Monday, 1 February 2016


Many of the rules I play need multiple markers to track the condition of units on the table, and things can get cluttered very quickly.

Stealing the idea from some commercial laser cut MDF examples, I made some dial-type counters using a very simple recipe: each one needs two plastic 25mm bases, a pair of 2.5mm magnets, and a self-adhesive label (printed with the requisite range of numbers appropriate to your rule system). Drill a 2.5mm hole in the centre of both bases, glue in the magnets, stick a label on one disc and drill a 4-6mm hole (depending on the type size used on your labels) in the other disc and decorate to taste...

I used the lipped 25mm base from Warlord Games for the top disc, and the older, flat Warlord base for the bottom disc. (I generally use GW-style plinth bases for all my figures, so the Warlord bases would otherwise go to waste).

So far, I have kept most of the disk decoration era-neutral, as I intended the same dials to be used for Hail Ceasar and Black Powder (casualties), Saga (fatigue) and Bolt Action (pins). I have experimented with one World War 2-themed example, and will probably do a few more when the mood takes me.

I did, however, make a World War 2-themed bound/turn marker using the same approach - this one used a Privateer Press-style 50mm round-edged base for the bottom disk, and a 40mm plastic base of unknown origin (probably Gripping Beast) for the top disk. The figure is from Company B (it is meant to populate a staff car), the map table from the Warlord Games "High Command" vignette set, and the crate is from Die Waffenkamer's stowage packs.

Bolt Action Chain of Command Operation Squad Turn Marker

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