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Matteo Badinelli
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Hi I post here in search of help about mounting wargames maps. Anybody knows how to? Is it a difficult task? And most important is it worth the time and money?

Thanks in advance
Matteo
 
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Justin Hwang
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I'm not really a wargamer and don't paid attention to those problems but I do remember reading somewhere in the forum, that cheap plastic poster frames are handy.

I can't remember what post it was, though.
 
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Lyle T
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I lay a sheet of plexiglass over paper mats. Works like a charm.
 
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Mark Mokszycki
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All *REAL* wargamers use a sheet of plexi. A pair of angled forceps and some nail clippers help too. I might also suggest setting up the map and plexi on a large piece of firm foamboard. That way, when you need to clear the table, you can pick everything up- map, plexi, units and all- and move it all to another location, to continue later.
 
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I have mounted a few things now, it is not that hard to do. The was I learned was to read through the instructions for the custom made PR game at the following link.

www.michaeldoyle.com/PRege/LaCiudad.html

This guy covers everthing you need to know in pretty good detail. Not to mention that the art for his version of PR is nice (IMHO).

Anyway, what he explains works well for war game maps too. The only think to worry about when mounting them is the folds. You will need to sit it under some heavy books for a few days before mounting.

Also I warn you now. Cutting the mount with a razor is a lot of work, be ready for that.

The other thing thats a bit of a pain is the cutting of the board after mounting so it can be folded. I don't have this down 100% yet.

I think in the end plexiglass is a much better option. Also if you want to be cheap about it go buy a plastic poster frame at a craft store and use the plastic front to cover the map.

-M


 
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Matt Foster
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What Mark said, plus.

IMHO that using the plexi over paper/cardstock wargame maps is the most efficient way of doing things. It allows easy re-storage of the maps (self-mounted maps being rather space inefficient) and cuts down on the work load while keeping everything flat, playable and clean.

Plexi is also about the only solution you can use when you've got one of those games with back-printed maps, such as GMT's Roads to Leningrad.

How long does it last? I've been using the same plexi sheets for over 20 years...

 
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Rick Albee
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Where do you get these plexiglass sheets? Staples? Or a crafts store?
 
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