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Sturmdivision05 Apr 2021 7:22 a.m. PST

Anyone recognize what mat this is and who makes it? It doesn't appear to be homemade, rather a commercial product.


I tried joining the Lead Adventure Forum in order to contact Phil Portway directly but this has been unsuccessful. I don't know why.

Fitzovich05 Apr 2021 9:12 a.m. PST

It appears to be homemade using tiles for celling lighting fixtures. Had the same problem with LAF, tried twice and gave up. Don't really like the format anyway.

Sturmdivision05 Apr 2021 9:54 a.m. PST

But what about the fold running down the middle? This suggested a mat to me that's not lying completely flat. If they were tiles, where would that unsightly hump come from? You can see some ships are "cresting" it, like surfboards.

Also, what is LAF?

advocate05 Apr 2021 10:01 a.m. PST

It's a mat on a pair of tables, each of which have a lip. Hence the hump.

Grelber05 Apr 2021 10:11 a.m. PST

LAF = Lead Adventure Forum


Tortorella Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2021 10:17 a.m. PST

I got my mat from Tinywargames after being inspired by Jim Duncan of Jim's Wargames Blog. He posts here as Boggler, check out his last post on some rules a few days ago. His link there will show you the mat.

Tinywargames mats are high quality, a variety of shades available, great to deal with, shipping from UK to here in the US during the pandemic was good. There are moderately expensive, but I think they are worth it. Looks like the sea to me!

As for Lead Adventure Forum, unless you are into 28mm figures, there is not much adventure. A rare naval post, and the poster had to put it under Big Battalions because he did not know where to post. That happened to me and the administrator was blase about the whole thing. Its great for 28mm though.

Tortorella Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2021 10:21 a.m. PST

Phil Portway sounds like he might be the Phil on Phil's Wargaming Stuff, a blog you can Google.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2021 11:06 a.m. PST

I just sent a PM to Phil on LAF and gave him this TMP thread link. Maybe he'll make a post here to answer your question.


Sturmdivision05 Apr 2021 11:08 a.m. PST

Thanks all for responding. I totally blanked on what LAF stood for. Doh! Rather embarrassing! I too tried twice to join that forum and received no response. Unfortunate. But at least I can still read the posts of those who are on it already.

I will look into Tinywargames mats. I had heard the name mentioned somewhere but never explored it further. I rather like the look of that sea mat for ironclads battles.

Tgerritsen Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2021 1:17 p.m. PST

I have a Cigarbox Mat for naval use that is really good. It's more of a felt like cloth, though.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2021 1:49 p.m. PST

This is the response I got from Phil:

It was one of our club mats and all the guys are unsure where it came from. It is a vinyl one if it helps. If I find out in the meantime, I will let you know!


Personal logo McKinstry Supporting Member of TMP Fezian05 Apr 2021 4:23 p.m. PST

I may be simply forgetful but at one time, I think Tomo the Lost was doing sea boards that looked roughly like that used a blue "hammered metal paint" or something similar. It was a paint on boards rather than a mat.

boggler06 Apr 2021 1:32 a.m. PST

Incidentally I'm not Jim Duncan (that's a different Jim)…

Tortorella Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2021 8:42 a.m. PST

Apologies, boggler!! My mistake.

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