Thursday, 5 February 2015

Examples of our Napoleonic Markers

I like the use of subtle markers on the table rather than any paper notations or obvious coloured objects to distract from "the look" of the tabletop.

These do not have to be elaborate affairs nor do they need much effort to create.  I have done much of the work of these while waiting for the wife to finish dressing before going out,  and such.  Ten minutes of quick gluing a bit here and there can add up to finishing these mini-projects.

In our last game, Seth and I found that our corps morale requirement required us to remember which corps needed to test the following turn.  Even with only two of us and a quiet environment, we had to resort to an ad-hoc marker to remind us.  Seth finally suggested perhaps a flag or something, joking that it could be a white flag... as I was about to conduct my first test..... har, har....

A good idea nonetheless , I looked at what materials I had at hand.  Lots of those GW plastic bases with thick black edges so keeping with our basing look.  I have plastic toothpicks so, picking out the green ones as not to need paint for quick practicality and for that subtlety, mind you.. I cut them into half as height is not really the issue and hot glued them onto the plastic bases.  I cut some paper into flag shaped bits and wrapped it around the toothpick while creating the wind-wave (this I did while during commercial breaks in between my rare viewing of TV - I have no sympathy for those who say they have no time...lots of time if not wasted...rant over ).   Finally terraining the base itself to blend it into the environment.

The photo shows the 'Corps Morale' marker in action along with some of the twenty I created to cover any size of game hopefully.

The other markers are for the other various conditions;  the square blocks for, well, formations in square;  the abandoned pack for disorder, the wagon wheel for limbered status of the artillery and the ball bearings indicating ammunition status, previously required.
close up of the various markers for our Napoleonics game




10 comments:

  1. I like! Great idea that is well worth stealing!

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    1. If it's on the net, it is public domain so I am honoured that you think it worth the theft :-)
      cheers

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  2. Hmmm, so you may not like my white Litko skulls cluttering the tabletop, Doug. :) Just kidding, nice markers and great ideas.

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    1. yeah don't get me started about those **** Litko things! :-))

      Blending is the thing!
      take care

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  3. Creative and beautiful job, love this marker!

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  4. Great idea! Good inspiration.

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    1. Wow, all this inspiring and all....

      Usually the simplest is the best approach
      ...cheap anyway! :-))

      thanks for the comment
      ...DougH

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  5. Brilliant! And one of the benefits of working in a larger scale. I'm still using the cardboard chits that came with Napoleon's Battles 1st Edition. Interestingly, the 3rd Edition introduced coloured cubes as markers and these seem to be easier to handle. I still have ambitions to to come up with Fire and Fury type markers for Napoleon's battles using a mix of dead and wounded figures.

    If I was to go to big bases, I would also need markers to show any subtle changes in formation that I couldn't do by rearranging bases.

    Thanks for sharing. I really like seeing your Napoleonics. Most inspiring.

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    1. Subtlety for formation changes? Hmm, how about shapes cut from thicker card and covered in your usual terrain style? Square shapes for, well, squares; triangles for columns (like an arrow), a long thin rectangle for line formation; and if used, a square with one end with a pointed bit (combination of square and column designs as it were ) to indicate a closed-column of Austrian fame.

      an idea anyway. cheap and easy enough to do I would think.

      thanks for the kind words as always,
      cheers

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