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First Strike Playing Mat set for Warhammer 40,000 Ed8 from Games Workshop - Miniature scenery set reviewimage © Games Workshop

Miniature Set: First Strike Playing Mat, Product type: Game expansion: game mat (Game expansion: scenery - Game expansion: playing area), Company: Games Workshop, Production: 2017-

Product name: Warhammer 40,000 First Strike Playing Mat, Product Code: 99260199002, Sprue: -, Range: Warhammer 40,000 (Ed8) (Futuristic fantasy), Series: Warhammer 40,000 universe, Company: Games Workshop, Production: 2017-

Scenery type: playing areaflat terrain: Urban area, Size: ?, Technology: Modern/Futuristic (Advanced), Based on: roads and sidewalks

Miniatures
Scale:
1:56 (28mm / 32mm), Proportions: Realistic / Heroic, Size: ?mm, Material: paper, Priming: Priming not neccessary
Assembly: One-piece, Sprueless, No cutting needed, No assembly, No connector, Stores flat, Posing: ?, Paintjob: printed, Base: No base,  Conceptual design: ?, Design: ?

Set:

Warhammer 40.000 Ed8: First Strike Starter Set: contains 1

Grid size: None.

Marked elements: Special areas: starting areas on Side A).

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The First Strike Playing Mat miniature scenery from Games Workshop includes pieces to build a complete battlefield.

"a 22’ x 22’ double-sided gaming mat – one side is specially designed with icons showing you where to place miniatures in order to play the training missions, and the other has no markings, so you can play your own games. Each side is printed in full colour with an evocative design of a ruined Imperial city;

 

Contents

1x First Strike Playing Mat

  • Side A) straight road, with scenario markings
  • Side B) T junction

1x nylon bag with self-adhesive strip

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Review - First Strike Playing Mat miniature scenery from Games Workshop

The First Strike Playing Mat is a double sided poster that is folded to fit into an A5 size bag.

The folds already had some wear by the time I've opened the pack, and I suppose it will get worse with use, unless you seal it somehow, or paint over the damaged folds.

The surface is shiny, but I think it's unavoidable, unless you use matte spray to remove the shine.

The mat won't stay flat from itself. Probably it will help if you put weights on it, or use adhesive putty to stick it to your playing surface.

Both sides depict an industrial district of the Imperium. Side A) also has a visually out of place crater. Both sides deature roads that are 4 inches (10 cm) wide, plus a 2 inch (5 cm) walkway on both sides. It's enough space to be able to move your vehicles.

There are several manhole covers you can use for scenarios that allow the use of them. On Side B) there's also an entrance to an underground facility.

The containers included in the Warhammer 40.000 Ed8: First Strike Starter Set look out of place on both sides of the mat in my opinion, but at least you have the option to use that to add to your mat. The only place the container scenery looks "right" is right on the crater of Side A), or blocking the roads on either side. It's exactly as long as the roads are wide, so they could totally block it.

 

First Strike Starter Set for Warhammer 40,000 Ed8 from Games Workshop - Miniature wargame, figure and scenery set reviewimage © Games Workshop

Possible uses

I've seen several of these mats put together, they fit nicely side by side. So there's the option of using several to build a large gaming area. However, one side only fits nicely with the same sides, so you can't mix the two sides easily.

The artwork is nice enough that I'd like to cut these mats apart and use the pieces to glue them on homemade scenery pieces. The Imperial iconography looks strange laying flat on the streets, but they would look great if they would adorn the sides of an Imperial building.

 

Possible improvements

Put the folds on the edges of terrain. That way a damaged fold won't cut the art in half.

The crater on Side A) should be an additional piece you could put on the mat if you wish.

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Size comparison - The Eiras Contract tiles miniature scenery from Mantic Games

Futuristic indoor modular tiles in 1/56 scale - The Eiras Contract tiles for Star Saga from Mantic Games, 2017 - Miniature scenery review

Size comparison of the The Eiras Contract tiles miniature scenery from Mantic Games with 1:56 (28mm / 32mm) scale First Strike Playing Mat and First Strike Armoured Containers from Games Workshop.

Size comparison of the The Eiras Contract tiles miniature scenery from Mantic Games with 1:56 (28mm / 32mm) scale First Strike Playing Mat and First Strike Armoured Containers from Games Workshop.

You can totally cover the outside of the First Strike Armoured Containers with tiles from The Eiras Contract tiles without overlapping. If you turn the container scenery upside down, you can fill the bottom with tiles. You can also cover the inside walls with the tiles, but there will be a small overlap.

 

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Resources - First Strike Playing Mat miniature scenery from Games Workshop

Official

Games Workshop: First Strike: A Warhammer 40,000 Starter Set: Official webpage.

Contents overview

 

Review

 

Size comparison

 

Building

 

Painting

 

Painting progress

 

Showcase

 

 

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Buying the product - First Strike Playing Mat miniature scenery from Games Workshop

Base set price (Warhammer 40.000 Ed8: First Strike Starter Set): 32,5 EUR / 25 GBP / 40 USD

Company Set price (2017)
Price / mini (2017)
Games Workshop

Warhammer 40.000 Ed8: First Strike Starter Set (60010199018) (32,5 EUR / 25 GBP / 40 USD)
Contains:

EUR / GBP /  USD

Where can you buy it?

Games Workshop: First Strike: A Warhammer 40,000 Starter Set: Official webpage.

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Do you have the First Strike Playing Mat miniature scenery from Games Workshop? How do you like it? Would you recommend it to others? What further uses can you come up with? Tell your opinion in the comments!

 

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