I found two different mat types made by Easyiz featured in the Walmart chains here in the US. They're rubberized shelf liner, one with a desert rock look, the other in a gray/granite rock look (tundra). Come in two sizes 20" x 6' and 40" x 10'. Cut to fit is the idea, but for $5 & $10 a pop, you could have a good looking mat like surface that could be rolled up for transport. I plan on several of both color to use with my store/traveling 'soft' style setup - styrofoam boards with Paper Terrain scenery and cut out paper boundaries for elevation/vegetation, etc.
Last Edit: Aug 4, 2017 10:21:06 GMT by madmorgan: fixed 20' to 20" correction
I love the Cigar Box stuff - even though its a bit expensive, they have a wonderfully large range of 6' x 4' and lots of other bits that will work well for an AQ player. As IG will probably do some mats as well in the future - it looks bright. Wonder if IG might bring the Red Weed style back that Cigar Box once made (licensed and dropped when AD went under).
Adding some red weed to any mat is not a problem. That lurid red lichen from LifeLike railroad hobby section is readily available as is the red "scrubby yarn" posted here. Jut put them on a bit of cardboard or plasticard to them to help stay put.
These take up almost no room and are repositionable, not fixed.
Sorry, it was 20 inches by 6 feet. You'll need at least two and better three to do a table but that is at $15 a buy. I've not tested the paint on it yet - thanks for the idea, wasn't planning to paint it at all. Good thought & I'll get back on success/failure of that. boxholders red weed solution is the best as he notes both flexible for placement and easy to store. I'd suggest 1"x1" or 2"x 1" bases for the stuff. Good calls you two
A mat made by combining rolls of material should be good. Using "leftovers" to make roads rivers and such would make the product more useful. I find Cigar box and other mats very attractive, they can become so expensive so fast they lose their luster.
One further idea in regards to cutting beads. I haven't tried it yet, but I'd imagine a pill cutter from a local pharmacy would make thing easier and perhaps a bit safer for those of us who are 'fumble fingered'.