I recently spent a few days considering buying a load of different 2 foot square gaming mats to use for D&D. I got as far as making a list, checked it twice, but it turned out that I had been nasty and not nice enough by far....
Anyway I looked at the list, I looked at my bank account and back to the site I was thinking of purchasing from and after quite sometime I decided that it was not something I needed to do. I hadn't realised how many boards I had already, while others I could re-work and give them a new life.
This is the old GW static grass mat stuck onto chip board, I did not make this one :-)
Desert sand a new board.
Mars attacks another new board.
Winter soldiers, a re-worked board. I have another 2' by 4' which I need to cut in half and then decide how I will use them.
Deep blue a new board.
D&D dungeon board.
D&D temple board.
Cobbles and grit. I have another 2 boards with a mix of cobbles and waste land and these I will be completing next.
This last set are actually self adhesive floor tiles, so not made by me. Every time I go to B&Q I have a look at the tiles to see if anything catches my eye and is cheap. These two were about 6 pounds for 12 tiles which I consider to be fairly priced.
Half and half.
After I had made the new boards and laid out what I had and the fact that I still have 6, 2' boards to complete I decided I didn't really need to buy anything, thus saving the world more junk and my pocket the expense.