Deep-Cut Studio and PWork Wargame joined forces to produce a new line of miniature games mats

By Polar_Bear
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Jan 29th, 2014
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Deep-Cut Studio and PWork Wargame are joining forces to defeat the evil “playing on a boring gaming surface” with the creation of new battle mats.

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From the announcement:

Deep-Cut Studio and PWork Wargame joined forces to produce a new line of miniature games mats. PWork range of paper print-and-cut battleboards for miniature games will now be available as ready for action PVC mats, manufactured by Deep-Cut Studio. The mats come as 4’x6’ size (120x180cm) high quality prints on premium class PVC. We start with two exciting releases – city ruins and badlads, with more soon to come. The mats are available on PWork website as well as Deep-Cut Studio webshop.

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  • 4tonmantis

    When they say PVC, what material are they talking about? All I can think of is rigid plastic like the pipes..

    • 4tonmantis

      Also.. Didn’t Deep Cut used to make wooden terrain?

    • KMANT

      The material is like those wipe clean tablecloths you get in cheap cafe’s 🙂

      Best photo I’ve got showing mine is:

      https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t31/1531825_725066750859121_1561057783_o.jpg

      It’s only a couple of mm thick but you’d struggle to tear it unless you put a cut in the edge. They move like a blanket, so there’s no rigidity to them and they have to be supported.

      I still haven’t managed to get the creases out of mine despite it laying flat with lots of heavy books on for several weeks. Someone has suggested a towel soaked in warm water and then placed on it, but I haven’t tried that yet.

      • 4tonmantis

        Oh, kinda like some of the larger banners for sports events and stuff?

        Try laying it out flat in the sun.. It’s what I do for chair mats.. not the same material but it gets the wrinkles out of those..

        • KMANT

          Yep, that banner material is pretty much bang on the same.

          Good thinking on the sun idea too, thanks.

          Just need it to stop raining in the UK now for a day or 2 to give it a go now 🙂

  • I noticed Paolo Bertoncini actually STOLE some of the art I made for my industrial board (http://www.toposolitario.com/workshop/tableros.html) on the “City Ruins Theme”. You can clearly notice the road-marks and the badly cut metal grate.
    It is far from nice to see some using my stuff, ignoring Creative Commons license, not telling the original author about it and making money for it…
    DEEP-CUT STUDIO?, if you paid the artist, make sure he is not using copyrighted material. I’m somehow pissed off (even if I offer mine for free) but it could end on legal problems with others.
    Very bad praxis there… 🙁

    • blackfang

      If it makes you feel any better, illegal copies of these mats have been available from a Russian eBay seller for months, so anyone wanting a PWork mat likely already has one by now.

      • No, it doesn’t… 🙁
        It is not nice to make some work and have people making profit from it without even asking for permission. What the Russian seller did is by far worst.

  • A few comments from our side:

    First of all a very big thank you to TOPO for escalating this;
    Our contract with PWork states, that all of the art they use are rightfully theirs;
    We will investigate this issue and if TOPO comments prove to be true, we will take appropriate actions;
    Our position is that we always use material to which we have a written permission from the authors for our products. We will make sure that in this case it stays that way.

    We will also put a hold on the sales of City Ruins mat our our website until further notice.

    • PWork emailed me on private about this issue… They stated that textures where not taken from my works but from another site that were using my works… I’m attaching a sample on FB where you can look for diferences, it is only a sample but the rest of the roads have parts copy/pasted from my industrial sci-fi mat. (Here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.745706538774900.1073741836.289577774387781&type=1)
      Anyway… I offer my works for free… I’m not happy with such mistakes but still I understand and want to believe that it was not done on purpose. So you don’t have to discontinue/change the “ruined city map”, you already have the promo, photos, release and probably some sellings of it… so, I really don’t want to harm anyone’s bussiness. 🙂

      • May I suggest you demand payment.

        • BaconSlayer

          Or at least contact KS about a pending legal action.

      • 4tonmantis

        At the very least you should be mentioned. As a fellow artist I cannot stress enough how important being credited on published works is.

  • Justacomment

    A new line? As in different pictures? Once again just more of the same. I have seen these types of mats and yes they look like sports banners. I was hoping they had something better..

  • EldarVeteran

    Just to point out that my mat (the Badlands) arrived rolled in a tube, so there are no creases in it to start with – if you don’t mind carrying a small diameter 4′ tube then it should stay that way. I’ve used various of the PWork pdf files to make boards for my local games club use.

    Thank you also to TOPO – I’ve printed out your terrain in the past and made a great looking 4 x 4’baseboard. Would love some transitions tiles to an urban area – can’t really duplicate the pattern a third time to make a 6′ x 4′ board.

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