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Looking for clear plastic grids

#1 Postby JDSampo » Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:42 pm

Does anyone know of any company that makes clear plastic sheets with a one inch grid on them? I want something to lay over a battle mat and I'm exploring commercial options before I make something.
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#2 Postby farik » Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:09 pm

you could probably get a quote from any professional sign shop.

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#3 Postby VonDan » Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:18 pm

I have a clear chessex battle mat with 1 inch hex grid, some one must make a 1 inch clear square grid

Chessex just recently stopped making clear square mats and are listed as out of Print on there web store. Ask your FLGS to check there supplyer if the are any stocked some ware. And if you only want smaller sections not a full mat ask about the factory seconds

And on a side note to keep your map nice check with your local Quicky Mart that sells the three foot long peperoni and they might give you the storage tube when it is empty as they just throw them away. My mats are over 20 years old and look like new


Come to think of it 25 years ago I made a few sheets of 1/4 square grid on clear acetate by putting graph paper in the copy machine and a pack of acetate in the paper bin (the same day I made 400 RPG sheets and 400 sheets of graph paper on some one elses machine)



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Re: Looking for clear plastic grids

#4 Postby Vinzent » Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:27 pm

JDSampo wrote:Does anyone know of any company that makes clear plastic sheets with a one inch grid on them? I want something to lay over a battle mat and I'm exploring commercial options before I make something.


How big do you need it?

The cheapest way would be to buy transparency sheets and ink the grid ines yourself.
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#5 Postby Snate56 » Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:59 am

Or print them on your printer.


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#6 Postby VonDan » Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:06 am

Or do what I did sneek into a bank after hours and print 800 of them

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#7 Postby JDSampo » Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:55 am

Thanks for the tips guys. I had forgotten about the chessex mats. But yeah they don't seem to make them anymore. I'll probably just make my own but I thought I'd see what was out there. Thanks!
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#8 Postby farik » Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:48 am

having made clear overlays in mnay formats I have to say you get the best bang for your buck by using a photocopier. The toner process seems much more stable meaning your grid lasts longer. Also some printers can be messy when running transparency sheets through them.

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#9 Postby The Dread Polack » Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:01 am

VonDan wrote:Or do what I did sneek into a bank after hours and print 800 of them


I wouldn't recommend this, since most banks have gotten security cameras in the last 25 years :)

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#10 Postby Mike Zebrowski » Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:22 pm

If you don't mind acrylic sheets, I could run few through my laser for you. Each sheet would be limited to 11.5 by 23.5 inches.

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#11 Postby JDSampo » Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:33 pm

Thanks for the advice and the offers of help! We decided to put something together ourselves. I'll probably print up a gridded paper terrian mat and put it under plexiglas so we can draw on it non destructively.
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#12 Postby VonDan » Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:28 pm

That is what i used my clear battle mat for. I would draw terrain on the back of old blue prints then put the hex grid over it.

A cheap form of "Plexiglass" would be to get a large poster in a frame with the clear plastic cover when they are on clearence

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#13 Postby Vinzent » Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:09 pm

Have you considered these?

Iuse this one frequently.

You can find them at most FLGS.
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#14 Postby Dirty Ernie » Thu Mar 22, 2012 7:18 pm

JDSampo wrote:I'll probably print up a gridded paper terrian mat and put it under plexiglas so we can draw on it non destructively.

VonDan wrote:A cheap form of "Plexiglass" would be to get a large poster in a frame with the clear plastic cover when they are on clearence

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#15 Postby warrenss2 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 4:53 am

I hate to deviate off topic here but...

I would love to have a clear hex-less/grid-less plastic sheet to lay on those gaming maps that don't want to lay flat.

My main thoughts are running toward keeping the Steve Jackson's Games OGRE map nice and flat.

If it's a cheap alternative I would go this route to protect other maps used in my gaming fun.

<edited in> I have both a grid and hex mat, in 1 inch, from Chessex. Strongly recommend.
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#16 Postby Cryonic » Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:06 pm

warrenss2 wrote:I hate to deviate off topic here but...

I would love to have a clear hex-less/grid-less plastic sheet to lay on those gaming maps that don't want to lay flat.

My main thoughts are running toward keeping the Steve Jackson's Games OGRE map nice and flat.

If it's a cheap alternative I would go this route to protect other maps used in my gaming fun.

<edited in> I have both a grid and hex mat, in 1 inch, from Chessex. Strongly recommend.


http://www.homedepot.com/buy/building-m ... 22428.html

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#17 Postby VonDan » Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:15 pm

Cryonic wrote:
warrenss2 wrote:I hate to deviate off topic here but...

I would love to have a clear hex-less/grid-less plastic sheet to lay on those gaming maps that don't want to lay flat.

My main thoughts are running toward keeping the Steve Jackson's Games OGRE map nice and flat.

If it's a cheap alternative I would go this route to protect other maps used in my gaming fun.

<edited in> I have both a grid and hex mat, in 1 inch, from Chessex. Strongly recommend.


http://www.homedepot.com/buy/building-m ... 22428.html



lexan sheets $50 to $150

large big hair band poster in a frame with clear plastic front on clearance $10 to $20 and you get an archery target

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#18 Postby farik » Fri Mar 23, 2012 4:52 pm

VonDan wrote:
Cryonic wrote:
warrenss2 wrote:I hate to deviate off topic here but...

I would love to have a clear hex-less/grid-less plastic sheet to lay on those gaming maps that don't want to lay flat.

My main thoughts are running toward keeping the Steve Jackson's Games OGRE map nice and flat.

If it's a cheap alternative I would go this route to protect other maps used in my gaming fun.

<edited in> I have both a grid and hex mat, in 1 inch, from Chessex. Strongly recommend.


http://www.homedepot.com/buy/building-m ... 22428.html



lexan sheets $50 to $150

large big hair band poster in a frame with clear plastic front on clearance $10 to $20 and you get an archery target


The Lexan sheets in my neck of the woods run $20 to $30 according to the provided link. I had no idea home building materials were priced so severaly based on geography.

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#19 Postby Energy » Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:32 pm

farik wrote:The Lexan sheets in my neck of the woods run $20 to $30 according to the provided link. I had no idea home building materials were priced so severaly based on geography.


Out of curiosity, where are you that you see that kind of price. I'm in the north east and it's $100 here. At $30 wherever you are, it's probably cheaper to call around looking for a hardware store that will ship it across country than to buy it locally. :-)

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#20 Postby Cryonic » Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:44 pm

farik wrote:The Lexan sheets in my neck of the woods run $20 to $30 according to the provided link. I had no idea home building materials were priced so severaly based on geography.


Why? cost of housing varies by a huge amount, so the cost of running the warehouses that these stores are will vary by a huge amount as well.


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