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while browsing through some sites for miniatures i found this site http://www.erichotz.com/felt.html the hex arrangement, number of rows, and hexes in each row is very close to those for the gameboard. they should be useful for those who would like to use miniatures in place of the blocks.
 
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Those mats are very nice with the ink sublimated into the felt. Just be warned that the hexes are 5 inches flat to flat. Eric Hotz has stated that he might get into other sizes in the future.
 
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I noticed the size-- let's see, 6feet by 4 feet. That's 9 1/2 hexes deep and 14 1/2 long.

And the C&C map is... 9.5 hexes deep and 13 hexes long.

Wow-- if someone had bet me there were that "few" hexes on the map they probably could have taken my money with ease.

So, even "as is," they are just the right size for matching our battles, though what sort of minies you'll want for a 5 inch hex is a good question-- even 1/72nd might look a little lost in there.

But wasn't the site itself interesting? I've never had a powerful desire to game naval actions of the day, but I might want some of that stuff just for display (my wife loves things Roman). This certainly would be an awesome demo kit for the game system.
 
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I'm so glad that users on this provide a never ending stream of games and accessories to spend my modest disposable income on.....

Ok, there goes part of the first tax refund I've gotten in a decade....two mats. Looks like I'll get two mats, 1 sea and 1 of the land.

 
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Chessex has started making 2" hex mats. I'm not sure how many hexes are on each of their mats.

http://www.chessex.com
 
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Those looks very nice, too bad they are not smaller.
 
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kduke wrote:


So, even "as is," they are just the right size for matching our battles, though what sort of minies you'll want for a 5 inch hex is a good question-- even 1/72nd might look a little lost in there.


i do a lot of miniature gaming. most of my figures are heroics and ros 1:300 scale. for ancients they are mounted on 40mm bases. the 5 inch (127mm) hexes are a little large for those bases, but are large enough to hold the 60mm bases used by miniature gamers using 25mm figures. for the 40mm bases infantry would have to be in a 2x2 arrangement, the 3 bases for cavalry could be formed in a single line, as would the 2 bases for elephants and chariots. http://www.thewargamer.com/ccancients/gallery.html#howtoplay has some pictures of a game using 25mm figures on 60mm bases
 
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"Those looks very nice, too bad they are not smaller."

Hotz ArtWorks will soon be offering more hex sizes... smaller hexes are on the way.

You would be surprised by the number of games that can use large (5 inch) hexes. Most WWII air combat games played at our club use 5 inch hexes and these are 1/300th scale games. I am putting together a WWI land combat game, at company level, that requires 5 inch hexes (this is actually the perfect size if you are converting the boardgame, Land Ship to a tabletop game. I plan to do this in 10mm scale.

I play WWII air combat in 1/144th scale. Most players feel 5 inch hexes are too small for 1/144th scale. Don't forget, most WWII air combat actions involve bombers!


If you haven't seen my WWII Air Combat game before, check out:
http://www.erichotz.com/mat_gallery_euro.html


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Another solution is to order the Hotz ArtWorks felt game mats without the printed hexes and mark them yourself. I have purchased the beautiful European fields mat, and I intend to mark hex centers with a small painted dot. I think it will be obvious on which hex the minis sit. With different colored dots, it should be possible to have two different hex sizes on one mat. You also can mark corners with the 3 pointed stars.

Thanks, Dan
 
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So lets say I go with a nice mat... what sort of miniature figures should I be looking at where could I get them?

I've never bought miniatures before, and my local game shop only carries fantasy-style figures.

Any pointers to figures suitable for Ancients?
 
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Minatures question... I have now found the dozens of miniature threads on page 2 and beyond.
 
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