So I have been looking for something else and the obvious option is Terrain base mats or cloths, which I already have for my desert terrain. After a lot of eBay and Amazon hunting I found the following.
I am always looking for a cheap option and these come it at £14.99 for the king size which is conveniently pretty close to 6x8 feet. I bought two. When they arrived they are a little on the pale side, and although they are olive green it is quite dependant on the light ? so I purchased a couple of tins of green paint and set too last weekend.
Some blotchy dark green
Then some lighter bright green
Then on one of them I worked up one half of the blotches into some more coherent field shapes. I am about 85 % happy at this stage but want to actually try them before I do any more work if at all....so here are some test photos quickly run of in the dungeon, this isn't using the full lighting in the dungeon, which will give a different feel altogether I suspect..
At 28 mm scale it looks and feels like cropped or grazed grass, it will work well for big countryside battles, should be fine for future ACW as it has that summer burnt feel. Possibly not as lush as it could be ?
For 6 mm eastern front it has turned out fanatastic and makes a huge difference allowing a much more flexible terrain setup as I can incorporate a more natural feel to hills and valleys and not have oversized roads. I really like this look of the Russian Steppe 😀
I messed about trying some other shots...here are a couple of fields on top of the first cloth
And a second shot showing some 20 mm Napoleonics on some hills...you get a sense of the hills here, they work brilliantly for unit based troops but not for single figure skirmish games, where they are slippery.
A wide screen shot just waiting for Russian cavalry or tanks
Ignore the fact the colour looks completely different for the second mat it isn't but it shows what the impact is of different lighting, again I quickly put some old hills at the end and they are great ?
With the addition of hedges you can very quickly build up a countryside effect
Two final shots of the two mats spread to their 8 foot extent, they are not quite the full 8 which is a tad annoying, but close