With a bit of free time today I decided to spruce up my Commands and Colors: Ancients gaming mat, which has been looking so sad I haven't felt at all inspired to play on it.
All I did was use some green wood stain from the local hardware store to outline the edges of the mat. It will need another coat or two to get rid of some of the spottiness, but as I'm already getting the urge to have a game on it, it is serving its purpose!
Here's a shot of it, but please excuse the poor lighting. My normal bulbs blew over New Year and I was unable to find any of the same type at short notice. As you can see, the replacements are not up to snuff.
The mat itself is a piece of carpet spraypainted with various shades of green, brown and yellow. I now see that it would have actually worked out cheaper (and infinitely more aesthetically pleasing!) to buy a hotz mat, and I think I may go that route if this latest modification does not prove satisfactory...