Hotz Mats: Felt Game Mat Photo Gallery

The photos on this page were taken on the evening of July 8th, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The rules system we use is a modified version of the original 1979 edition of the Sci-Fi tank game: MAATAC (the modified version is a fast paced, fun and fierce playing game). This game scenario pitted the Carnivores vs the Aquarians.

The miniatures shown in the below photographs are all 1/285th scale, including the terrain (trees, resin building models, rough terrain markers, roads, etc). All game mats used in this game: the Ocean Front Game Mat, the Dirt Planet Cratered Game Mat, and including the Felt Highways System, are produced by Hotz Mats



"The Aquarian forces before deployment and the start of the game."


"The Aquarian forces emerge from the ocean and make there way toward the beach."


"The Aquarian forces emerge from the ocean and make there way toward the beach."


"The Aquarian forces start to cross the beach front and move toward their objectives."


"The Aquarian forces start to cross the beach front."


"By turn 4, just 60 minutes into the game, the Aquarians have destroyed 4 Carnivore tanks."


"An Aquarian casualty."


"One of two Aquarian objectives: The Carnivore landing pad and hangers."


"One of two Aquarian objectives: The Carnivore landing pad and hangers."



"One of two Aquarian objectives: The Carnivore landing pad and hangers."


"Carnivore landing-pad and hangers. In the distance, the Aquarians can be seen advancing."


"Carnivore landing-pad and hangers. In the distance, the Aquarians can be seen advancing."


"Overhead view of the battlefield."


"Aquarian infantry hacks its way through woods toward their objectives."


"One of many Carnivore casualties."


"The Aquarian objects: The processing plant (left) and the landing-pad/hangers (right)."


"The Aquarian objects: The processing plant (left) and the landing-pad/hangers (right)."


"The processing plant. Resin caste building models and a printed felt highway system."


"The Carnivores desperately defended the processing plant -- to the death."


"The Carnivores defending the landing pad and hangers -- to the death, as it turned out."


"The last of the Carnivore forces defend the processing plant. It was desperate fighting."


After Game Comments:

The Carnivore Forces were out numbered, but still did have a few advantages. However, the Carnivore style of fighting is to only engage an enemy at close range, not to fight it out from a distance. This is because the Carnivore tanks lack long range weapon systems. This rule of battle was forgotten, and as a result, the Aquarians had little trouble destroying the Carnivore Forces. The entire game took just over 2 hours. In all, there were 20 Aquarian vehicles along with 8 infantry squads, fighting 15 Carnivore vehicles with 4 infantry squads. The new modified rules played both fast and furious with all of the players (only one had played MAATAC before) stating: it was a very fast paced, smooth playing, fun game. Everyone is looking forward to playing again! Maybe the Terrans vs the Aquarians?

The game mats quickly became the focus of this game. As this was played out at our local game club, with an attendance of around 65 people, the game drew a small crowd, and a lot of incredible, extremely positive comments! Several people had to touch the Dirt Planet game mat to make sure the craters were in fact 2D "art", not 3D models. A number of these people expressed amazement when they discovered the craters were in fact 2D. Our cratered Planet game mats just look 3D!

Note on the tree models: These were purchased directly from China via the eBay Store: The Home Style. Although it may seem unlikely, there were nearly 350 individual tree models used in this game.




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