Using a green towel from the laundry cupboard may suffice, but it will always be just a towel. It wont add to the excitement of your battles or give you the satisfaction of knowing you created something that is truly yours and unique.
Once again I had little to no money for supplies, so all you see from here is what I had already, or what I got for very little money.
First of all you need your board, I had two 4ft x 2ft polystyrene boards left over from a previous project. Polystyrene is ideal, its sturdy, comes in various sizes and thickness, its cheap and its light. So no problem to move and store when not in use.
Its worth shopping around for bargains (pound shops are ideal). I found little trees that were to scale and they were only a pound each. I also had some green GW battlemat left over, so I scraped together a little hill, just for measuring purposes.
When it comes to designing your gameboard, you dont want to mark it out straight away onto the board. Its worth using a maths school book, drawing a few small scale gameboards then making a few different designs. Once your happy, then mark out your board. Try adding a few different features to your design. I went for a large forrest, large lake, pathway, small woods and a pond.
Once you have your board marked out, you can start painting. I used poster paint (cheap and lots of colours), but feel free to use any paint you wish. Some paints have chemicals that will melt your polystyrene though, so I suggest asking instore if the paint is safe to use. Make sure your painting area is clean and well ventilated. Take a moment to check your board to see if thats clean too. When its comes to painting, use a soft brush, and unless you want a dirty floor, put plenty of newspaper down to catch any drips.
Appologies for poor picture.
Its really starting to take shape now. Once you have your board all painted, leave to dry. Use this time to gather supplies and decide what colour flocks you will use.
I decided to use green, brown and small stones for my pathway.
I also decided to make my own flock. All you need is very fine sawdust, poster paint, a mixing bowl, a fine sieve and a large tray to dry your flock on.
In the mixing bowl put a squirt of paint in, a touch of water and stir in your sawdust, adding more if needed.
When all the paint has been absorbed by the sawdust, leave to dry on a tray.
Once all the painted areas are dry, you can now flock your board.
Use watered down PVA glue, and an old brush. Dont glue the whole board, do a section at a time. I started on the pathway.
Once the pathway is complete, leave to dry. Then do the next section.
For flock that I made myself, I was rather pleased with the end result. Now all that is left, the green areas.
Here i used a mix of brown and green (I decided to call it Grown, grren and brown mixed and it has the effect of overgrown grass). The pond and lake I decided to leave blue.
And there you have it, an effective and cheap to make gameboard…and better to look at than a green towel.
Hope this gives you some ideas.