I've recently been hit by the realisation that my usual hobby area has become so cluttered with family odds and ends - boxes of seasonal fruit, boxes of gifts for our students, leftover treats from Christmas that I am not allowed to throw away until at least a couple more months have passed, my wife's sewing materials, the kids' drawings and school creations, my guitar gear - that trying to maintain it as a dedicated wargaming space is almost a lost cause.
While this is on one level a little frustrating, on another it gives me a good reason to get cracking on my Neil Thomas "One Hour Wargames" project. OHW is a book of rules and scenarios for wargamers who are short of space and time, and at the moment that sounds just about me!
Therefore, I today went down to the DIY store and picked up an 82x82 tatami-mat variant (there are some advantages to living in Japan. Who knew?!) and a couple of bits of carpet.
After hacking away at the carpet with the scissors I've got something that looks like this:
I also conducted a scientifically rigorous experiment with white glue and flock...
...which has sufficed to convince me that for colour application purposes spray paint will be a better way to go!
OHW uses 6 units per side, so I think 82x82 will work well with my 15mm armies.
Next step will be to get the spray painting done and then look at creating a few other terrain items.