One of the constant dangers of taking photos of wargaming tables is the dreaded “wargamer’s crotch” – where the background of a picture is spoiled due to the proximity of a player’s lower body…because wargames tables always seem to be at that height, don’t they?
Games that have backdrops always look great – though admittedly these are great as long as they don’t actually get in the way of playing the game. Most of those you see have been painted by some artistically inclined wargamer, but what about those of use who can’t paint for toffee? (At least, not unless it’s a miniature…)
Well, Cigar Box Battles have just released two new mats which are aimed to be used as backdrops for your games.
The first is their Bright Blue Sky mat, suitable for just about anything. The second is a Blood Red Sky mat, which is probably far more suitable for sci-fi and fantasy games. Both mats should give a great background to your game table photos. They are priced at $55, which might seem a lot of money to part with, just to get some pretty pictures, but what price art, eh?
It’s a great idea – especially if you fancy taking some great looking photos of your games that really look the part. My only thought is that 4′ x 6′ does seem a little bit of overkill for the size of mat you would require. Unless you are using some really big buildings or models, I would have thought that a backdrop somewhere between 2′ or 3′ high would have been quite sufficient.
As to the UK rock music reference? Think back to the 70s and 80s, and I’m sure you will get the references 🙂