No X-Wing Miniatures gaming mats in the UK? A problem solved (updated 10/10/12)

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.

11 thoughts on “No X-Wing Miniatures gaming mats in the UK? A problem solved (updated 10/10/12)”

  1. Some folk have asked about measurements. You have to ring and ask Kim to sell you a meter of fabric, otherwise you’ll be left baboozled by the World of Quilting.

  2. Great minds think alike or foolish gamers with cash in their pocket seldom differ. :) See my latest blog post for star wars of glory.
    I love the look of that cloth, i was thinking of heading down the plain piece of black cloth and flicking some white paint on it, spitting airbrush would do? So off to the haberdashery, now there’s something you won’t here me say that often, Grace brothers anyone…

  3. I dropped them an email to see if they were getting a re-stock and it seems the fabric has been discontinued by the manufacturers.

    Back to the drawing board I guess.

      1. I just rang ‘Fat Quarters’ and they have a NEW type of space fabric incomming shortly. She is sending me a pic when its available so will keep you guys posted and thanks for the heads up :)

  4. I really like your cloth so I looked it up on the web to try to find another supplier (I have contacted Kim and will be buying some of her new space material too – got to support business in the UK)
    I found this website: http://www.fabrichotel.com
    They are sending me 2.5 yards of the ‘magenta’ variant of your same cloth, including postage to UK for $17 or ~£11.
    Here’s the link – http://www.fabrichotel.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=5139
    I haven’t actually received it yet and don’t have any idea how long it will take – will post back when it arrives.

    1. That’s great, thanks for highlighting Michael. Glad to see someone found anothjer retailer. It will be interesting to see how long it takes and what, if anything, you get charged by Customs.

      Let us know how you get on.

  5. Came across this article whilst looking for a good alternative to the GF9 mats in the UK. It seems that our options in the UK are still a little limited in this area…although I did find these mats on Amazon recently: <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Deep-Space-Vinyl-Gaming-Battle/dp/B00GXA269Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396632874&sr=8-1&keywords=deep+space+vinyl+gaming+battle+mat"http://www.amazon.co.uk/Deep-Space-Vinyl-Gaming-Battle/

    I decided to get one and it arrived a couple of days ago…well worth the money. Great quality and great design.

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