Deep-Cut Studio introduces a whole new product – wargames terrain mats

By Polar_Bear
In News
Sep 6th, 2012

Deep-Cut Studio unveils a new product available from them: wargames terrain mats.

From the announcement:

Being various wargames enthusiasts ourselves, we were wondering – what is the best solution for fast paced action when we are talking about terrain? What scenery should we use when we are playing a battle outside our hobby shop? How to transport all that stuff? Shoe boxes for houses and books for hills are always welcome, but we came up with something much better. A wargames terrain mat.

We decided to make something that fits in a simple shopping bag – a foldable battlefield. A mat is made from high durability PVC, which is resistant to scratch and tear as well as various food stains. You can even make notes on it with water based pen and clean it with a piece of cloth later. PVC does not ‘remember’ its folding lines. Once out of the package, let it lay for a while and it becomes smooth again.

Then we met a talented artist Tom Fayen to help us with our vision. All the details are hand drawn and then used to generate a final picture. You can find exceptional attention to details as well as unique touch of an artist in every inch of the mat. The picture itself can serve as an excellent background for the usual scenery elements, such as buildings, hills, trees or other impassable or rough terrain objects. Or it can be used as a stand-alone background for a game. All you have to do is agree which elements are obstacles, and which otherwise affect your game.

The very first release represents an old battle in the swamp. Only ruins and foul stench is found here now. And some say that fallen warriors have risen to fight another battle once again in this god forsaken place…

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  • 4tonmantis

    Nice.. I was asking about something like this a while back.. Glad to see someone bringing something like this to market. It seems like that would work out to about $55 USD which is pretty darn respectable for a 4×6 mat.
    I’m trying to figure out if the features are simply painted on or if it is in fact also elevated (like vacuum form or whatever).

    • Nightbee

      It certainly sounds like they’re just printed onto the surface. They use the word “picture” several times.

  • Cherno

    I think the art quality could be impoved: It looks pretty cluttered, and the bright colours make things hard to recognize. I’d like to see more subdued colors and a little less of the tree stumps, trees, small plants, big plants, wood shards…

  • Gailbraithe

    Zuzzy does it better. 3D relief texture, and lots of it, plus it comes unpainted so you’re not wedded to a color scheme. This just looks like one of the lower quality knock-offs of Paizo’s BattleMats with the grid removed.

  • Duncan_McFarlane

    It’s not a bad idea but have to agree with Cherno that the quality of the artwork isn’t great and the colours are too bright

  • Klaetch

    Sorry, have I missed something? This is a “whole new product”?

    It kinda looks like a wargames mat. Like the one I own. And have for decades.