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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian23 Aug 2016 3:07 p.m. PST

* yes
* no
* not any more
* what?

Hafen von Schlockenberg23 Aug 2016 3:09 p.m. PST


Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2016 3:11 p.m. PST

Never Uuuuglyyyyyyy!

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut23 Aug 2016 3:17 p.m. PST

Only when Bashytubits forces me to.

Winston Smith23 Aug 2016 3:20 p.m. PST

I use plastic cabone curtain rings.

jeffreyw323 Aug 2016 3:22 p.m. PST


Who asked this joker23 Aug 2016 3:22 p.m. PST


Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2016 3:37 p.m. PST


rmaker23 Aug 2016 3:40 p.m. PST

No, but, like Winston, I use plastic rings for some games. And I use colored lengths of balsa for others.

JimDuncanUK23 Aug 2016 3:47 p.m. PST


Either properly sceniced casualty markers or even markers with a die holder.





peterx Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2016 3:56 p.m. PST

Nope. Dice when wounds are counted on a stand.

45thdiv23 Aug 2016 3:57 p.m. PST

For most of my gaming I use markers or casualty figures behind the units. But as I go up in scale (1/30 or 1/6) and the need to track wounded figures in skirmish games becomes important, I use red caps.


21eRegt23 Aug 2016 4:25 p.m. PST

Clutter is clutter. So while I didn't use caps, we used rings or bits of pipe cleaner that moved from left to right across bases to denote casualties. Rosters are just too open to mistakes.

Personal logo svsavory Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2016 4:25 p.m. PST

Yes, on occasion, even though they are quite ugly. However, most of the games I play (such as Fire & Fury) require removal of whole stands instead.

Weasel23 Aug 2016 4:30 p.m. PST

Just tiny dice but most games dont need them, I find.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2016 4:31 p.m. PST


ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2016 4:34 p.m. PST

Yes for a few games in the past.

Lucius23 Aug 2016 4:39 p.m. PST

I tried them once in the early 80's. Hated them.

I'd rather use a die or a Litko counter. Or a roster.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2016 4:50 p.m. PST

I've moved away from caps, but I think caps look better than dice.

Personal logo PzGeneral Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2016 4:53 p.m. PST


Dynaman878923 Aug 2016 5:00 p.m. PST

Rings not caps, but yes.

Personal logo Condotta Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2016 5:02 p.m. PST

Yes. We use figure removal, and base units so figures can be removed, but occassionally caps are used if more convenient. We have thousands of figures on the table and the few caps do not affect the spectacle.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2016 5:16 p.m. PST

I'll use casualty caps--or those silly rings--only when they stop making toothpicks, pipe cleaners casualty figures and small dice. But sometimes local custom has left me no choice.

vtsaogames23 Aug 2016 6:09 p.m. PST

Not since the 70's.

Lascaris23 Aug 2016 6:27 p.m. PST

Yup sure do. Never saw a problem with them.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Aug 2016 6:44 p.m. PST

Curtain rings. What's wrong with that?

attilathepun4723 Aug 2016 9:08 p.m. PST


Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2016 9:18 p.m. PST


Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2016 10:07 p.m. PST

Yes, but it depends upon the game and how the figures are mounted. Coyotepunc was complaining because we used them for wound markers in Frostgrave. I also used them to denote a wizard's eye spell.

advocate23 Aug 2016 10:53 p.m. PST

Markers or dice, NEVER caps, rings, toothpick s or pipe-cleaners: I hate the look.
But then I guess I never played a game that had large units with eah figure being a potential casualty without figure removal. Not sure what I would do in that case – maybe a dice for smaller numbers of hits and a casualty figure for every six hits?

JARROVIAN Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2016 12:58 a.m. PST

Clear plastic curtain rings for 15mm

Ottoathome24 Aug 2016 1:14 a.m. PST

NEVER! These are guaranteed plume and sword breakers.

I don't count casualties. The whole unit is affected and is either disorganized, broken, or eliminated entirely. I also use "big units" 28 privates, 2 musicians, 2 NCO, 1 officer, 1 color bearer on one big 4"by 8" stand.

Eumelus24 Aug 2016 1:54 a.m. PST

We use cotton smoke (white or black) on the unit, or small pebbles (natural, black, or dark red) placed behind, or casualty figures, depending on the rules. It's funny how back in the day casualty caps, i.e. "trash bags of doom", didn't faze us, but now we would never "harsh the aesthetic" in that manner.

coopman24 Aug 2016 3:53 a.m. PST


Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2016 4:37 a.m. PST

Nope. Our figures are all individually based and then mounted on magnetic unit stands. Figure casualties are then individually removed.

daler240D24 Aug 2016 5:00 a.m. PST

ugly clutter

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2016 7:59 a.m. PST

I use rings. I would like to use something as efficient and identifiable which fits in better.

BelgianRay24 Aug 2016 9:55 a.m. PST

No way, keep it realistic plse and remove casualty per casualty. And better yet, replace a removed casualty by a casualty figure.

colkitto24 Aug 2016 10:02 a.m. PST

No. But I was never very sure what they actually were, so was never tempted.

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2016 10:21 a.m. PST


Timmo uk24 Aug 2016 10:43 a.m. PST

Caps/rings no they look horrible and are best consigned to wargames history IMHO.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2016 11:56 a.m. PST

Yes. It is part of the ethos of gaming.

MajorB24 Aug 2016 1:23 p.m. PST

Caps and rings just look horrible. Never used either. There are better ways.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2016 2:40 p.m. PST

I hate caps but I do use rings. For very large 15mm and 28mm games like we play, rings just work better. Our bases have 4 or 5 figures on them. I have small rings for 15mm and larger ones for 28mm. I haven't found a system that works better.

For our TSTAF single base 28mm games we just remove the figure. I do use a painted prone figure as a marker for units which go prone, in 15mm and 28mm.

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2016 12:16 p.m. PST

Have used rings for casualties in the past and present and small caps to denote morale status. (Hence the phrase used in our group, "The Yellow Hat of Shame.")

arthur181525 Aug 2016 1:24 p.m. PST

Never used them, and wouldn't want to do so.

Ghecko29 Aug 2016 1:59 p.m. PST

Never. I just use small counters.

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