wargamestournaments eBay store. They put our unpainted table to shame so we set out to flock it in similar way.
We have an 8' by 4' table in the Wargarage which until now has been unpainted. It was high time that it had some colour and texture applied to it, but we decided against flocking the table itself and instead got four 2' by 4' sheets of MDF to lay on top. The texture would be applied to these boards.
Before any flock went on the board, we wanted to add some texture and colour using sand and paint. The first step was to take the smooth surface off the MDF by giving one side of each board a quick going over with some sandpaper. When this step is done there should be a nice fluffy feel to it.
After doing some research we came up with the following flock mixture to use as the basis for the table. All of these are manufactured by Javis Countryside Scenics:
- 1 part Spring Mix
- 1 part Rough Mix
- 1 part Summer Mix
- 1 part Heath Green
Each bag was shoved into a biscuit tin and given a good mix. This is a particularly satisfying job!
Rather than having a uniform layer of flock on the board, we wanted to leave some areas of the textured board showing at this stage. To do this we painted pure PVA on in patches then drybrushed it outwards so that further away from the centre of these patches, less and less flock would stick, creating a natural looking gradient.
We found that this was also a really good opportunity to cover up any mistakes that have been made in the preparation of the board. Any patchy areas can be given the most PVA and be completely covered with flock to hide all the mistakes!
At this stage, all of our boards had flock patterns that came out a bit different, but that didn't matter too much because the next job is to lay the boards out next to each other and to add flock to give the whole table a coherent look. The edges of the boards need particular attention.
This part was really good fun but we did make a bit of a mess of our brush. Luckily we'd been pretty sensible and used the cheapest, nastiest brush that we could find.
Now the the final look of the table is starting to take shape. One possible improvement could be at the edges of each board. We've used flock to make one board bend into another, which means that there are fairly regular bands across the table. With a little bit more planning, this could be improved, but it will not be a problem when the table has terrain on it.
All that was left to do now was seal the board with some more PVA, this time watered down and sprayed through a handheld spray gun. The one we used was similar to the ones you get kitchen cleaning sprays in, but a bit more heavy duty to cope with the thickness of the mixture. We ended up using a water:pva ratio of approximately 4:1.
We found that the mixture tends to drip out of the spray mechanism quite a bit. You can see this on the board in the right hand side of the picture above. It is worth using something to catch the drips so that patches of flock don't get ruined.
This was a good few hours work but certainly worth doing. Having a properly presented table is going to make our games look much better, and will hopefully encourage people to field fully painted armies a bit more often!
Unusually, it was Warhammer Fantasy Battle Cat who came to help me take the pictures today. The Wargarage is in her garden and she often comes in to see what's going on when I am in there on my own, but tends to steer clear if there are more people waving rule books around and shouting etc.