Tuesday 8 September 2015

Underground Terrain I

As I said at the beginning of the month, I have for some time fancied creating an underground tabletop, not a role-playing tunnels and small cavern job, but a relatively large cavern battlefield. Whilst I wanted to do this, I also want to do it relatively cheaply, but also quite quickly (so no mod-roc creations like my Mars terrain).

For the tabletop I had considered a grey cloth but an (unwilling) trip to a carpet shop saw me perusing their vinyl kitchen and bathroom flooring, especially the marble effect ones. Most of this is cut to size but in a grouted tile effect which wasn't quite what I wanted. However fifteen minutes in eBay and I discovered these packs of one foot square marble effect self adhesive bathroom/kitchen floor tiles, three for £1.99...

I had intended to just lay them on a tabletop but found that they would stick to the underside of my TSS one foot tiles easily enough, so I dug out four and have made a 2 foot square underground tabletop!*

The tiles are very shiny, but a couple of sprays with matt varnish sorts this... Ok, now to find some items to stick on the tabletop.

* I bought enough tiles (three packs) to create a 3 foot square table, I just need to dig out some more terrain tiles from the loft!


  1. I've been looking for something for Frostgrave/Otherworld myself and they will do perfectly. Do you have a link for the eBay seller?

    1. Here you go Gordon... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281663352370?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&var=580667543219&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

  2. I like what you've done - very effective. Interested to see what you can add.

  3. May I suggest the Gale Force 9 Battlefield in a Box Crystals? I know they made them in at least four colours, but no longer sell them. eBay has one set of the purple "Energon" crystals at $22.49. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Battlefield-in-a-Box-Energon-Crystals-BB547-/281788761882?hash=item419beb471a

    I have the green ones and love them. I use them as deposits of the valuable mineral handwavium in my VSF games.

  4. I will enjoy seeing how you get on.

    I sometimes consider making a game board inside a BODY! (Fantastic Voyage style!) But I know my players would think it gust a gimmick!

  5. I got some crystals and some mushrooms for underground games from wargames terrain workshop http://wargamesterrainworkshop.co.uk/?product_cat=resin-cast-scenery cheap, paint up well and effective IMO.