A thread on TMP (http://theminiaturespage.com/boards/msg.mv?id=263114) started with an excellent tutorial helped me decide to try this method to make a cloth for my upcoming Little Wars game.
The method is to spread flexible caulk over a canvas sheet, and then color with flock. The Lion of the North's tutorial on the method is here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/76935015@N03/sets/72157629346115756/with/6886926400/), and I recommend it. Elliot's tutorial is also useful (http://www.flickr.com/photos/36331979@N00/sets/72157610259987470/). Finally, Jeff's games can be seen here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/war_artisan/collections/72157606732184920/).
My cloth was a learning experience, but I am pleased with it. I made a 6' by 9' peice, with a river along the portion of one edge. There is a road intersection, with clearly cultivated areas then other areas. It was a weekend project.
|Working on the first section in -- you can see a line of lose flocking in the foreground|
|In the process of removing all the lose flocking before moving on to the next strip.|
|Same section, with all the lose flocking removed.|
|Overview of the table, set up for the Viking - Irish game.|
|Close up of part of the battle.|
What I like about it is the clarity of the ground -- terrain features are clearly delineated with a minimum of effort, and the way my bases go with it. Since I used flock on both the game matt and my figures bases they are better integrated than with my standard green gaming matt.
I am looking forward to using it in convention games, and comparing it to other matts used.