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Subject: Clear Plastic Covers for Wargame Maps: Where to get them. rss

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Brett Pierotte
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Hi,

I've read several posts from wargamers who use sheets of clear plastic to cover their maps. (To smooth out the creases, protect the map, etc.) My question: What's the best place to shop for them?

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Andrew Petty
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The material is plexiglass. Just call or check any hardware store or big home improvement store (I haven't bought any myself but my understanding is that it is available in a variety of thicknesses and that you would have them cut it to size)
 
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The plexiglass you get in a hardware store will probably be fairly thick and quite heavy. Some people like that, because it really flattens the maps. But if you want something lighter, I recommend getting a cheap 24x36 inch poster frame--you can get them at Walmart. As a bonus, you can store your flat maps in the poster frames, if you like.
 
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A typical wargame map measures 22" x 34". The aforementioned poster frame from a Walmart or Hobby Lobby will handle that, and costs about $10.

Any Lowe's or Home Depot can sell you a thin sheet of plexiglass to cover a map for about $12.

I had them cut two sheets to cover my entire game table (which can handle three wargame maps, aligned upright, side-by-side), and it ran me about $30, I think.

It's great for other games like Settlers...once the board is revealed I place the plexiglass on it and it stays put.
 
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Brett Pierotte
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I kind of figured home improvement/hardware stores were the best bet. I guess I'll be heading to Home Depot this weekend.
Thanks for the help.
 
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