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captaincold6903 Feb 2018 5:18 p.m. PST

I'm wanting to play Chain of Command in 6mm but I do NOT like the making of or setting up/taking down terrain.

Are there battle mats that would work? What about small modular pieces that can make random maps?

I appreciate any ideas or suggestions!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2018 6:09 p.m. PST

I don't think I've run into any source of geomorphic maps which aren't hex-based. My first thought would be to pick up a few old ASL boards and convert rule distances into hexes for ranges and movement.

Depends on how firmly you're opposed to terrain, of course. A quick paint job on felt or canvas would be cheaper than those boards. Or, if you used hex boards, you might find that a few cheap microscale trees and Monopoly houses placed on the appropriate hexes would set up quickly and improve the appearance.

How big a board do you plan to use?

captaincold6903 Feb 2018 6:31 p.m. PST

3'x 3'

captaincold6903 Feb 2018 6:32 p.m. PST

Maybe I can find some makeshift terrain. It doesn't have to be pretty, just functional.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Feb 2018 6:48 p.m. PST

If you're playing in 6mm I'd go the ASL boards route.

Twoball Cane04 Feb 2018 8:02 a.m. PST

Cigar box battlemats… great product and has custom pieces. They are made of highly durable, washable, fleece…minis wing get scratched when the drop…. love them.

captaincold6904 Feb 2018 8:29 a.m. PST

I agree, those Cigar box mats are stunning, but you're stuck with the same terrain over and over again.

Redblack04 Feb 2018 1:13 p.m. PST

Cigar Box has individual mats suitable for 6mm as well as make your own terrain and DBA/DBMM Mats with individual terrain pieces you cut out and place where you want




captaincold6904 Feb 2018 2:01 p.m. PST

Redblack….thanks that might do the trick

stephen m09 Feb 2018 2:17 p.m. PST

As an alternative I made a drop cloth sheet years ago. I bought a dark green cloth from the fabric store. One that wrinkled little when stuff was placed under it. I sprayed random blotches of grey, khaki, brown, red, etc. paint over it. RAFM made iron on hexes which are not very hard to apply well. They made 1", 2" and 3" across flats sizes in black and white. They still have stock of the 2" (both colours and 3" white. As for terrain you could go with felt for different effects, or make more permanent stuff as you have seen on other sites. In my case I used white hexes on one side of the sheet and black on the other side. The white stands out well if you need to keep tabs on yourself or your opponents' moves while the black nearly blends in. I know the 2" has centre dots on the hexes so if that is part of the rules you use then there they are.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member20 Mar 2018 6:56 a.m. PST


Or, if you want to make your own sectional pieces to accessorize your main mat, use acrylic caulking spread out over canvas:

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I like that you can even mix in paint with the caulking before applying it to your canvas material.

After applying to a large piece of canvas, allow it to dry and then cut as needed.


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