Product Review – Frontline Gaming’s F.A.T. Mat 6’x4′ Blast Zone

Posted: April 30, 2014 in Product evaluation
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So, i haven’t done a real product review on this blog before.  In many of my tutorials I do make recommendations but that doesn’t really count.  Today I’ll be covering Frontline Gaming’s F.A.T. Mat – specifically the 6’x4′ Blast Zone mat by Tablewar.  A good friend and customer loaned me the mat so that I could customize some terrain for him (big thanks to Joe Y.).  From what I understand, he ordered his sight unseen during the Kickstarter campaign for the original product.

Here is how the product is Described on their site:

Frontline Gaming and TableWar’s Gaming Mats are beautiful, durable mats, perfect for tabletop games.

These mats are extremely durable, printed on a water resistant surface affixed to a neoprene backing. That means the mat won’t slide around on the table, lays flat, resists water and looks amazing.

They now come with a sturdy, nylon zip-up F.A.T. Bag for storing and transporting your F.A.T. Mat, and full color F.A.T. Tag so that you can see which mat is in the bag without having to open it, and to write your name on to show which mat is yours

The mat istelf:

Blast Zone FAT Mat 02 Blast Zone FAT Mat 01

The mat is a great concept.  It is printed on a thick neoprene surface making it very similar to a giant mouse pad.  The resolution on the image is high and gives an instant immersive feel to a battlefield; even before the terrain goes down.  Once terrain and minis are down, the mild surface texture keeps things from sliding everywhere as happens on a lot of the paper and vinyl mats.  Also, the neoprene underside grabs the surface of what it rests on and stays put.  You don’t need anything to hold the mat down or to cushion the surface below.  The thickness of the neoprene also provides a bit of a cushion to any minis that might get knocked over or dropped on it.

The mat does weigh several pounds and only stores rolled up.  This means that it will always have a long dimension of at least 4 feet.  Attempting to fold it is a waste of time and would probably lead to a damaged surface.  To help with storage, the mat comes with a tube-shaped bag.  The early examples of the bag were of a cheap microfiber weave like you find on those $1 grocery store totes.  This was the only disappointing feature of the mat I had on hand.  It could not stand up to the weight of the rolled up mat and tore after being used only a couple of times.  Luckily for you, the mats now come with a different storage container that seems much more robust.  It has a carry strap and even a tag that shows what kind of mat is contained within.

This is an item I could readily see myself adding to my collection for Warhammer 40k.  There are also mats in Alpine (snow), Barren Wastelands, and Grasslands that would work well with 40k or Warhammer Fantasy.  Other styles cover terrain types such as city, western, ocean, and outer space.  I can see that travelling with the mat to do demonstrations at game stores will be much easier with one of these.  There are even mats made in a 4’x4′ size suitable for skirmish games like Malifaux and War Machine.

I like.  Now I just need to get one.

 

 

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