Welcome to our review of the 6×3 Clash of Nebulas battle mat, a gaming surface suitable for use with space combat games such as Star Wars X-Wing, Armada, and Star Trek: Attack Wing. Artistic Impressions produce a wide range of these gaming mats, we’ve previously reviewed their Urban Commando and Battleground Gaming Mats which are great for wargames like Warhammer 40k.
Artistic Impressions kindly agreed to send us a Clash of Nebulas mat for this review. Our 6×3 Clash of Nebulas battle mat arrived in a thick cardboard tube which will be useful for storing and transporting this mat in future. This 6×3 battle mat is priced at £37.50 (around $57) excluding VAT, and other sizes are available depending on your game system of choice.
Apart from the delivery information, the other stickers on this tube let you know how to keep in touch with Artistic Impressions either over on their website or the Artistic Impressions Facebook page.
The ends of the cardboard tube are capped with plastic lids and there is also a small ball of bubble wrap to ensure the edges of the battle mat are protected during storage/transport. The mat itself is contained in a plastic bag, protecting the printed surface from rubbing against the inside of the tube. This allows Artistic Impressions to roll these mats with the printed side facing out, meaning when you unroll it, you shouldn’t get edges trying to curl up towards you.
Removing the mat from all of its protective packaging, we can already see this is going to be a high quality printed surface.
According to the info on the Artistic Impressions site, this material is a high quality 510gsm blockout PVC vinyl. It definitely does feel like a durable plastic that should last a long time and have no trouble being rolled and unrolled many times.
The playing surface of the mat is printed using fade resistant UV inks at a high resolution of 600 dots per inch, and the reverse is a plain grey colour.
The artwork on this mat is absolutely beautiful, there’s so many details to discover. Here’s a few shots of the star clusters and vivid red and blue gas nebula that’s going to be the backdrop to our tabletop space battles.
Here you can see our Clash of Nebulas battle mat rolled out in all it’s glory. It clearly defines our 6×3 playing area which is perfect for several popular tabletop space combat games such as the Star War X-Wing miniatures game. As with most of the Artisitic Impressions mats, it also available in a range of other sizes, anything from 3×3 to 6×4 in this case.
Here is the Clash of Nebulas battle mat in action, providing a stunning cinematic backdrop to this Star Wars X-Wing battle. There’s such a massive difference between playing on a mat like this compared to just a tabletop or using a simple black sheet to mark out your area of space.
One game we’ve been dying to try out here at Graven Games is Star Wars Armada, here you can see some of the miniatures and accessories from the Armada Starter Set along with the Clash of Nebulas battle mat.
Battle mats like this one create a beautiful and immersive battlefield, and being 6×3 feet makes this a good size for many popular space combat games. Most of these games now come with great-looking miniatures, and a printed backdrop like this does them justice and helps bring the games to life. Head over to http://www.artisticimpressionsuk.com to see the full range of designs and sizes available.