I've always really liked the look of mats made from faux fur cloth. I've even had a go at making my own, but the cost was intense for the first attempt. I needed to get the fur (about $60 for a 5'x3'), an electric pet shaver to trim the fur (another $20) and then spray paints (another $30ish dollars) to color everything. The results were really nice, but it was a long, smelly process (the off-gassing of the spray paints takes a while to dissipate).
|My own efforts.|
Killing Fields Terrain offers a dyed mat at 4'x6' for about $80. I figured that just getting the mat as a base to experiment on would be worth it, so I ordered one. It arrived in a quick fashion, folded inside a nice sturdy box that I can use for storage.
|The mat right out of the box and on my kitchen table.|
|A little tussling of the fur with my hand and it was ready to go.|
The mat has really nice "pile" (length of the fur) and can be further shaved into.
|After a shave, I used white glue and sprinkled sand on it.|
Once dry, a light dry brush of a light cream finished it off.
|Ready to fight!|
|The mat is draped over a hill here, creating a nice gentle rolling slope.|
|Lighting the whole set up was a challenge, but there really is a nice range of color in the mat.|
I couldn't be happier with my purchase. I would highly recommend this product. If you're in the US and in the market for a fur mat, take a look at http://www.killingfieldsterrain.com - it'll be worth your time. I'm seriously considering ordering a second mat when I can so that I can play a nice big 4'x12' Napoleonic game on it!