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…
wyvern: surfduke: You should be able to post links to any files or images already on a website somewhere by just adding the URL when you set-up a post using the full "Create Post" Forum post editor (i.e. NOT the "Quick Reply" version).
May 27, 2020 10:20:28 GMT -9
wyvern: I've found Photos loading the first image slowly every time I've switched on the computer in recent times. It's been OK after that, but seems like it can't quite remember how to do it just after it's been woken up...
May 27, 2020 10:17:36 GMT -9
surfduke: Do you want a preview pdf of the Jupiter 2 here? If so how do I post it.
May 27, 2020 0:39:56 GMT -9
Vermin King: That would explain why 'Photos' loaded slower this weekend. It was 'improved'
May 26, 2020 8:07:25 GMT -9
wyvern: It wasn't some fresh Windows "improvement" then... I noticed the icon for the MS image viewer, "Photos", changed a few days back as well. Doesn't seem to have changed the app, as far as I can tell. Yet.
May 26, 2020 4:26:25 GMT -9
lightning: Glad that only a restart was involved. I wouldn't have the energy to much more today :-)
May 26, 2020 3:01:39 GMT -9
Vermin King: I had a scare and a half. Went to open a pdf for the first time today and nothing happened. Checked All Programs and saw that Reader updated on 05/23. Restarting fixed it. Whew
May 25, 2020 10:56:44 GMT -9
Vermin King: His eyes must not be as old as mine
May 21, 2020 11:12:39 GMT -9
cowboyleland: I always thought Tirick was a little mad.
May 21, 2020 7:11:40 GMT -9
Vermin King: Really worn out tonight, so when I'm like that I just look for things I used to have, but don't any more. I got the Zippy models and am rebuilding my Tirick/TCF Gaming folder. How the heck would anyone build his 1/1000 Battletech mechs without enlarging
May 20, 2020 17:12:58 GMT -9
Toman: yea I have been. pretty cool project. I've done a few scratch builds like that but not as large. cutting individual stones or carving stones in foam sucks.
May 19, 2020 16:50:41 GMT -9
Vermin King: Anybody else following Mauther's home-made Playmobile castle build? Looks really good so far
May 18, 2020 18:13:38 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Good point. Maybe make the wing feathers seperately so that the wind could get through them?
May 14, 2020 6:10:23 GMT -9
squirmydad: We had two operators for the hawk though, one to carry the weight and the other to flap the wings.
May 13, 2020 11:02:25 GMT -9
squirmydad: Probably silk and dowels. I assisted in the construction of a giant hawk puppet for an indoor show, probably about the same size as that pegasus.
May 13, 2020 11:01:49 GMT -9
Vermin King: It's got to be really light. The article dealt with parade puppets. I don't think I'd want to be trying to control that in a stiff wind
May 13, 2020 4:21:20 GMT -9
lightning: that's a nice pegasus!
May 13, 2020 4:10:32 GMT -9
shep: Will it fly, if you move the wings fast enough?
May 13, 2020 1:10:51 GMT -9