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#61285
Using DF as stamps! 4 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
As cool as the DF tiles are, I've been in the market for a decent game board for quite some time. I wanted something to use when we had outside encounters that seemed to go on at great distances. The game mats that I have seen are pretty expensive and for some reason, never have movement squares that I have become accustomed to thanks to DF. So, I decided to make my own. This is a 1' x 1' board. I plan to make a few to add to it with different features such as a cliff, road, pond, swamp, etc. The trees and grass mat are from Hobby Lobby, about $50.00 worth. The board is the good old reliable cork board that I've been talking about. I simply (carefully and time consuming) painted the top of one of the DF floor tiles with a thick coat of DF paint earth brown and used it as a stamp. Wallah! Instant field map. I tried a few different colors, but I thought that the brown on green contrast worked the best. I'm planning on trying a snow mat with black tile stamps, next.
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#61287
Re:Using DF as stamps! 4 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
Very nice job! I think it turned out great with the technique you used.

If you are interested in mats then maybe check out this new company, Break From Reality Games, who just finished a successful Kickstarter for their new GripMats product.

Website: www.bfrgames.com/

Kickstarter: www.kickstarter.com/projects/bfrgames/gripmat-get-a-grip-on-your-game

They do offer a snow mat, grass mat, water mat, cobblestone mat, etc. I went in on the KS and am going to get myself the grass and cobblestone mats.
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#61288
Re:Using DF as stamps! 4 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
Hotz Mats also has a pretty wide variety of felt mats that look to be pretty high quality, and are available with 1" squares (as well as larger squares, hexes, or unmarked). Several different styles available:

www.hotzmats.com/

I have some on order right now, so I can't vouch for quality just yet, but I've seen them in other folks' layouts here and they look very nice.

Of course, it seems like you've already solved your need. And I think that's a very clever technique you've used, I imagine with a little experimentation one could create all sorts of interesting textures that way.
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#61314
Re:Using DF as stamps! 4 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
That turned out really nice. I got a pretty awesome mat from zuzzy, good price too. They have multiple textures, only 1 of which incorperates 1" square pattern though. That's the one I got, its pretty cool
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#61319
Re:Using DF as stamps! 4 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
Thanks a lot for the kind words, guys. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and will post more photos of when I complete my next few.
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#63420
Re:Using DF as stamps! 3 Months, 1 Week ago  
So... I've continued the stamp routine and have now added more trees, walls and lots of Table Top World structures.
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#63664
Re:Using DF as stamps! 3 Months, 1 Week ago  
Holy crap! That looks like a scene from a movie! I'm inspired.

I see some tabletop world pieces... The windmill, water well and buildings. very nice.
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#63667
Re:Using DF as stamps! 3 Months, 1 Week ago  
Yes, The Photo is Great. I like the stars in the back ground. The stamps are a very good idea, I often use natural sponges for stamps.

Here is a photo of some JR buildings I painted for a demo. The plastic plants make good crops.


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#63669
Re:Using DF as stamps! 3 Months, 1 Week ago  
The stamps reminds me. A friend uses felt and marks hexes with flocked dots. It looks better than it sounds.



I found the photo. The felt is flocked with Woodland Scenic flock except fabric glue was used. He used Allene's Flexible Stretchable fabric glue, A Plaid product.www.amazon.com/Aleenes-Flexible-Stretchable-Fabric-Glue/dp/B001689RIG
They keep track of the grid with flock dots.
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#63675
Re:Using DF as stamps! 3 Months, 1 Week ago  
This reminds me of an idea I had; that I never figured out if it was feasible.

Basically, could I get enough 4x6 and 6x6 DF tiles to make an outdoor battlefield? I would then flock and paint them to be grassy or earthen terrain.

It was pretty expensive with the old tiles (although I think somebody did it), but with dwarvenite, it might make sense. I am going to go like at the price of floor tiles.

I looked and two packs of floor tiles could make you a 1'x2' board for $90. You would also have eight 2"x2" tiles for making into "terrain" such as trees or boulders. $180 for a "portable" 2'x2' battle board.

Probably not worth it overall, but it might be practical for use with things like the ruins sets. Only good for small D&D battles, not a full fledge terrain board. The biggest downside is the 4"x6" tiles now have the celtic weave in the center. It is a great design for the dungeons, but would require a little work to cover up for outdoor use.
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#64157
Re:Using DF as stamps! 3 Months ago  
I'll be honest and say that I think Dead_Rabbit's look the best! That idea of "stamping" the tiles with the paint is a wonderful idea! It really does look wonderful and the cork adds to the look of the terrain! Very impressive and I would love to see others that you do!
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