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.
I print my Fat Dragon Games Copper Dragon terrain tiles on regular paper. I then cut them out, roughly, with a white border. Then I apply them to the glue side of peel-n-stick vinyl floor tiles. The tiles are available in most DIY stores. I buy the cheapest I can find, usually $0.59 per 1-foot square tile. It works best if I cover the tiles with clear Contact Paper (translucent vinyl, used for lining cupboards, found in the kitchen department of Wal-Mart). The Contact Paper allows me to use wet-erase markers (Crayola Washable Markers are the very best -- leave on for weeks, and they still wipe off with ease, no ghosting, in any color!).
These vinyl tile pieces are heavy... If you pile a stack of pieces such as shown in this photo, into a plastic tub, you will find that it is quite hefty! That is their downside. The upside is the price, ease of construction, durability, and heft (a blessing and a curse...). You can improve their appearance by using a black marker to remove the white edges. No matter what you set them on top of, the blackened edges will make a noticeable improvement in their appearance. If the tiles warp, just gently flex them, and they will lay flat.
(5-foot by 9-foot Ping Pong Table, covered in FDG's Copper Dragon Dungeon Tiles)
Here is a link to my blog about how I do this. Note that projects #3, #5, and #7 failed due to the vinyl warping, over time. Some basing projects (#2) also failed due to warpage, but these were more due to the fact that painting PVA Glue onto the vinyl surface (to adhere sand to the surface, for ground texture), will lead to catastrophic warpage, in 3+ months. I now use MDF bases exclusively.
To keep these from moving around on the table top, I bought some black felt, at the local fabric store. I cut out some 2-foot squares of 1/2-inch plywood, and then I covered these squares with the felt, stretching it slightly, and stapling it on the underside, to keep it taut. The slippery vinyl is not so slippery on the felt! They move very little, but I do have to pick them up by slipping a fingernail under the edge, and lift them. Cheers!
I recently moved to a new house. Had to pack up all of my vinyl tiles -- made the mistake of putting them all into one tub... They all fit, with the tub being about 3/4-full. It was HEAVY! Not exactly portable. Good thing I only need to haul them from my craft room, adjacent to my gaming table, for games!
The weight is both a blessing, and a curse. The adhesive on the tiles makes them super-easy to work with; they're very inexpensive; they're super-easy to cut with utility scissors; they won't move much at all, on top of felt; and, they're terribly heavy -- ugh! If the pro's and con's are workable for the individual DM, they're great. Otherwise, cork tiles are definitely worth looking into. Cheers!
Vermin King: That would explain why 'Photos' loaded slower this weekend. It was 'improved'
May 26, 2020 8:07:25 GMT -9
wyvern: It wasn't some fresh Windows "improvement" then... I noticed the icon for the MS image viewer, "Photos", changed a few days back as well. Doesn't seem to have changed the app, as far as I can tell. Yet.
May 26, 2020 4:26:25 GMT -9
lightning: Glad that only a restart was involved. I wouldn't have the energy to much more today :-)
May 26, 2020 3:01:39 GMT -9
Vermin King: I had a scare and a half. Went to open a pdf for the first time today and nothing happened. Checked All Programs and saw that Reader updated on 05/23. Restarting fixed it. Whew
May 25, 2020 10:56:44 GMT -9
Vermin King: His eyes must not be as old as mine
May 21, 2020 11:12:39 GMT -9
cowboyleland: I always thought Tirick was a little mad.
May 21, 2020 7:11:40 GMT -9
Vermin King: Really worn out tonight, so when I'm like that I just look for things I used to have, but don't any more. I got the Zippy models and am rebuilding my Tirick/TCF Gaming folder. How the heck would anyone build his 1/1000 Battletech mechs without enlarging
May 20, 2020 17:12:58 GMT -9
Toman: yea I have been. pretty cool project. I've done a few scratch builds like that but not as large. cutting individual stones or carving stones in foam sucks.
May 19, 2020 16:50:41 GMT -9
Vermin King: Anybody else following Mauther's home-made Playmobile castle build? Looks really good so far
May 18, 2020 18:13:38 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Good point. Maybe make the wing feathers seperately so that the wind could get through them?
May 14, 2020 6:10:23 GMT -9
squirmydad: We had two operators for the hawk though, one to carry the weight and the other to flap the wings.
May 13, 2020 11:02:25 GMT -9
squirmydad: Probably silk and dowels. I assisted in the construction of a giant hawk puppet for an indoor show, probably about the same size as that pegasus.
May 13, 2020 11:01:49 GMT -9
Vermin King: It's got to be really light. The article dealt with parade puppets. I don't think I'd want to be trying to control that in a stiff wind
May 13, 2020 4:21:20 GMT -9
lightning: that's a nice pegasus!
May 13, 2020 4:10:32 GMT -9
shep: Will it fly, if you move the wings fast enough?
May 13, 2020 1:10:51 GMT -9