|Applied Perspective Mat|
The folds are only because it wasn't on a flat surface.
Then, in late November, I saw a link for a kickstarter by 2 astrophotographers (people who take pictures of stuff in space) that had really reasonable prices. One mat was $30, more mats were less per mat. I ended up buying 4 for $100, so $25 per mat. I got them early of all things, and I absolutely love the mats. The art pops off the mat, and really gives a new dimension to space battles. Since I'm a tournament organizer, it's great to have 5 mats for people to play on.
All of these mats are great, and each time I have to decide which one to play on. It's a nice problem to have. One of the things I wanted to do was to make the things I have look nice. I play a lot of STAW and X-Wing, so it makes sense to have nice play mats. Now, I fully admit that I don't need 5 of them, but it's really nice to have the variety. All of the kickstarter mats are on vinyl, which really stays put on a table, and keeps the ships from moving around too much. They're not perfect by any means, but they do their job of keeping ships there. At this point, the black mat is but a low cost memory.
I know storage on something like this is an issue, so here's what I've done. I have a poster tube, where I keep my mats. They're all rolled up together, with the images face out. Every time I roll them up, I roll in a different direction so I don't crease the mats, but I'm not too worried about that.
|My personal favorite|
|Close up of two ships on my favorite mat. |
You can see how the ships standout, as do the tokens.
|A battle that I wasn't in. This mat kinda absorbs the |
dominion ships, but it's still a great play surface.