Monday, January 13, 2014

Battle mat score!

I made what I think is a huge score today while doing my weekly shopping at Costco. I was going on a different route through the store because I wanted to pick up another 4' x 2' table for gaming. I haven't mentioned it before but I have a plan to buy these plastic tables to be able to easily set up and take down a 6' x 4' table, so i just need one more. They seem to be more manageable, and make discrete wargame size tables easier than the 6' banquet tables.

But that is not the find. As I was walking down this aisle i saw these "Clean Green" Indoor/Outdoor Area Rugs. They are 6' x 9', apparently made from recycled plastic bottles and come in Green, Tan and Gray. It had no price but I figured I'd take it up and see how much it was. Imagine my surprise when it was $19.99.

Spear and Door for size reference.
I also saw this book on the Whiskey Rebellion at our local public library and thought that I'd give it a read. I was completely ignorant of this conflict and thought it might be a fun scenario for some 18th century gaming.


Apparently I would know all about this if I watched the series Moonshiners. George Washington raised around 13,000 troops to stop the rebellion. Who knew.

I wish I could say I had more to show of my painting, but with a football game and party for my son, as well as watching the NFL playoffs this weekend I got the bare minimum done.

In a future post I'll try to show how I'm going to pull myself out of the doldrums and get back on top of my schedule.

22 comments:

  1. That battle mat looks to be a great score. I wonder if anyone carries them in this country. Not that I need one really, you understand. I have 3 large blankets... :-)

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    1. Thanks AP. It was too good a deal to pass up. I can cut 2 whole mats out and still have a bit left over.

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  2. Battle mat looks like our puzzle mat only much bigger ;) Nice one, looking forward when you have it in use for the first time.

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    1. Hi Paradox0n. I just need to figure out how to cut it to size efficiently. It is only about 1/4" thick.

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    1. Hi Michael, I'm glad I was brave enough to face certain ridicule, or at least eye rolling, from SWMBO.

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  4. The mat is certainly a good price. I can't tell much about its texture, but it really is GREEN, isn't it?

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    1. Hi Hugh. The price is right for sure. It is billiard table green but I'm going to try and paint it. The texture is like a coarse felt. I'll try to show some more pictures to give you a better idea.

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  5. Its definitely green but I think a little work with an airbrush or a can of spray paint and you can tone that down quite nicely. Nice find, I might have to wander through Costco this week.

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    1. Hi Kris, that's what I was thinking. I think I have an old pressurized garden sprayer, I think Dux H used something like that to spray his terrain boards. I just need to review the technique.

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  6. Never heard of The Whiskey Rebellion??? Great looking mat though and so cheap too!!

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    1. Hi Ray, me neither. There were some tar and featherings, the militia was raised and marched out. Not much came of it all.

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  7. Good finding for your battle mat. I will never have enough space at home for such a huge mat, but I'd love to have that price down here for a smaller one.

    Also, it came to me, here are some minis in 1/72 fantasy:
    http://www.alwaysmodel.com/20140114/20140114.htm
    Alliance 1/72 :
    ALL72011 - Light Warriors of the Dead - US$9.95
    ALL72012 - Heavy Warriors of the Dead - US$9.95
    ALL72013 - Light Warriors of the Dead Cavalry - US$9.95
    ALL72014 - Heavy Warriors of the Dead Cavalry - US$9.95

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    1. Hi Cedric. The mat is huge, it really is a carpet, so I will definitely cut it up to use it. Thanks for the link on the undead figures. I've seen always model, but haven't ordered from them before. What I don't understand about the site is there stock designation is x out of stock?

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    2. I ordered from them for my 1/72 collection of WW2 armies. The company is reliable, based in Taiwan and easy to email directly.
      always.model@m2k.com.tw

      He is very helpful, as to limit the shipping, we worked the best way to reduce size and weight without affecting the integrity of the plastic minis. Good for a try

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    3. Sounds good Cedric. I'll probably give him a try. When I do I'll mention your name.

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  8. I am always buying stuff that is never suitable as a battle mat - IKEA, stores, fabric shops etc. I finally bit the bullet and go some railway terrain grass mats. But if I see something like the mat you got, I would buy it anyway - it would cover an entire table tennis table!

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    1. Hi Shaun, guilty as charged. I too have bought a few doormats and off cuts for gaming that haven't seen the light of day. Probably why my wife rolled her eyes when she saw the carpet in the corner.

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    1. Thanks Rodger, I think so. Hope to have it out in a battle report soon.

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