View Full Version : My Love/Hate Relationship with Axis & Allies Miniatures Maps

03-14-2018, 04:24 PM
Well, they're paper!

Well, they're miniatures!

That doesn't equate for me!

OK....now I've laid all the cards on the table Let me drill down into the above. The paper maps for this system always turned me off....plain and simple. All the folds in the paper, and the stock printed on subject to degrading with those cool plastic beasties traversing its' surface. No no no, any self-respecting miniature gamer does NOT pick up a Tiger I and gently place it several space ahead....you roll, baby, roll....you slide it across the terrain making "grrrrrrrRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!" Sounds!

.....that's only somewhat jokingly, by the way! There is a aesthetic quality to moving vehicles like vehicles more; not like hovercraft or jumping robots from Transformers.

Yes, you can roll the maps up (ever see the movie, 'Twister'? ....you'll appreciate the aforementioned all the better). And you can NOT drag mini's over them. And you can place plexi over them. Ugh, That's just too much for me, personally.

And then there's the 3D terrain printed in 2D factor. Yes, it gets the mechanics across; but at the expense of what miniature gaming is supposed to be about (beyond what board wargames bring to the table, no pun intended): the *FEEL* of the real think, visually detailed in all its glory in miniature.

I say this with all due respect but, one of the more humorous things I see are A&AM players who actually put terrain on the maps! ...little trees and rocks and hills. I get it....the maps have the pre-proportioned spaces and roads, and such. But still....I can't help but think, "Why bother?"

I've played A&AM on dioramas and experience far more rewarding gaming....so I ask myself, what good are the maps?

Well, the only thing I can come up with are, they are great for travel.

I can't say they are good for conventions, because, to be honest, no one really plays this game on a tournament level anymore from what I've seen or heard. But to bring to a club, or friendly gathering, the maps have their usefulness.

Plus....I'm cheap....I bought them so I'll be damned if I'll throw them away!

OK....I said my peace

03-14-2018, 04:40 PM
Lay a piece of plexiglass on them, problem solved!
(Map from WWI game, Guns of Galicia)


(you can see by the glare, it has plexiglass over it)

03-14-2018, 08:51 PM
That's a great suggestion and I should have mentioned it..... I bought a couple pieces last Spring; one that will fit a couple ASL maps, and one that will fit a large area like you show (I may have gotten one in the middle, too). They still have the protective coating on them in fact, as I've not yet dug out a paper map game, or played ASL since then.

I like what these bring to the table (<--- see what I did there! :p), but I do have to get used to that 3-D affect that comes from counters laying almost floating) above the map, LOL!

Do you have any issue with the edges.... as in, are then too sharp from the cutting?

03-14-2018, 11:50 PM
No problems yet. Except my breakthrough sized plexiglass fell out of my hands on a windy day and chipped the corner. I still use it, it's just one corner. But it did chip it pretty good.