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martin goddard

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It's game night- what mat to use
« on: April 13, 2017, 09:36:27 AM »
OK, so it is game night. Just a normal night in a normal suburban street. No one would have expected.....
Do you get out the scenery tiles?
Do you get out the pre printed mat?
Do you get out the "i made this" mat?
Do you have a pre-painted games tabel (can you even spell tabell?)?
Do you have something special (table wise) that you get out on a normal games night.

Comments om the future of table coverings??  including hopes, dreams and fears.

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Re: It's game night- what mat to use
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2017, 01:27:21 PM »
I almost exclusively use Deep Cut preprinted cloths or my own fleece cloth.

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Re: It's game night- what mat to use
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2017, 05:59:11 PM »
I have a variety of mats from tiny wargames and most of the ranges from Peter Pig so spoilt for choice and tend to go with the flow

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Re: It's game night- what mat to use
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2017, 09:18:24 PM »
I think bulky terrain tiles like TSS are a thing of the past now. They damage easily when transported and when the table is nudged creates gaps. The new trend of printed mats seems to be taking over. I do try and make my own too just using green cloth and paint. My Somme mat worked out ok.

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Re: It's game night- what mat to use
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2017, 08:12:40 AM »
I now use the old terrain tiles under my fleece. I can then use terrain coloured map pins to create different sizes of grids, e.g. Real Time FPW rules use 10" squares (although I prefer 8"). To the Strongest have various grid sizes depending on figures scale/base sizes used. Obviously this is not as quick as throwing down a preprinted mat, but I only use this at home giving me time to set up and leave up.

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Re: It's game night- what mat to use
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2017, 12:13:53 AM »
I must admit I use the GW Mat that they brought out about five years ago. 

Absolutely fantastic looking, though I sprayed mine a bit to make it look even better.  It never sheds, is washable and I wish I'd bought a second.  They're now unavailable.

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Re: It's game night- what mat to use
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2017, 08:06:28 AM »
Yes they were good, I had a few and cut some of them up to different sizes. Sold most of them at Fisticuffs last year. Now I use the printed mats from tiny wargames.

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Re: It's game night- what mat to use
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2017, 08:40:57 AM »
I still have a GW mat down the club which I use in preference to the carpeting on the tables, which is too dark a green for my taste.

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Re: It's game night- what mat to use
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2017, 02:38:10 PM »
The GW mat was a great step forward, still use mine, always looks good regardless of how badly its been treated.

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Re: It's game night- what mat to use
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2017, 02:48:48 PM »
I was always surprised, given its excellent quality, that GW never made it a permanent part of their stock.

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Re: It's game night- what mat to use
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2017, 05:07:27 PM »
Me too. 

I think generally accepted as one of the best gaming mats ever available.....once....but no longer.  Definitely should have kept it in production.

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Re: It's game night- what mat to use
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2017, 09:59:53 PM »
I have a couple of those GW mats.  Excellent product.  Do you remember their desert mat?

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Re: It's game night- what mat to use
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2017, 12:07:35 PM »
Never saw that one.  :-[

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Re: It's game night- what mat to use
« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2017, 10:49:28 PM »
I have just received my "Grass" mat from Tiny Wargames: should be good for both Square Bashing and Vietnam. This is a nice little piece:  folds up well and then lies flat without any noticeable creases.

There had been some manufacturing and dispatch issues over something of an extended period. The chaps at Tiny Wargames were very decent about this, as a result of which I am now also the proud owner of an Arid mat too: should work well for both SCW and Western.

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Re: It's game night- what mat to use
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2017, 08:18:09 AM »
Yes their mats have a lot of potential.  I have 3 which are excellent. They do need to sort out their measuring. I have had mats where the 6" squares weren't and the mat did not reach the 5 foot and 3 foot measurements. Maybe they could do an announcement about how they have improved what is basically an excellent product.