I haven't bought many miniatures this year, for various reasons, but one of them was to save up so I could buy a Realm of Battle Gameboard. These days I don't get much time to game, and I am not always able to play in my garage using my using gaming table--frequently I have to travel. So I found the portability of the Realm of Battle Gameboard very appealing. So I thought I'd give this thing a try and see how it works out.
The box arrived, and it is massive. I believe that GW said it was about 30 lbs, and they weren't kidding.
The board pieces pack tightly into the bag, so if you intend to put static grass on them (like I do), you really want to protect them from the bag itself and from each other by separating each piece with some bubble wrap, and use care when packing/unpacking them. (the bubble wrap is not included in the package--I'm just displaying some as an example.
The back of each piece shows the ribbing that reinforces them. It really gives each piece some heft, and makes them sturdy.
The clipping system is a weak spot--it's really meant to just hold the pieces together, not create a solid freestanding table that you can lean on. If you're going to lay the gameboard on the floor or on top of another table, I don't think that you really need the clips. The individiual board pieces have plenty of heft to them, so once they are lined up in place it will take a bit of force to shift them. That is, unless someone collides with the table or something, which would send all your minis flying anyway.
Also, to attach the clips, you have to flip over the board pieces and put them face down. They are pretty fiddly and take some force to attach, so you need to take a lot of care not to damage your nicely static-grassed surface. I'll have to see how it works in practice, and go from there to decide whether or not I want to use the clips.
Here's an example of two of the pieces attached. (I didn't have time to set up the entire board--that will have to wait until another post.