30/06/2020 at 11:48 #139202
I rather fancy treating myself to a new battle mat-an arid or Desert one. Any advice on the relative adavantages/disadvantages of cloth, mouse pad or rubber will be much appreciated. Thank you in advance.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/30/06/2020 at 14:43 #139219Darkest Star GamesParticipant
Is there a specific size you are looking at?
I have found mousepad style mats to be very heavy an unwieldy at the size I use (4’x6′), as well as difficult to get make hills and ridges with by putting books etc. beneath. They are super durable though. I would only use one foe a small mat, like 2’x2′.
I have recently had a mat made by War Sigil for scrub land, and am having 2 more being made for sandy desert and verdant grassland. I find the canvas like backing they use to be very durable, easy to roll, and easy to drape for hills, etc. They are painted and textured and ahve some details elements like grasses and stones, really great mats for the price. I mean, I’m going to have 3, so they can’t be all that bad!
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."30/06/2020 at 15:32 #139222Mr. AverageParticipant01/07/2020 at 00:13 #139241
Helpful stuff lads, thank you.
I hadn’t realised you could put hills under the Cigar Box ones. Worth knowing.
Message received on the mouse pad ones, Dark Star. I would also want a 6 by 4 mat. I’ll certainly check out War Sigil.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/03/07/2020 at 06:42 #139491Alexander Hay-WhittonParticipant
Got a two-sided Tiny Wargames neoprene mat a few months ago – it’s demanding to pack away, but otherwise I’m enchanted with it. I must point out that I use seperate hills of plaster and plywood, however, which I lay on top of the mat.03/07/2020 at 09:03 #139508
Thanks Alexander. I like the two sides idea.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/04/07/2020 at 13:12 #139641Jacob StauttenerParticipant
Personally I am a huge fan of Cigar Box Battle Mats. I like how the fabric folds up and you can put hills under them.
I have a lot of posts about them on my site if you want to see more.
Check out my gaming blog about Indy and Historical Games
https://mustcontainminis.com/04/07/2020 at 15:02 #139651Gone FishingParticipant
I own a Cigar Box mat and am very happy with it – nice quality felt(?) that drapes beautifully. As an aside, I do wish they’d come out with another space mat, one without the heavy nebula effect. It’s surprised me how hard it is to find a more subtle space mat.04/07/2020 at 15:06 #139652
Those do look very nice. New Desert appeals to me.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/04/07/2020 at 15:28 #139653deephorseParticipant
I too have a Cigar Box mat and I’m very happy with it. It’s soft, light in weight, and can be folded for storage without creasing. A bonus for me is that whilst my chosen design was a spring/summer type grassland, the reverse is pure white and perfect for a game set in winter.
Trust science, not the scientists.07/07/2020 at 03:23 #139837Alexander Hay-WhittonParticipant
Thanks Alexander. I like the two sides idea.
Invaluable. Meadow on one side, semi-desert on the other; there I am, sorted out for everything except naval.07/07/2020 at 08:15 #139839MartinRParticipant
I have a couple of the Deepcut Studio ones, nice and thin so you can put hills underneath. The reverse is also white, so with a few blasts of spray paint, it is an instant snow scape.
"Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke25/07/2020 at 11:23 #141095Geek VillainParticipant
Hi, if you are after soft fleece battle mats check us out: http://www.geekvillain.co.uk
We manufacture gaming mats in UK…from start to the very end! No outsourcing, no overseas contractors…that allow us to make beautiful mats with the highest resolution print on the market at reasonable price 🙂 We ship worldwide…free to UK and Europe, £5 to rest of the world…and we have resellers in US to make it cheaper and faster to US customers 🙂 Fleece is the way forward25/07/2020 at 12:21 #141100
I’m liking what I see there. Let me have a mull.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/25/07/2020 at 12:22 #141101gamegonegoodParticipant
I found if you find a furniture upholsterer warehouse you can get meters and meters of big rolls they use to make sofas , PVC leather etc and you can get the color you want and even paint it, the material is floppy and you dont get perminant creases.25/07/2020 at 14:18 #141116Mike HeaddenParticipant
I have a couple of cloth mats from Tiny Wargames ( https://www.tinywargames.co.uk/ ) which I like a lot. They have an extensive range too.
I also have a 2m x 1m offcut of flooring vinyl which is light-to-mid blue and gridded in white hexes which suit both my 1/2400 Armada fleets and 1/1200 classical galley fleets – cost me about six quid!
Growing old is mandatory, growing up is entirely optional!25/07/2020 at 15:32 #141119
Love the vinyl it’s a great idea.
I bought the rocky grass one from Geek Villain above. I’ll report back here.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/08/08/2020 at 12:13 #141918
My mat has arrived from Geek Villain. It came in a zip lock plastic envelope and a box. As you might expect it had been folded to fit. I hung it up and the creases dropped out in about 10 minutes. These are good things.
The design is printed onto the fleece material so no flock falling off. This is also good.
The fleece material is thin, soft and light weight. It will be easy to place hills and what not under it. It also looks robust enough to withstand normal wear and tear. For that matter you could fold it up to produce a smaller playing surface. Easy to store too.
The design itself has a three dimensional effect and it all looks natural enough. More green on one long side more rocks and sand on the other. It will do good service from the Punjab to the Crimea and points in between.
The cost compared well with other merchants and free or fixed postage is a plus too. Timely delivery too as you can see from this thread.
I’m happy with what I got.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/08/08/2020 at 12:16 #141919Geek VillainParticipant
Thank you for your kind feedback. I am glad you like our product 😉 all the best from Geek Villain Team
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