We recently purchased the Games Workshop City Ruin battle mat so that we could have a varied and exciting board to play on. We have 2 boards that are both urban in style and use a grey base as the theme for the table, so we thought this would be a great addition to give our battle reports a bit more variety and colour. The mat is 4′ x 4′, which is great for small to medium sized battles at around 1,500 points or so. A battle that’s any larger in points would make the playing area really crowded, and units would have very limited movement. It would be best to have smaller battles so that your armies can move around the battle area freely, without having to worry too much about your own units blocking eachother.
The graphic on the battle mat is fairly good quality to say that it’s printed on to neoprene and has some great details in areas like the collapsed bridge and the tank tracks left in the dusty desert area. The name ‘City Ruin’ doesn’t feel right for this mat though, as the mat is around half city and half desert. I feel the mat should have a different name like ‘City Outskirts’ or something along those lines, as it isn’t predominantly city ruins on the graphic. However, the mat does look good with the grey/concrete urban areas contrasting with red/earthy colour of the desert parts.
The mat can be rolled out on any surface and the rubber on the bottom helps to stop the mat from slipping. When packing the mat up you could either fold it up and put it back in it’s box, or roll it up and keep it in a cupboard or somewhere suitable. If the mat is rolled up, it should reduce the amount of creases too, but if there are any creases they can be ironed out fairly easily.
As you can see from the above pictures, the mat is a great back drop for any battles and would be perfectly suited for the look of Adeptus Mechanicus with their red desert bases. The mat gives a more realistic look to the back drop of any battles and is a great idea if you want to have a small quick game as it doesn’t take any time to set up. Adding a few terrain pieces really helps bring the board to life to give a more city feel to the board. The promethium pipelines and armoured crates you can get from Games Workshop would be ideal scenery pieces for this mat to compliment the desert areas.
If there are any creases in the mat, they can be easily ironed out so that you have a nice flat surface for your games.
The mat can be folded and should be fairly crease free, thanks to the thick neoprene and rubber material that the mat is printed on.
To try the mat out, we had a 1500 point game of Blood Angels vs Tyranids. It was a fun game and looking back at the pictures, it looked great in our Instagram feed, because it was a nice contrast to the boards we usually play on. One of the things that we’re not that keen on about the mat is that some areas have walls and elevated parts that look 3D. We think that these areas should have not been so pronounced as it feels like you’re restricted to the confines of the walls, rather than moving around them freely. You could play the walls and slightly elevated parts as difficult terrain, but we decided not to, as we felt it would impede the movement of units too much.
The corners of the mat are rounded and doubled stitched which makes the edges of the mat pretty durable and flexible. Overall it’s a great gaming mat that takes a second to set up and looks great for your games and battle reports. We would give the mat 8/10 as we feel the graphic could look a little crisper in places, when you look at it close up. It would be a good purchase if you have a gaming group that can split cost of the mat which is £50 from the Games Workshop website. It’s a great way to get a good quality gaming surface without spending too much money and spending a lot of time making your own.
Product images sourced from www.games-workshop.com
We’ll be using this City Ruin battle mat in future battle reports, so make sure you check out our Instagram account!