I lately experimented with having maps printed on truck tarp. Sturdy PVC that won't tear, can easily be rolled up and stashed away/transported with an art roll (you know, these large tubes for sending posters and huge pictures by mail). We have an online print shop here in Germany that makes these prints in any size. A 4' by 4' tarp map costs about 15 Euros (around 20$) and will most probably last a lifetime and longer. I'm quite sure there are print services in your areas that print these for comparable prices...
I like using cloth (Green for Grass, Blue for water, and a light brown for deserts/caves, looking in getting a grey for city) for my tiles I use a modified version of DM Scotty's Tile scape and 2.5 (print on cardboard) with the occasional "center piece" usually a foam built piece.
with the cloth it gives me the option to place books or the like under it to make hills and still lets me place built hills/roads/rivers on top. Low tech old school. Recently fiends have been recommending those new hex tiles that recently came out, but they seem just a tad limiting in 1. the cost and 2. there are only three different sets and not quite what I need.
I have used the WWG tiles and like the versatility for building Buildings but I really hate cutting the foam core. have ended up just creating set pieces, as in frequently visited locations, or pieces that can double as multiple locations.
lightning: That is good advice but I still wish I could create faster to get all ideas out of my head in time :-)
Jan 17, 2018 5:41:47 GMT -9
Papercraft Warrior: The trick is, only projects you should start, are those that you can finish in reasonable time... all others get stuck in their own personal hell.
Jan 17, 2018 5:20:56 GMT -9
Coyotepunc: Hopefully tonight I will get some pictures up of Striders with tentacles and my kitbashed 1940s Manchurian building. Hopefully. I might just go to bed.
Jan 16, 2018 16:36:04 GMT -9
Vermin King: I think that's why I'm doing so many 'stupid' little projects these days. The projects I want to finish seem to be stuck in their own pocket universe
Jan 16, 2018 13:00:16 GMT -9
mproteau: I'm tempted to rename "Paper Realms" to "Glacial Studios" to reflect my pace.
Jan 16, 2018 7:07:08 GMT -9
okumarts: Really overwhelmed at work. Marking essays and projects at the end of a semester. I wish I could create stuff faster.
Jan 16, 2018 4:34:13 GMT -9
Vermin King: Would have been Guy Williams's birthday today. And there's no Lost in Space marathon! darn
Jan 14, 2018 15:49:25 GMT -9
mproteau: 2 of 3 pages of the Local Heroes minis are done! I'm working on some 6" cave walls right now, kinda flip-flopping between the two tasks. Should have the set's cutfiles done tonight, though.
Jan 14, 2018 11:00:14 GMT -9
cowboyleland: We S-O-O-O need a "like" button down here. Happy to hear this mproteau!
Jan 10, 2018 11:31:57 GMT -9
mproteau: Finally! A little success on my cave walls. I like what happened on my desk this morning, and it led me to a few more ideas. Time to work on the grids for the tiles..
Jan 10, 2018 6:38:55 GMT -9
mproteau: Good lord I hope I get better at what I'm doing, 'cause it isn't all that good right now! Time to pick up another pack of cardstock to feed to the cutter... lots of failed test builds...
Jan 8, 2018 13:55:30 GMT -9