Having a decent looking surface on the table was a stumbling block. My fantasy town games had made do with an earthy ground in the past, and I'd tried to do some cobbled streets on the reverse of my modern roads (made from vinyl tiles) but the edges curl annoyingly. I've looked round the web at some home made cobble tables, but on pricing it up the costs were not that different, and with so many other projects on my list I decided to take the plunge and get a cobbled cloth mat from Deep Cut Studios. My gaming table is 6' x 3' and I really only play skirmish games so I went for the 3' x 3' option.
The company is in Lithuania, so I wasn't surprised by the quoted 1-2 weeks delivery time. However I was surprised as my Wednesday order was on my desk on Monday morning - great work!
I haven't bought a printed texture mat before, so I wasn't entirely sure what it would be like in hand, despite a few video reviews and product photos. So these comments maybe show about as much my expectations as the product itself.
I went for the cloth mat over the pvc version to avoid a glossy finish and to have a more durable surface. The cloth mat comes folded in zip-lock bag which I was concerned about, but straight out of the envelope and unfolded there are only 2, non-sharp creases which may flatten out themselves if not easily iron out. The textures are heat printed on are part of the cloth so ironing should be OK (in fact the blurb says you can put them in a 40 degree wash if necessary!)
The material is thinner than I'd expected. I had maybe been expected something with the thickness and weight of the old Games Workshop Gaming Cloth, but it is lighter than that. The thinness, however may well help keep out the creases, and it lies nicely on the table without any real slippage.
|Mat on the left (with manhole cover) and the|
Graffam textured tile on right.
However with some terrain on the table the cobble size becomes a bit less of an issue. I took a couple of pictures to demonstrate. Note that this is on the table straight from the packet (with a bit of a shake) and most the creases are out.