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How do you like MAS modular mats

Discussion in 'Scenery' started by PalmerC, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. PalmerC

    PalmerC New Member

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    I am building out my infinity terrain and eyeing options for mats. I like the mousepad mats but have never owned a modular mat like Micro Art Studio makes. Just curious for those that own these types of mats that you put together think of them after using them. I like the variety you can make with them but curious about the divided areas or seams on the board and if this gets in the way or is visually unappealing when playing. I know micro art offers standard mats as well so just interested in everyone’s feedback,
     
  2. Vanderbane

    Vanderbane Well-Known Member

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    I have not played on the MAS modular mat, but hear good things about it in terms of quality. What I will say is that any mat like this with set tile sizes does make zone determination easier. This can matter for some missions when scoring depends on zone. Same goes for range estimation. I tend to prefer to not have that kind of game aid built into the matter, but some people see it as a bonus.
     
  3. Cry of the Wind

    Cry of the Wind Well-Known Member

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    Amazing quality but I found they were shifted too easily to be worth the trouble. Even for mobile gaming they are not more convenient than normal mats that you just roll up and sling over your back. Local store got one to let us test to see if worth ordering more but as far as I am aware they didn't get more after our lackluster response.
     
  4. Section9

    Section9 Well-Known Member

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    I don't have the MAS modular mats, but I do have a set of modular mats for jungle River Warfare. You need to tape them together or you have a 'terrain adjustment phase' every so often...
     
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    ijw Wargaming Trader, Freelance Editor
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    They're a bit fiddly to get all the roads lined up when laying them out, but they're good quality. I've never had issues with them moving, though, due to being mousemat material and rubbery underneath. @Cry of the Wind @Section9 what kind of surface were they on?
     
  6. Ben Kenobi

    Ben Kenobi Well-Known Member

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    What I don't like on them is, that they seem to have different colours depending on the direction of the fibers(?) and the direction of the light.
    Have seen them by a player of our community.
    Otherwise they are great
     
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    Section9 Well-Known Member

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    The FoW Riverine mats are vinyl, and they were on a carpeted sheet of plywood. So I tape the sections together and then put a couple loops of tape to hold the mat to the table.
     
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  8. ijw

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    Ah! Yes, that would be very different from the MAS tiles.
     
  9. colbrook

    colbrook Black Fryer

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    I think the biggest advantage to modular mats is that they are a solution to mat designs with roads that encourage a degree of prescriptiveness in the layout of the buildings. They certainly succeed in this but with a couple of downsides as mentioned above.

    Personally I prefer the solution of getting a mat without roads, like the MAS Ariadna and new Daedalus' Fall designs, or Deep Cut's new Aleph may.
     
  10. PalmerC

    PalmerC New Member

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    Thanks for the replies everyone. Need to think about it I have a number of vinyl and mousepad type mats but noth8ng that works for infinity to my taste. I like the look of these as I want an urban mat but it looks like a lot of the regular mats I like are out of stock or require a big shipping tax