1. Is there interest in large gaming mats? If yes, what size are we talking about? Squre or Rectangle? How many inches grid?
2. Which "page" sizes do public digital print shops offer in the U.S.? And is this is easy available for clients?
3. Do you know any existing sites that would facilitate this process?
I am in the process of making ground textures for either individual tiles or for one big image texture. The reason I am thinking about this that with the workflow I am developing for my ground textures (procedural processes for the base that can be spiced up with manually added details) I can - once I have the algorythms in place - make any sized terrain textures.
For me, it's always a question of budget and storage. I don't have much money for printing large scale battle mats, so I tend to plan them as either 40 x 60 cm posters that I can order via the photo service of the German drug store chain »dm« for 7 Euros, or as mats printed on pvc canvas via a quite non-expensive German online print service (https://www.wir-machen-druck.de/). However, I only print mats on pvc canvas that I know I'll be using more a few times.
If I need a map for only one gaming session, I print it in greyscale in the local copy shop (which costs about 5 Euros).
Tiles, on the other hand, I can print with my own printer. Also, I prefer tiles, when the design is in a way that allows me to combine the tiles in various ways. A fixed design, like for example a stock YT-1300 freighter for a Star Wars game, I prefer being printed in one piece as a poster or pvc canvas.
So, in the end, it comes down to storage. Mats have the nice advantage that they can be rolled up tightly and stuffed away in an umbrella stand. Tiles I put in a box…
So, my personal "need" for battle mats is dependent on three things:
- Will I need the mat more than once or twice? (if yes, I'll print as poster or on pvc) - Is it larger than 40 x 60 cm? (if yes, I'll have to print on pvc) - Is it a fixed design that can not be varied? (if no, I'd prefer tiles)
As for tiles, I want to look into a service poster-printer posterXXL.de offers called picture box. For 8 Euros you get 25 laminated 10 x 12 cm images on 250 g/m² photo paper in a box. You can design all pictures and the box to your liking, so this might be a great print option. I think, as soon as I tested it, I'll post my experiences.
As for print services usable for your battle mats, you might wanna have a look into services that allow you to offer your designs as posters…
cowboyleland: Now I have seen it. It doesn't advance our hobby, but anyone with half a brain who wanted 2nd rate figures could easily figure this out for themselves so I guess he isn't doing any harm.
Mar 19, 2019 17:53:59 GMT -9
berneart76: well, this is fun, (not) transferring all my papercrafting sets into the cloud. The stuff I got from DriveTrhruRPG was simple with their library desktop app,but my other stuff, sometimes with multiple duplicate copies is entertaining.
Mar 1, 2019 15:44:32 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King I usually use a mix of drybrush/watercolor/photocopy and occasionally posterizing at different levels of opacity.
Feb 26, 2019 20:46:54 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King, that's similar to the enhancing that I do on my texturing. I've found that sometimes I need to scale up or scale down the image (usually by 50 or 25 percent down or 200 or 300 percent up) to make get the enhancements to look "right"
Feb 26, 2019 20:44:53 GMT -9
Vermin King: On the zebras, I did multiple enhancements and cartoon filters and used them at 100%, and they still didn't look that different than the photos
Feb 26, 2019 12:27:26 GMT -9
Vermin King: When I make a figure or terrain piece based on a photo, I clean it up and align things to look 'right', then I create another layer and do enhancing and cartoonizing on it. I then adjust opacity over the photo image until it looks good. On the zebras,
Feb 26, 2019 12:26:35 GMT -9
Vermin King: berneart76, do you mean giving them green or purple manes and tails? and a few piercings? maybe a cig hanging out of their mouths?
Feb 26, 2019 12:24:18 GMT -9
Vermin King: cartoonizing a zebra doesn't do much
Feb 20, 2019 5:59:28 GMT -9
Vermin King: And due to the snow, I'm off tonight. I am going to miss the cash on the paycheck, but I'm glad they want their employees to be safe
Feb 15, 2019 10:52:24 GMT -9
ignatious: Actually I was referring to the two previous posts. I was trying to be subtle in order to sublimate the crassness. Read them again, but in Mel Brooks voice while he is winking, and nudging the person to his right.
Feb 9, 2019 13:38:11 GMT -9
Vermin King: Sure. Euphemize us
Feb 8, 2019 18:40:48 GMT -9
ignatious: would anyone care for a euphemism?
Feb 8, 2019 13:40:27 GMT -9
cowboyleland: We hadn't had snow for a few days. Last night the plow came down my street and did nothing but fill every ones driveways back in. Just for practice, I guess.
Feb 8, 2019 7:48:16 GMT -9
Vermin King: In KC we had an ice storm (with thunder sleet) the other night. Left things drivable, but last night the plow came down my street. They took all the rough edges off. Might as well have ran a Zamboni...
Feb 8, 2019 6:42:32 GMT -9
okumarts: Vermin King... Mind Blown!
Feb 5, 2019 19:32:30 GMT -9