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Almilcar
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Protecting Battle Maps Wed, 06 June 2012 10:13
Hello,

I wonder if any of you have protected in some way (laminating or something like that) the Battle Maps to prevent getting dirty, accidental spill of liquid, etc.

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Re:Protecting Battle Maps Wed, 06 June 2012 10:59
Almilcar wrote on Wed, 06 June 2012 12:13

Hello,

I wonder if any of you have protected in some way (laminating or something like that) the Battle Maps to prevent getting dirty, accidental spill of liquid, etc.

Cheers


I think lots of people use plexiglass to protect the maps! It also helps keep them nice and flat while you're playing. Cool
      
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Re:Protecting Battle Maps Wed, 06 June 2012 14:10
Plexiglass works great for me. I have a couple different sizes cut to fit the board size that I am playing on. I also use the covering when playing on a regular board that has the terrain tiles on the board. It helps to hold the tiles in place when you move the playing pieces. I'm sold on plexiglass.
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Re:Protecting Battle Maps Thu, 07 June 2012 12:38
Hello Jesse,

thanks for the answer. I meant any type of protection for the pre-printed BattleMaps (eg. Hedgerow Hell & The Cadets of Saumur). I already do own a piece of plexiglass for the regular board and looking for another one for the BT format.

Do you guys use the preprinted battlemaps with no protection at all?

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Re:Protecting Battle Maps Thu, 07 June 2012 17:54
Generally those protecting their battle maps are either laminating them or using plexiglass to cover them during game play.

I have no experience with battle maps but if I owned one I would probably do both - laminate it to protect it, and cover with plexiglass to keep it flat during game play.
      
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Re:Protecting Battle Maps Thu, 07 June 2012 20:49
Kelly's Hero wrote on Thu, 07 June 2012 10:54

Generally those protecting their battle maps are either laminating them or using plexiglass to cover them during game play.

I have no experience with battle maps but if I owned one I would probably do both - laminate it to protect it, and cover with plexiglass to keep it flat during game play.


I use plexiglass to cover the maps to keep the terrain from moving around when you move your units. I always found that to be disturbing, having to resettle everything to it's original place after some heavy-handed person moved their units.

      
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Re:Protecting Battle Maps Thu, 07 June 2012 22:56
I store all 4 battlemaps + the BT map in 2 of the original battlemap packages in the outside pocket of the Campaign bag.

I play it without plexiglass and haven't laminated them.

The only protective measure I take, is to set up and take down the mapboards/battlemaps and do the storage myself.

During play I leave it open to spillage of food and drinks and even droll if stevens comes over. Laughing

I even let my my 6 year old daughter play with the OOP airplane miniatures. Living dangerously in a safe way.
      
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Re:Protecting Battle Maps Fri, 08 June 2012 00:10
ad79 wrote on Thu, 07 June 2012 16:56

I store all 4 battlemaps + the BT map in 2 of the original battlemap packages in the outside pocket of the Campaign bag.

I play it without plexiglass and haven't laminated them.

The only protective measure I take, is to set up and take down the mapboards/battlemaps and do the storage myself.

During play I leave it open to spillage of food and drinks and even droll if stevens comes over. Laughing

I even let my my 6 year old daughter play with the OOP airplane miniatures. Living dangerously in a safe way.


Actually, since Stig and I play on Vassal via email, I have to email him drool for his maps... Laughing Laughing
      
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Re:Protecting Battle Maps Fri, 08 June 2012 18:52
stevens wrote on Fri, 08 June 2012 00:10

ad79 wrote on Thu, 07 June 2012 16:56

I store all 4 battlemaps + the BT map in 2 of the original battlemap packages in the outside pocket of the Campaign bag.

I play it without plexiglass and haven't laminated them.

The only protective measure I take, is to set up and take down the mapboards/battlemaps and do the storage myself.

During play I leave it open to spillage of food and drinks and even droll if stevens comes over. Laughing

I even let my my 6 year old daughter play with the OOP airplane miniatures. Living dangerously in a safe way.


Actually, since Stig and I play on Vassal via email, I have to email him drool for his maps... Laughing Laughing


Maybe we can gat Bart to put in a drooling function in the vassal mod?
      
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Re:Protecting Battle Maps Fri, 08 June 2012 20:42
ad79 wrote on Thu, 07 June 2012 16:56


Maybe we can gat Bart to put in a drooling function in the vassal mod?


I agree, I think it is well worth his time and effort to cover drool, fruit juices, lipstick, crisps (chips) and other items that might inadvertently fall onto one's battlemap.!
Very Happy Very Happy

[Updated on: Fri, 08 June 2012 20:44]

      
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Re:Protecting Battle Maps Sun, 10 June 2012 10:08
I actually don't own any plexi glass covers, although that's the method I would like to use! It's a little bit expensive, which is why I haven't done it yet, but someday I will.

I looked around for a place to laminate the maps, but the places that had large enough machines to laminate something that size charged way too much for the service! I thought about laminating it folded in half and then cutting the lamination back over and folding it the other way to laminate it...but I'm too scared of ruining the maps!!

So far, I haven't been using any protection system and luckily nothing has happened to them! Good luck in your search. Cool
      
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Re:Protecting Battle Maps Sun, 10 June 2012 14:08
I've found an inexpensive way to acquire plexiglass:

Rather than buy a sheet and having it cut to the perfect size ($$), I've gone to the local store that sells posters. You know, the kitten hanging on a cross bar or your least-favourite muscial 'artist'?

The ones I found come with a cardboard back, a plastic frame, and a thin plexiglass face. Buy 3, throw out the poster, and voila - instant light weight map covers.

Cost: $12-$13
      
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Re:Protecting Battle Maps Sun, 10 June 2012 19:59
My local Home Depot sells a 1/8" sheet that is 20" x 32" for about $13 each. I didn't care that it is a little bit longer than needed so I didn't bother to have it cut.

I bought two of these sheets. I place them end-to-end for overlord games and side-to-side for breakthrough games.
      
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Re:Protecting Battle Maps Sun, 10 June 2012 20:07
Thanks for the suggestions, guys!! Those are both great options and I think I'll make sure I get myself some plexi-protection when I have a chance! Very Happy

My wife and I are still over in Abu Dhabi for another school year but when we move back to the States for good, I'm going to do one of these two options. Thanks again, and I hope this advice was as helpful to other players as it was to me. Cool
      
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Re:Protecting Battle Maps Mon, 13 August 2012 01:45
I just got some battle maps. If it was possible to store them flat like art prints or maps in a giant portfolio book, I'd do that.

I have a plastic battle map from Battle Masters. It's huge, and I didn't like folding/unfolding with the folds in the way of the game. I rolled it up on some wrapping paper rolls. The corners are a little turned up but it's plastic so it's ok.

I think I'd like to roll these battle maps similarly to get the folds out and store them in a mailing tube which should protect them.

I don't have a big enough table so plexiglas is out, since I don't want to lug it around.
      
    
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