Post by ItsUncertainWho on Oct 5, 2014 7:29:16 GMT
A tooth brush, some fabric paint in white, grey, blue, yellow, and time is all you need to make a simple and varied star field. White, grey and blue at the minimum for colors though. You can't buy a star map for that cheap, although there are several companies that make nice mats that are always an option.
I made a 3x3 starfield with a piece of 1/4" board from Home Depot. Painted one side blue with coats of glass to emulate waves and painted the other side black and used the tooth brush method to apply stars. It has lasted for years and fits behind the piano. I've never gone in for fabric starfields. I usually play with my kids and can just see it getting bunched or pulled like the table cloth, lol.
I have a couple custom mats I use. One was a 3x3 piece of wood I spray painted a space scene on, the other ones I have were made by creating a space scene in Photoshop and then having my friend who works in a Vinyl Sign makers shop print them out 3x3
Was actually thinking about using them for space battles in RRT too.
First of Jaymz welcome to the XWing club. I bought a space type fabric at Walmart for $5 bucks in the fabric department. They cut it for u an charge u by the yard. My kid and I love it. He loves his imperials and me my rebel scum. It's the kind of game I wish I had in high school.
X-Wing is a fantastic game. Quick to play, simple rule set, constantly updated and relevant FAQs and pretty much ready to play out of the box.
The problem is that in my current gaming group, it's ALL anyone currently wants to play. I'm having a hard time getting my buddies to try out Robotech. Damn you Fantasy Flight!!!!
To get back to your original comment about the playing surface, there are a lot of commercial mats out there that you can pick up for less than $30 at many gaming stores. Most of them are vinyl and tend to scratch easily though as you move your ships/beer bottles around. As some of the others have commented, a felt alternative can be "homemade" by just buying a length of felt at your local fabric store or Walmart for less than $10.
As an alternative, I did order a custom mat from Holtz Mats (www.hotzmats.com/index.html) for a fairly descent price. It took a little while for the mat to be delivered but I am happy with the product.