One thing that many rulesets have in common is the use of markers on the table - maybe even more so the WW2 and modern wargames. To indicate overwatch, units being pinned, shock or something else.
Being somewhat allergic to dice and other glaring objects on a gaming table that we try our best to be visually pleasing it was long overdue to make some proper and suitable markers for wargaming.
The idea is to have the markers look good on the table but at the same time be as clear as possible and at the very least it should be possible to tell one type of marker from another without to much trouble.
Bolt Action, to give an example, put dice next to each unit activated to show one of the six possible actions taken: Fire, Advance, Run, Ambush, Rally and Down. Our solution is instead to have a marker for each of those actions to put on the table. Bolt Action might not end up as our go to ruleset for WW2 but by using that number of different actions we pretty much have covered the need for markers for any other ruleset as well.
We settled for a system of using coloured flowers, rocks, bushes and the shape of the markers themselves. The flowers are from Noch. Warbases provided excellent and quick service and provided the bases needed, including some custom bases. In particular we wanted an Overwatch/Ambush marker that indicate a 90 degree arc as in Chain of Command a unit on Overwatch cover a 90 degree arc of fire. Also some triangles were useful, among other things they will be used for Chain of Command's "tactical" advance. i e a unit that advances carefully.
What marker that will indicate what will naturally vary between the rulesets but hopefully we now have most bases covered.
|Yellow flowers. For example "Fire".|
|A single stone. For example "Advance" or "Walk".|
|Two stones. For instance "Run" i e double pace.|
|An arc with a bush. For example Overwatch/AmBUSH, get it. ;-)|
|White flowers. For instance "Rally".|
|Red flowers. For instance "Down".|
|Triangles. For example "tactical" advance.|
|Hexagons. Shock/Pin etcetera markers. With the larger hexagons being used for higher values. |
We will add casualty figures to some large hexagons but wanted some generic "blank" as well.