Posted on Dec. 5, 2017, 7:34 a.m. by Suns_Champion
Hi all! I'm buying a new playmat but can't decide on an art/artist! Just wanted some second opinions!
The one I already have is a Lord of the Rings piece by Greg and Tim Hildebrant:
I really like the Hildebrant brothers so I'm considering:
I'm also considering some Trina Schart Hyman art from the book Saint George and the Dragon, a childhood favorite:
Minor problem with these is that they're more or less square so cropping for a playmat might be an issue.
Which one(s) stand out to you all? Which do you like?
The one with the castle is pretty cool for a playmat. My personal preference is to have one that has a nice picture but isnt so busy that it pulls focus away from the cards being played.
December 5, 2017 7:51 a.m.
Definitely the "Fellowship" one, if that's all the options.
I have a couple of Deadpool ones that are pretty plain but awesome, so I get your "not too busy" bias.
December 5, 2017 2:55 p.m.
I think since you already own the first one the second pic is a great alternative. I like that they are similar enough they could be switched between sort of like having a night/day of the same landscape. As an example, if playing Rakdos the first one is great but if playing Selesnya the second is perfect. I also like the idea of having a landscape over character illustrations because while playing you aren't necessarily covering the focus of the art.
December 5, 2017 3:26 p.m.
Thanks for the input everyone!
The Saint George pieces by Hyman are all out... the sizing looks weird. Maybe for a mouse pad someday...
dlamars I think you hit the nail on the head! The Helm's Deep art was my #1 choice before but your points seal the deal!
December 5, 2017 4:32 p.m.
Gimme more of that Dragon gushing blood from his tail-stump.
December 5, 2017 5:42 p.m.
Yeah it was a tough choice haha
If the Saint George arts didn't have those red bars they'd work, but with them the cropping looks to wonky :(
But I'm thinking about collecting playmats so I may get all of these eventually haha