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    Vistaprint has a 50% sale right now. I just ordered this image on a 4' x 6' vinyl banner for $32.49 ($42.71 with shipping & tax)

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    It will see it's first convention use at Council of Five Nations in September. Can't wait!

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    Ooohh! So nice.
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    You have to provide the picture to vistaprint, right?
    I've been needing a matt or 2 with 2" hexes, but I'm not sure how to produce the image.
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Found the source?

    www.spacetelescope.org - A lucky observation of an enigmatic cloud

    This could be separated into PDF sections, if desired?

    Perhaps using this online application a hex grid could be overlayed on the image, and get what you want?

    https://incompetech.com/graphpaper/hexagonal/
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Reduced resolution copy of a 36x36" grid of 2" hexes with the nebula image under a white grid:
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    Being that you didn't say what size of mat you needed, I guessed at the above. This isn't the printable version. That is 300dpi and 200Megs.
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    We've come a long way since I got 1" hexes printed onto various coloured paper to make my 1/285 micro armour board in the 80s.

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    must be for a ww2 philadelphia experiment scenario.

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    Or someone adapting Canvas Eagles rules with BSG minis?
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Gorgeous space mat, Peter! I have a smaller one I purhcased a while back for use with X-Wing that I am planning on using to begin with - it has a colorful nebula on it. But I really like this image you're using...

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Its very difficult to choose from all the amazing images available. I went with something on the less colorful side to start off with. I'm sure I'll get another one with more pizzazz.

    Matt, what size is the one you have for X-Wing? Maybe next one should be a bit smaller for non-convention games.

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    It's three foot by three foot from a company called Gamematz, Peter - quite a pretty little mat, to be sure. But certainly not large enough for convention purposes...I think the 4 by 6 size is optimal for a game of 8 to 14 players.

    All the best,
    Matt

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    3' x 3' sounds like a reasonable size for home play. At the moment I can't put up any of my 4' x 6' mats at home. I'll look into Gamematz, thanks.

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    4X6' mat with 2" grid

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    At this size, there is a bunch of pixelation, and that is from the original image. The 5meg image on the NASA web site, the best I can grab, is the one I used for this. But at 4x6', it is going to loose quality. I did as much brightness and contrast as possible to get rid of some of it. However, it is still not crystal clear.

    PS: There is a 2" Hex grid on the image, but the site upload process has compressed it.

    PPS: Redid the brightness to get some more cloud?
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    PPPS: The upload process is taking some of the definition away. Darn.
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    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Thanks for the effort, Mike, but I wasn't looking for a space matt with hexes. It was just a general comment with vistaprint.
    My need is for Check you 6 games.
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Nice map - shiny supernovas.
    Voilą le soleil d'Austerlitz!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jager View Post
    Thanks for the effort, Mike, but I wasn't looking for a space matt with hexes. It was just a general comment with vistaprint.
    My need is for Check you 6 games.
    Karl
    What location?

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    Midway Atoll, 2" Grid.
    Last edited by OldGuy59; 07-11-2019 at 22:47.
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Let me get back to you Sunday; right now, I'm too fried from OT at work to think (just react )
    But thanks in advance

    Peter: what product did you order from Vistaprint? Just so I'm clear (see above)

    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Moon Base Alpha Under attack

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jager View Post
    Let me get back to you Sunday; right now, I'm too fried from OT at work to think (just react )
    But thanks in advance

    Peter: what product did you order from Vistaprint? Just so I'm clear (see above)

    Karl
    Karl, from Vistaprint I order an indoor banner, no grommets or reinforcing. Pick you own dimensions.

    I have three 4' x 6' mats for wings, one countryside, one with the cliffs of Dover at the bottom short side, one mostly ocean with a few islands. I also have a 4' x 4' Rabaul and a 4' x 8' Guadalcanal.
    Now I have this nice space mat at 4' x 6'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christian59 View Post
    Moon Base Alpha Under attack

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    Cool!

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    It is, isn't it?!

    Awesome!!!!!

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    Looks like new matts will wait for next year. Too much on the docket.
    Thanks for the info, though, I'll see what I can do by then.
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Loving the mats posted above. Been playing around with some ideas for a DRADIS mat. Now I just need to find a printer. Click image for larger version. 

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