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Hellacious Havoc






Hi guys,
As recently wargaming mats are becoming a popular tool to pimp up our tables I decided to write a short sum up of what is available out there and to put all the valid info in one place. Basically take it as independent review/summary of recent developments in this field.
I will try to be systematic and make three basic points on each manufacturer: 1] Company overview 2] Material 3]Designs 4]Pros and Cons 5] Personal experience 6] photos
I will talk about these 4 main manufacturers:
FAT mats, Gamemat.eu, Zuzzy mats and Deep-Cut mats

At the beginning I will divide them into two groups base on core material: A]Rubber based (Gamemat.eu and FAT) and B]Others

A] Rubber based mats (F.A.T. and Gamemat.eu)
These mats have neoprene/rubber backing, which gives them durability, anti-slip effect and they always roll to flat. No dog ears! They feel the most as proper gaming mat out of our portfolio. They are roughly 2-3mm thick. Fairly heavy 3.5-4kg.
Top of mat comes in beautiful print, so they are ready to play immediately after unpacking. After game you can just roll them. Even after months of staying rolled you will be surprised when using them that they come again flat on table.
The printed surface is great as well. It feels very smooth for touch. Models move very nicely on it. Also when you roll dices they actually roll, not slide and there is no awful loud sound of dices hitting the table. They also are not glossy, so even in direct sunlight you keep the mat keeps good looking.

Gamemat.eu, (www.gamemat.eu)
European (Czech Republic) based company producing 4x4’ and 6x4’ rubber mats. They offer total number of 6 designs, which is less but in general their designs come with more originality and detail I would say (small stones, broken floors, leaves etc. are all seen pretty clear in close look). They are still growing and promising to be adding more designs soon. Ideal for EU and UK customers regarding shipment costs. Although bundle shipment to US (2 or 3 mats) comes in decent pricing as well, so it could be option for US based players as well.
Price: 65 EUR / 44 EUR for 6x4’/4x4’, now runnig -10% discount on 4x4’ pre-orders
Pros: Material, Designs (if you like more detailed and original), anti slip, waterproof
Cons: higher price and shipment




F.A.T. Gaming mats, http://www.frontlinegaming.org/
US based company producing really impressive range of 4x4’ and 6x4’ rubber mats. 10+designs. Designs IMHO are made in more general way focusing on consistent look, with less details in mind. Ideal for US based clients as shipment gets a bit heavy to Europe. Although they are trying to work out some solutions.
Price: 85$ / 65$ for 6x4’/4x4’
Pros: Material, Designs (if you like more general terrain), anti-slip, waterproof
Cons: higher price and shipment



B] Other materials (Deepcut, Zuzzy)

Deep Cut (http://www.deepcutstudio.com/)
These mats are printed on PVC. It is kind of material photographers use for their backgrounds on photo sessions. Although looking cool on pictures in reality these feel much more just like printed poster. There is not the actual feel of proper mat as compared to rubber mats above. They are very thin. However they come in good range of designs and sizes (6x4’, 4x4’, 3x3’ etc} which look really good and cover most game systems. Also worth adding print is rather glossy and reflects light a bit too much. Also the bottom is same material so it’s a bit slippery.
Price: 39.9 GBP / 31.9 GBP/ 22.9 GBP for 6x4’/4x4’/3x3’
Pros: lower price, cheaper shipment (much lighter weight as its thin)
Cons: material, dog ears, glossy reflections, not anti slip. Appaling customer service.



Zuzzy (http://www.zuzzy.com/)
These mats are for those who would like to spend some more time and enjoy working and painting on their mats. They come unassembled and unpainted. Although they are only one which have some structure on them which adds to plastic feel. Final look pretty much depends on how skilled (or not) you are . Also shipment is between 6-10 weeks, so pretty long waiting time.
Price: 52$ / 38$ for 6x4’/4x4’
Pros: variability, structured, must be assembled and painted(those who like to enjoy hobby more)
Cons: must be assembled and painted (for those who would like just to roll out of box and play), shipment time

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How about these:
http://terrainmat.com/ &
http://www.hotzmats.com/felt_purchase_mat.html

I think the first one has some very nice mats & you can get themed scenery including roads & rivers too but they are quite pricey:
6' x 4' mat only = around £70 (prices vary depending on theme).
They do have a great range of sizes - 3x5, 4x4, 4x6, 5x7, 6x8, 6x10 & 6x12 plus more for others depending on theme) & the themes can be customised for scale (6-10mm, 15-20mm & 25-30mm).
Some themes have quite a few options especially the coastal one.
Have not seen them myself but these are the ones I'm really seriousl thinking about.

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You use unassembled with zuzzy mats. What do you mean? I thought they were just one big mat.
   
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 bubber wrote:
How about these:
http://terrainmat.com/ &
http://www.hotzmats.com/felt_purchase_mat.html

I think the first one has some very nice mats & you can get themed scenery including roads & rivers too but they are quite pricey:
6' x 4' mat only = around £70 (prices vary depending on theme).
They do have a great range of sizes - 3x5, 4x4, 4x6, 5x7, 6x8, 6x10 & 6x12 plus more for others depending on theme) & the themes can be customised for scale (6-10mm, 15-20mm & 25-30mm).
Some themes have quite a few options especially the coastal one.
Have not seen them myself but these are the ones I'm really seriousl thinking about.


Hot Matz are with Hexes?

   
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matous1983 wrote:
 bubber wrote:
How about these:
http://terrainmat.com/ &
http://www.hotzmats.com/felt_purchase_mat.html

I think the first one has some very nice mats & you can get themed scenery including roads & rivers too but they are quite pricey:
6' x 4' mat only = around £70 (prices vary depending on theme).
They do have a great range of sizes - 3x5, 4x4, 4x6, 5x7, 6x8, 6x10 & 6x12 plus more for others depending on theme) & the themes can be customised for scale (6-10mm, 15-20mm & 25-30mm).
Some themes have quite a few options especially the coastal one.
Have not seen them myself but these are the ones I'm really seriousl thinking about.


Hot Matz are with Hexes?


You can order them without the hexes.
   
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Regular Dakkanaut






bit tricky timewise I guess "Important notice : Due to very high demand orders are now 7 weeks behind

This means that the production of your order will take at least 7 weeks ,from the date of placing the orde"
also zuzzy is taking some 8-10weeks usually I heard

   
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Moore, Ok.

Thanks for posting this!
I'm trying to find a "space station" mat for x-wing. I've heard so-so reviews of the Gale Force 9 mat. But I also not aware of any other makers. Anybody know of any others worth a look?

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Great thread Lutharr, may I also suggest that people add reviews for vinyl/neoprene printing services whereby people can design their own mats at, often, cheaper prices.

Personally I went with http://www.bagsoflove.co.uk/neoprene.aspx for a 3 foot by 3 foot neoprene mat for Malifaux. Great product, delivered in 2 days. The sad thing is they do not go much larger than 3 by 3 so larger wargames are not suitable on them, yet.

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 alarmingrick wrote:
Thanks for posting this!
I'm trying to find a "space station" mat for x-wing. I've heard so-so reviews of the Gale Force 9 mat. But I also not aware of any other makers. Anybody know of any others worth a look?


Gamemat's tricity could work. http://www.gamemat.eu/4x4-g-mats/4x4-g-mat-tricity-10-discount-in-pre-order!.html

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Moore, Ok.

 lord_blackfang wrote:
 alarmingrick wrote:
Thanks for posting this!
I'm trying to find a "space station" mat for x-wing. I've heard so-so reviews of the Gale Force 9 mat. But I also not aware of any other makers. Anybody know of any others worth a look?


Gamemat's tricity could work. http://www.gamemat.eu/4x4-g-mats/4x4-g-mat-tricity-10-discount-in-pre-order!.html


You know I actually like that, alot. But at $52 USD before shipping, ouch.
It is 4x4 though.

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Well, 3x3 gets a bit cramped above 150 pts. I agree on the price but it will be very functional and will stop models from sliding around at the slightest bump. I have the Deadzone mat which is also mostly gray panels but it has some 28mm scale detailing that doesn't really work visually for Xwing.

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 Thraxas Of Turai wrote:
Great thread Lutharr, may I also suggest that people add reviews for vinyl/neoprene printing services whereby people can design their own mats at, often, cheaper prices.

Personally I went with http://www.bagsoflove.co.uk/neoprene.aspx for a 3 foot by 3 foot neoprene mat for Malifaux. Great product, delivered in 2 days. The sad thing is they do not go much larger than 3 by 3 so larger wargames are not suitable on them, yet.


How much costed that 3x3 piece custom print? They say from 29GBP. thats not too cheap as well.



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 Thraxas Of Turai wrote:
Great thread Lutharr, may I also suggest that people add reviews for vinyl/neoprene printing services whereby people can design their own mats at, often, cheaper prices.

Personally I went with http://www.bagsoflove.co.uk/neoprene.aspx for a 3 foot by 3 foot neoprene mat for Malifaux. Great product, delivered in 2 days. The sad thing is they do not go much larger than 3 by 3 so larger wargames are not suitable on them, yet.


hey their max 122x95 cm costs 56.79 GBP thats way too expensive!!
gamemats 4x4' for 31GBP is sure deal for me then!




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forgot to add shipment but still good

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Hellacious Havoc






Shipping costs for say GAMEMAT do seem to be the bugbear of many. But thats not really their fault, thats their postal service.
   
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You beat me to this, Lutharr! Thanks for posting this thorough comparison . I have one each from Zuzzy, Frontline, and Deep Cut, and I think your points are spot on.

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your welcome sir
   
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quick bump to show their latest addition to their line.
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Mini-necro: For the Gamemat:EU mat, is the non slip for the back or is the topside a little textured to keep figures from moving around. I'm looking for something for D&D attack wing and keeping figures in place is a concern. I've seen Gripmats, but I just don't like the artwork.

Thanks.
   
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Regular Dakkanaut






anti slip is bottom, which lies on table.
Top is fabric alike

   
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Regular Dakkanaut






For all Infinity fans we had nice review on Data-Sphere. Author Errhile makes some cool test of our mat as extreme folding, cleaning spills or using high temperature. Really nicely written!
http://www.data-sphere.net/gamemats-eu-gaming-mat-review/

   
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Id be very wary of ordering from Hotz. They have a bit of a rep for looooooong production times, poor communication and even missing entire orders

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Pete Melvin wrote:
Id be very wary of ordering from Hotz. They have a bit of a rep for looooooong production times, poor communication and even missing entire orders


Hotz mats are fine - I have ordered two or three mats from them. I think you might be getting confused with Zuzzy - there are numerous reports of extremely long wait times with them and little or no comms.

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 filbert wrote:
I think you might be getting confused with Zuzzy - there are numerous reports of extremely long wait times with them and little or no comms.
This is sadly true. I've got an order in but if I see it before Christmas, I'll be surprised. I'm not worried either. I've backed enough miniatures/terrain kickstarters that I've become numb to long wait times.

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Reading's for morons who can't understand pictures.

 
   
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I have "URBAN COMBAT 1" from FAT MATS and I love it. Works for DzC too.
   
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 filbert wrote:
Pete Melvin wrote:
Id be very wary of ordering from Hotz. They have a bit of a rep for looooooong production times, poor communication and even missing entire orders


Hotz mats are fine - I have ordered two or three mats from them. I think you might be getting confused with Zuzzy - there are numerous reports of extremely long wait times with them and little or no comms.


I assure you, I am not confused:

http://theminiaturespage.com/boards/msg.mv?id=350974
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"13 months and counting now on some felt roads, and he didn't respond to my request for a refund."

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Regular Dakkanaut






lets go for http://www.gamemat.eu/6x4-g-mats.html

   
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Video review!



   
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Hellacious Havoc






 Thraxas Of Turai wrote:
Great thread Lutharr, may I also suggest that people add reviews for vinyl/neoprene printing services whereby people can design their own mats at, often, cheaper prices.

Personally I went with http://www.bagsoflove.co.uk/neoprene.aspx for a 3 foot by 3 foot neoprene mat for Malifaux. Great product, delivered in 2 days. The sad thing is they do not go much larger than 3 by 3 so larger wargames are not suitable on them, yet.


I know I am late, but where did you get the custom image to print your own mat from?

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Sweden

I was checking prices today. Compared it to Frontline, even though Frontlines mats are cheaper they charge insanely much for shipping compared to Gamemat.. So even though Gamemat mats may seem expensive at first their cheap shipping actually means they are cheaper.

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Mousepad mat ordered from Deep Cut Studio today.
I'll post pictures of it, hope it will not be blue

 
   
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Anyone tried the Frontline maps? I've been thinking about getting their 3x3 western waste map. Looks pretty perfect for Blackwater Gulch

If I keep it rolled up all year long and only unravel it for con demos, will it be a real pain to get it to lay flat?

   
 
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