Reading the forums over at Fantasy Flight Games there appears to be a paucity of appropriate ‘galaxy’ orientated gaming mats in the UK. This isn’t the case in the US where our cousins are blessed with a range of choices, including the eye-catching Hotzmatz’s Deep Space gaming mats:
Whilst these are expensive and, by some accounts, dawdle off the production line one can always pop down to selected branches of Wal-Mart and pick up some suitable felt or get a 3′ by 3′ custom vinyl banner printed out:
Alas, these options are not so readily available in the UK, even in ASDA TerrrainMat are the only UK company I’m aware of that produce a ‘Galactic Map’. However, with an advertised 7 week wait and prices at around £35 plus P&P this doesn’t float my boat. I want a nice mat and I want it – urm – now…
One could follow the example of others and make your own. Whilst this is undoubtedly a noble endeavour I have neither the time, inclination or artistic ability to do so. From what little I’ve read costs can easily sky-rocket and the wife won’t thank me for having another board gathering dust in the corner of the conservatory.
So, after a few hours of trawling the internet I think I’ve sourced a viable alternative. I like the idea of using fabric to create an appropriate playable area on the kitchen table, but had difficulty finding a suitably printed fabric other than black. Fortunately, I stumbled upon Avlyn’s Space Navy 2700-127 available online from Newcastle based patchwork and quilting retailer, The Fat Quarters (apologies for the crease, I was so excited I took the photos straight out of the parcel!):
At £12 per square meter this colour rich opaque cotton fits the bill perfectly. Excellent customer service and prompt reasonably priced postage and packaging ensured my order was with me within 1 working day!
All set for Friday night’s dogfight with the sinister Darth Chris…dum, dum, dum, daa de dum, daa de dum…
UPDATE 10/10/12: Unfortunately, The Fat Quarters informs me that they’ve now sold out of this fabric following demand generated by Model Dads readers. No one can say we aren’t doing our bit for SMEs Sorry if you missed out.