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surdu200507 Aug 2019 6:21 a.m. PST

I am sure this has been discussed before. Idid some searching with various key words, but I guess I was using the wrong search terms.

I am looking for a hex grid battle mat on neoprene or (preferably) cloth that has a sand pattern suitable for gladiator games.

I looked on Wargames Vault for downloadable images and hit the various suppliers of battle maps that I know, but I've come up with nothing.

Any suggestions?


JimDuncanUK07 Aug 2019 6:46 a.m. PST

I use a few sand coloured Heroscape tiles.


surdu200507 Aug 2019 6:55 a.m. PST

That's a cool idea.

I have a gladiator arena already. I was hoping to just set the arena on the hex grid, so I am looking for a cloth of some type, preferably neoprene, felt, or fleece.

Hotz has what I need, but have heard horror stories about getting product from them, so I am hesitant to go down that path.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2019 11:26 a.m. PST

Buck, I've made my own several times over the years. You just need a good hexagon as a template.


wakenney07 Aug 2019 1:52 p.m. PST

How big do you need? I am planning to do the same thing with the Sarrisa coliseum model and the Chessex reversible battlemat. Hex on one side, square on the other. Mat is big enough to fit inside the Sarrisa model.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Aug 2019 2:00 p.m. PST

Monday Knight productions make them

Sigwald08 Aug 2019 5:01 a.m. PST

Deepcuts will add hex pattern to their mats for you:


For DIY here is an easy way to add a hex pattern yourself to a mat. You just need poker chips or other circular disks to use as templates. Paper plates for the one I did:



surdu200508 Aug 2019 5:44 a.m. PST

Sigwald, very cool idea. Thanks for sharing.

Extra Crispy, Thanks for the pointer to Monday Knight Productoins. I have ordered the old Pass of the North figures from them in the past and found them both reliable and fast.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2019 7:56 a.m. PST

wakenney +1

We use a Chessex mat as well.

Legends In Time Skip Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Aug 2019 7:45 a.m. PST

That is very cool. Never would have thought of that.

Cloves09 Aug 2019 7:53 a.m. PST

if you go to you'll find cool clear vinyl mats with grids printed on them. I like this option because you can reuse the grids or hexes for other stuff, depending on what you lay underneath. Need sand? A simple brown or tan colored flat bed sheet and some spray paint would work. Lay the clear vinyl grid over it and Voila! Need jungle? lay the grid over a green bedsheet or table cloth. Ocean? Blue cloth.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2019 1:11 a.m. PST

I originally used a clear vinyl mat but found the glossy appearance too distracting.

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