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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian06 Feb 2017 9:41 p.m. PST

For those of you in the USA, I'm wondering where you are purchasing battle mats with a square grid? (For games such as To the Strongest!, many of the Peter Pig rulesets, etc.)

advocate07 Feb 2017 12:08 a.m. PST

Not a direct answer, but when playing with grids of 6" square or greater, I just mark the intersections: no special mat required.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2017 5:39 a.m. PST

For To the Strongest we buy ours direct from Simon Miller:

Price is reasonable and the service is outstanding.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Feb 2017 6:35 a.m. PST

I make my own. I did a 4x6 mat with 4" squares in about 20 minutes. Used a Monday Knight flocked mat that I had kicking around.

coopman Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2017 7:30 a.m. PST

Hotz Mats makes a 4' x 4' mat with crosses at the corners of the 6" squares. The mat is specifically for Peter Pig's "PBI" rules set, but it will work for anything that needs a square grid really. If you can find some material at a fabric store, a DIY mat like this is very easy to make.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2017 7:53 a.m. PST

You can also get them from Cigar Box Battle Mats:


Personal logo Dale Hurtt Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2017 10:35 a.m. PST

Cigar Box initially had one mat that was a 6" subdued grid, which was branded for the rules Tin Soldiers in Action. After obtaining that mat I wrote Cigar Box multiple times and posted on several forums about getting the grid on other mats. I then heard a 'rumor' that they were adding square grids to two other mats (Desert and Tundra). I checked their website and sure enough, they had added the option. In checking it out, I accidentally clicked on another mat and found it also had the option, so I inventoried their whole line. Here are the grid options for their mats.

All of the mats listed, and the Desert and Tundra mats, have 1", 2", 3" and 4" hex grid options: Space Frontiers, the three River mats, Crossroads, Frozen Ruins, Red Planet, Winter Scrubland, Scrubland, La Haye Sainte, Five Points, Waterloo, Beachhead, Europe 2, Europe Just Fields, Tropical Battles, Winter, Wooded, Europe, Muddy Barren and The Mud and the Blood.

These last two, Muddy Barren and The Mud and the Blood, are surprising for not having a square grid given that they are WWI-themed mats and "Square Bashing" by Peter Pig are popular, at least amongst grid-based gamers.

The following mats have the hex options listed above and an option for a 50mm square grid: Caribbean Waters and Ocean Gaming.

The Ocean Gaming mat has the hex options listed above and an option for either a 50mm or 6" square grid.

The Grasslands mat has the hex options listed above and an option for a 6" square grid as a specially branded TSIA item.

Finally, the Mixed Ground mat has the hex options listed above and options for a 4" or 6" square grid.

From what I can tell, none of the 3' square mats have any grid options nor the specialty battle maps (save Waterloo and La Haye Sainte).

So, lots of hex grid options out there from Cigar Box mats, and an increasing number for a square grid.

I originally posted this on the Facebook page Grid-Based Games with Miniatures. link

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Feb 2017 12:04 p.m. PST

I usually mark the corners with a big marker pen!
Works for PBI, ROF, MCB, BAIT, C& K etc !

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