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Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2017 5:59 p.m. PST

Got my copy of Set 1, and while I still have my old Ogre Deluxe Edition with its mini-sized hex mat, I'd love to have something larger and more durable as a playing surface. Does anyone know of any cloth or other printed Ogre mats, particularly with craters and rubble patterns to mimic the standard game board? A quick search of the mat makers I know of didn't turn up anything.

Making my own is a possibility, though I prefer the path of least resistance. I'm a gamer, not a fabricator (but I'm also frugally minded).

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2017 6:27 p.m. PST

I haven't found any either.

I put in a request to SJG during the Minis #1 Kickstarter, that may or may not ever percolate through into production.

Hotz Mats I'm sure would do it on request and likely just add it to their listings.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2017 6:28 p.m. PST

If you just want a map with large hexes and pre-printed terrain, you might look for old Battle Tech. If you need an exact original Ogre map, you might want to scan one in, then talk to the nice people who print out banners.

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2017 6:34 p.m. PST

I was going to say what robert piepenbrink said. I think you want a plain hex mat. Then you could scan and print out craters et al.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2017 9:37 p.m. PST

Hmmm… the printed banner thing is giving me ideas beyond just a simple recreation of the map. (If it all works as I think it would, I'll let y'all know what they are!)

Thanks, guys!

Anybody have a favorite banner printing source?

EDIT: Of course, the remaining problem here is that I don't have any images suitable for creating the banner I'd want, nor do I have the skills to create the same. Phooey.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2017 5:57 a.m. PST

Parzival, have a little confidence. You can certainly buy or print off hex paper. If you don't have the friends with skills, you may be able to download images--or pay someone to make rubber stamps of terrain symbols. Of find suitable rubber stamps in craft shops.You'll never get your elephants across the alps--or your ogres across the channel--without a little effort or imagination.

DesertScrb23 Nov 2017 7:24 a.m. PST

Get a large-scale hex mat from Corsec or Hotz. For craters, use extra-course sanding discs:


Details at Super Galactic Dreadnought: link

DesertScrb23 Nov 2017 8:43 a.m. PST


Othra the thief23 Nov 2017 9:37 a.m. PST

I am always amazed with the great ideas wargamers come up with for terrain. That sanding disk idea is brilliant for a ‘nuke strike'.

Waco Joe23 Nov 2017 9:54 a.m. PST

Parzival, I have had several mats printed off by Banners on the Cheap, You will want to get on their mailing list and take advantage of their regular sales. In particular wait for a free shipping sometimes with a percent off as well. It is shipping which ups the price quite a bit. Use Google image search to find suitable aerial views of landscapes to download. I use GIMP2 to manipulate the size and superimpose a grid or hex pattern. GIMP does have a learning curve but is not insurmountable. I have some pics of examples I have done: link

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2017 8:20 p.m. PST

It would be a benevolence to the Ogre community if somebody eventually requests Ogre and/of GEV maps from Hotz or Corsec ^,^

Lucius24 Nov 2017 7:47 a.m. PST

Don't forget Cigar Box mats. You can get a hex grid on any of their products.


billthecat25 Nov 2017 5:11 p.m. PST

I assume the 'OGRE miniatures LITE' rules included in the set are designed for hexless play?

I am looking forward to picking up a couple boxes, but do not prefer hexes myself…

Have fun!

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2017 7:37 p.m. PST

Yes, it is for hexless. Simple translation of 1 hex = 2" measured move.

If you poke aobut the SJG website, you can find the rules as a pdf download.

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