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FAT Mat vs Deep Cut Studios

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FAT Mat vs Deep Cut Studios

PostFri Jun 17, 2016 6:36 pm

I am planning to pick up a playmat for my Dropzone table.

I'm looking at this: http://store.frontlinegaming.org/fat-mat%3A-urban-zone-4x4/dp/6355

or this: http://www.deepcutstudio.com/product/wargames-terrain-mat-dropzone-1/

Can anyone offer a review of either the FAT mat or the Deep Cut studios mat? They both seem nice, but the cost is high enough to make me cautious. The price is less on the DeepCut map, but the shipping to the USA is brutal.

Or is there an alternative to these that I am missing?
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Re: FAT Mat vs Deep Cut Studios

PostFri Jun 17, 2016 8:36 pm

Good question. Several people here have Fat Mats, and they're great, but I hadn't even heard of the Deep Cut Studios version until you posted it.

Honestly, mouse pad material is pretty universal, I would guess that the quality is similar. I may see if my group can get a Deep Cut mat, just to have the variety.
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Re: FAT Mat vs Deep Cut Studios

PostFri Jun 17, 2016 8:38 pm

Can't speak for DeepCut, but I own a 4x4 FAT mat and I'm extremely happy with it.

The print quality is good, it comes with a carrying case, which I wasn't aware of when I bought it, and I haven't had any issues with separation or wear on the corners/edges of the mat. I'm probably a little more cautious during use than the average gamer, but I felt like it was worth it.

I've played on vinyl prints, card stock, Zuzzy mats and home made boards for years and I would rate FAT mats as being near the top of the heap.

It's a bit expensive, but I still feel it was worth it considering there's no prep or paint work, and since it rolls up, it stores easily. The only advice I have is to go around and try and find a store near you that has cardboard tubes that you could cut to fit inside the case, otherwise it has the capability to bend in the middle.

YMMV of course, depending on exactly what you value/prefer/need for your specific circumstances.
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Re: FAT Mat vs Deep Cut Studios

PostSat Jun 18, 2016 5:13 am

I've seen other FAT mats and really like them.

The pattern on that DeepCut mat just looks really nice and looks like it will fit well with my 4Ground terrain.
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Re: FAT Mat vs Deep Cut Studios

PostSat Jun 18, 2016 6:35 am

I have a deep cut studio matt for star wars armada. I think it is very good but it does not come with a carry bag, I got mine separately. Personally I would get the matt with best layout. I know the fat mat has roads in awkward places making the standard missions look wierd.
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Re: FAT Mat vs Deep Cut Studios

PostSat Jun 18, 2016 4:03 pm

shmitty wrote:I am planning to pick up a playmat for my Dropzone table.

I'm looking at this: http://store.frontlinegaming.org/fat-mat%3A-urban-zone-4x4/dp/6355

or this: http://www.deepcutstudio.com/product/wargames-terrain-mat-dropzone-1/

Can anyone offer a review of either the FAT mat or the Deep Cut studios mat? They both seem nice, but the cost is high enough to make me cautious. The price is less on the DeepCut map, but the shipping to the USA is brutal.

Or is there an alternative to these that I am missing?


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Re: FAT Mat vs Deep Cut Studios

PostSat Jun 18, 2016 10:29 pm

I personally don't like the layout on the FAT mats. Makes placing three large buildings on the center line difficult unless you place them over roads.

I don't have the DCS one (yet) but the layout looks better to me.
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Re: FAT Mat vs Deep Cut Studios

PostSun Jun 19, 2016 12:46 am

piperider361 wrote:I personally don't like the layout on the FAT mats. Makes placing three large buildings on the center line difficult unless you place them over roads.

I don't have the DCS one (yet) but the layout looks better to me.


Good point, thanks.
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Re: FAT Mat vs Deep Cut Studios

PostTue Jun 21, 2016 8:49 am

I've got several Deep Cut Studios mats, I prefer the vinyl to the cloth personally and while they don't come with a bag their dispatch tube works perfectly well for storing them.

I have to say I like them (I have three after all) and I'd be happy to purchase more from them.
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Re: FAT Mat vs Deep Cut Studios

PostTue Jun 21, 2016 11:27 am

Having got both for dropzone in the past I can say that in my opinion the Deepcut studios one is the better of the pair especially in layout. The downside being that you need to get a bag separately though which ups the cost a little more.
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