I’m always on the hunt for better wargaming kit. So a couple of years ago I experimented using Sisal Florist Mesh Wrap for terrain templates.
Mysterious mesh terrain templates at the Big Red Bat Cave
At a wargame at the Big Red Bat Cave, i.e. Simon Miller’s place, I noticed Simon was using some interesting mesh as his terrain templates. The gaps meant you could see the table top through it. They were also light weight and I suspected quite durable. I wanted some.
You can see some of Simon’s features on his Cremona Battle Report.
On the day I got sucked into the game and forgot to ask Simon about it. But I did follow up a few months later. Unfortunately Simon couldn’t tell me much about it:
The material you refer to is a sort of gift wrap, which looks like hairs layered irregularly over each other. I bought mine from Costco; it’s designed to go around the outside of other sorts of wrapping as an extra layer. I’m not sure whether it is a Christmas or all year round thing. I’m afraid I have no other leads for you… good luck!
Sisal Florist Mesh Wrap
So I went hunting and found “Sisal Florist Mesh Wrap”. To be precise it was “46cm x 5yards Pressed Sisal Abaca Wrap Dark Green (3355)” sold by CNG Florist Sundries LTD on Amazon USA, UK, and Canada.
I used them for my Russian Scouts game. You’ll notice all the woods features have Sisal templates.
In my Monster game I used both the Sisal terrain templates and cardboard. The overall effect is okay, but you can easily spot the Sisal if you are looking for it.
Positive: Sisal mesh is very light weight so easy to cut out and store.
Negative: The colour I used is wrong. Too blue-green. It would be good to find something more green-brown. But I guess green-brown is not a popular colour for gift wrapping. I did try “50cm x 5m Sisal Mesh Wrap Natural (3632)”, also aold by CNG Florist Sundries LTD (Amazon USA, UK, and Canada), however, the blue-green was better. Simon Miller’s templates were a better colour – but I don’t know how to find them.
On balance I considered the experiment a failure. So I reverted to Making terrain templates from cardboard and flock.
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4 thoughts on “Terrain Templates from Sisal Florist Mesh Wrap”
Amazon UK has this in various colours:
Tangle Tuff Pressed Abaca Sisal Wrap Mesh Roll
Thanks Richard. Same stuff, different supplier to the one I found … and different colours. Light green, dark green and brown all look like possibilities.
To save folk searching, the link is … Tangle Tuff Pressed Abaca Sisal Wrap Mesh Roll.
I have found a color I like to use here in the US called Chocolate. When placed over a green mat or foam it looks good.
Interesting. I can imagine how that might work well. Thanks Andrew