Normally, I just throw down a green or brown sheet and then place my terrain on that, but I've started to think I need to upgrade. There are a number of nice looking options available for sale, but I've seen quite a few nice options for the DIYer. I thought I would test out some ideas and share them with all of you.
Stupidly, I failed to take pictures of the project at different stages, so only have the final work to show you.
For this test, I wanted to texture some canvas and then add some paint. I've a couple of friends that play DBA and use 24" x 24" painting canvases for their boards. They have just painted the canvases green and brown and they work well and are very functional, but I wanted to add a bit more detail.
For this test, I picked up a 12" x 12" canvas and some tubes of caulk. I already had some bottles of cheap craft paint to paint the finished product with.
I applied the caulk to the canvas and spread it around with a putty knife. I wanted a fairly even coat, thick enough that you couldn't see the canvas texture, but not super thick.
After the layer of caulk was applied, I let it dry just a bit, then took a sponge and used that to add some texture. I just dabbed the sponge all over the canvas and lifted up. This gave an interesting texture and made sure that you couldn't see the lines from the putty knife. I let this dry a bit more and then used the putty knife to knock down the texture a bit. I just ran the putty knife over everything very lightly. I didn't want to kill all the texture, but I did want to make sure the surface was pretty flat.
I let the caulk dry completely and then put two of coats of a dark brown (burnt umber) on the canvas. It took two coats to get a solid coat down. Once that dried I applied a dry brush of tan over the whole canvas. It was a bit too light, so I went back and added a second (slightly) heavier dry brush of the tan.
|12" x 12" board|
|Close up of the texture|
|The board with some buildings and troops|
|"I wonder what's on the other side of these buildings?"|
I'm not completely happy with the outcome, but I'm not upset by it either. I'm trying to decided if I should tone down the color with a heavier dry brush of the tan or if I should add some flock to the board. I think the flock will work alright on these canvases, but I have plans to do a large sheet (4' x 6') at some point and I don't think I will be able to flock that because it won't hold up when rolled.
I'd like to hear what you think of this? Does it need more color? Should I flock it? Would it be better to paint on some green instead of using flock?