Sunday 25 July 2021

Back to Block

One of the blocks I use - 29mm x 21mm x 12mm or half a Works style ‘not quite a Jenga block’. 

 I have taken a good look over my block army collection and have more or less settled on what I want to do to increase the scope of how I can use them. I have decided not to draw up any more labels but will instead opt to use some specially designed MDF tokens that will sit on the top of the appropriate block as required to designate specific troop types.

The plan now is to design the symbols that I want - these will not be counters as such - and then to submit the designs to Warbases for them to work their magic for me. At this stage I envisage using a single token per unit as required - for example a bow token would be deployed on a standard infantry or cavalry to indicate an archer or mounted archer type formation. Command and Colours: Medieval uses a counter in this way to distinguish bow armed cavalry so my idea is really just an extension of this.

For the modern period my initial thoughts are for token to represent HMGs, mortars and anti-tank units.

Another significant use will be to identify skirmish style formations or detachments. 

Getting the designs for the tokens right should not be too difficult and having these separate from the block increases their flexibility as well as meaning that I do not as many of them.

So, on to the planning!


Steve J. said...

Sounds like a good idea David and look forward to seeing what you come up with.

David Crook said...

Hi Steve J,

I have been meaning to tackle this upgrade to the block armies for ages so hopefully it will increase their usefulness. Whilst for the typical horse and musket period the blocks are fine as they having some bespoke items for the pre gunpowder and mechanised eras will be really handy.

I am also looking at some bespoke movement trays as well.

All the best,


The Jolly Broom Man said...

Some great ideas here matey. For icons I always google up the noun project and put in bows, for instance. You’ll get a selection of black and white icons that you can save as photos and paste into documents or emails or whatever.

David Crook said...

Hello there Jolly Broom Man,

Thanks old chap and also for the suggestion which I shall be taking a look at. I have drafted some preliminary ideas which certainly have some potential - I just need to tidy these up and get the end results to Warbases and we are then good to go.

All the best,