A good network of roads is vital to many wargaming tables. Not only does it allow you rapidly move around the board but it creates the narrative of the engagement with fields, houses and walls placed alongside them.
While this site has discussed many homemade ways of making roads and used several off-the-shelf examples (inc Battlefronts excellent pre-painted ones), I have decided to try a 3D print option using my new Neptune FDM printer. This is a new area for me; While experienced with SLA (resin) printing I have never used FDM (plastic) printing before. While FDM doesn’t offer anywhere near the detail of SLA (resin) printing it is great for scenery. It is cheap, has a large build volume and the plastic pieces are hard wearing so can be thrown in boxes for easy transport.
I decided to print 96″ of straight roads, some curves and a Y junction. The filament for this comes to around £10.
I wanted to use these roads to spruce up my snowboard therefore I decided to paint them as normal dirt roads and then add a snow effect and melted snow grass flock.
I think I perhaps went a bit too heavy with the grass on the roads, however, I think they work once they are on the mat.
For £10 you really can’t go wrong and in future, I will be printing a set for my normal rural summer board to replace my vinyl-backed set which has a habit of curling at the edges.