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18 Oct 2017 3:37 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian01 Mar 2017 12:58 p.m. PST

Who makes the best battle mats?

Jozis Tin Man Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2017 1:02 p.m. PST

Cigar Box, by far IMHO. I love them, worth the price.


Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2017 1:22 p.m. PST

Agreed, Cigar Box.

durecell01 Mar 2017 1:39 p.m. PST

Deep Cut Studios.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Mar 2017 2:01 p.m. PST

Homemade … they're always just exactly what I wanted.

raylev301 Mar 2017 2:31 p.m. PST

The Terrain Guy, but he shut down. :-( wish he'd get back in the terrain business. Hint, hint.

BUT…Cigar Box is the best now!!!

Puddinhead Johnson01 Mar 2017 2:36 p.m. PST

Has anyone seen the new "plush" Cigar Box mats? What say you?

Andy Maloney01 Mar 2017 2:48 p.m. PST

The Best will be anyone who does an 8'x5' mat. :)

Who asked this joker01 Mar 2017 2:51 p.m. PST

The Terrain Guy, but he shut down.

I still am kicking myself for not buying more from him. I have a 30X30" mat. Absolutely fantastic. The most durable mat I've seen to date.

Bandolier01 Mar 2017 3:00 p.m. PST

My 2 Terrain Guy mats are looking as good as when I got them 8-9 years ago. One of the best things I've bought for wargaming.

Whether they are the 'best' mats, I couldn't say.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2017 3:11 p.m. PST

Cigar Box by a mile. Although I still like Hotz stuff.

wolvermonkey01 Mar 2017 4:15 p.m. PST

Very happy with my 2 PWORKs mats. Good service and quick shipping too.

Londonplod01 Mar 2017 4:37 p.m. PST

I saw these at Cavalier and ordered the Partisan mat, they are lovely and every bit as good as my Cigar Box mat.

Gone Fishing01 Mar 2017 4:40 p.m. PST

Truthfully I haven't seen any others, but my mat by Cigar Box is absolutely beautiful. A wide selection, excellent service and well worth the price.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2017 4:41 p.m. PST

Terrain Guy's mats were a heavy rubberized fabric – no give or drape.

I happily switched to Cigar Box Battle mats when he shut downs and believe they are superior. They are made from a soft fleece that easily drapes over hills In addition, they are washable.


surdu2005 Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Mar 2017 5:29 p.m. PST

Another vote for Cigar Box.

custosarmorum Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2017 5:41 p.m. PST

+1 for Cigar Box mats… and I too miss The Terrain Guy's products -- I have his terrain tiles and hills which are wonderful!

Private Matter01 Mar 2017 6:54 p.m. PST

I love my Deep Cut Studios mats. They are excellent quality.

Salibaba01 Mar 2017 7:52 p.m. PST

I reviewed a few of the mat companies on my blog:


Gone Fishing01 Mar 2017 8:21 p.m. PST

That's a very comprehensive review, Salibaba. Thank you!

Personal logo Schulein Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2017 10:51 p.m. PST make very nice mats. I like the rubber backing variant. They also do a Chicago way mat.
Cigarbox is a good choice.

womble67 Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2017 2:25 a.m. PST

I would recommend Mat-O-War Wargaming Mat. Hope it helps.

Take care


Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2017 4:07 a.m. PST

A real drawback to Cigar Box is the rendering of tall objects on them walls, hedges and trees.

My preference would be for them to stick to straight ground cover.

Further, some of them look kinda cartoony on their own. I'd actually like to see them revisit some of the art – especially in the fields heavy mats where there's a lot of light splotchy dots all over that don't look all that real.

Like 4Ground they don't always look great just out of the box. If you dress them up though they can form the foundation of a great setup.

Lucius02 Mar 2017 5:00 a.m. PST

Andy Maloney – will do any size mat that you want. I got their ACW river mat printed 8' x 5'. It is terrific.

That said, I love my Cigar Box mats. If they did an 8 5 mat it would be an automatic buy for me. I've got 3, with a plush one on order.

boy wundyr x Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2017 8:29 a.m. PST

How two-sided would the plainer Cigar Box mats be? I'm looking at say the grasslands ones with hexes – would the other side work as a regular mat?

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2017 8:34 p.m. PST

I love the Hotz Mats the Roman Seas mats have nice muted hex grid.

stewart46A04 Mar 2017 12:24 p.m. PST

Excellent mats from great range as well

GrenadierAZ06 Mar 2017 9:48 a.m. PST

I much prefer textured gaming mats to the printed nonsense. And The Terrain Guys' going out of business was a sore blow to me.

Wulfgar07 Mar 2017 8:53 p.m. PST

I'm very happy with my Cigar Box mats. Hope to add a sea mat next.

@Boy Wondyr X They're pretty much one-sided affairs. The reverse side is white.

Personal logo Toy Soldier Green Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2017 7:16 p.m. PST

Those you craft yourself at home.

Crafted Canvas Acrylic Painted Mat.


mcbane0205 Apr 2017 12:47 p.m. PST

For those who said Cigar Box, do they slide around on the table or are they heavy enough that they stay in place once you put them down?

I like the look of several of their mats but I don't want a mat easily slides on the table. Both my homemade fleece mats and my old Citadel battle mat both easily slide on the table and it drives me crazy. Neoprene backed mats stay put but I like the option the Cigar Box mats give over draping the mat over hills.

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