I chose the 2x2 sulfur fields gaming mat, for a very reasonable $15.97 plus shipping. The mat made it over to the UK quickly and packed in a sturdy box.
The mat is unpainted latex rubber, and is grey in colour.
I first painted the whole mat with diluted Burnt Umber. It took a while, but wasn't difficult.
The website has a good tutorial, which explains drybrushing and scumbling techniques. The key is to keep the layers as thin as possible to reduce the risk of cracking when rolling up the mat.
A few times some areas became too bright and I had to wash them back with black or black-brown mixes of heavily diluted paint. It worked though.
Doing the final highlights, I mixed in some regular citadel paint for final highlights.. Probably just skull white or buff.. I don't exactly remember.
Because of using thin coats of paint (and relatively thin paint itself) you have to do LOTS of passes. I was watching TV while mindlessly brushing away, thinking it would not take long, but I got through a few episodes and was only halfway done. It was a couple hours work to get it right.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the resulting game surface. Here is a short list of huge pros:
- Looks Great. Plenty of detail and the scale works fine for 15mm (The other mats they sell may not, depending on your tolerance for big bits of tree.)
- Figure protection. The surface is rubber! Laying a figure on it's face or knocking it over is relatively stress-free. A huge plus in my book.
- Rolls up for storage. This is much better than a solid battle-board for my uses. It is thin and weighs next to nothing. Excellent.
- Because you paint it yourself, it will definitely match your basing finish.
- You have to paint it yourself. Personally I prefer this anyway.
Compared to flocked boards, cloth boards, textured painted boards or no board.. The Zuzzy mat beats them all hands-down for looks, value for money, storage and portability.