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Personal logo PzGeneral Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2017 2:14 p.m. PST

Getting ready to play v4, has anyone done a template for data cards yet? I can make my own, but saving Excel time gives more painting time wink



Nathaniel Inactive Member01 Apr 2017 3:15 p.m. PST

I have a game scheduled so I need to get cards done for by April 27th. I'm not using excel (yet? ever?) as I'm still making the background images and haven't gotten to the point of adding text boxes:

I'm not a graphic designer, so it's pretty slow going. The end result should be something where you can edit the text, though it might involve leaving lines blank like the differentiated numbers below motivation when things have "Last Stand" or whatever.

durecell01 Apr 2017 3:34 p.m. PST

Someone made some in the unofficial flames of war facebook group. It was a few days ago so you might need to scroll down to find it and it's also a closed group so you can't see anything if you're not a member.

Nathaniel Inactive Member01 Apr 2017 4:01 p.m. PST

Found this link, apparently made by a guy named Doug:


It's very much a brute force approach where a grid is made out of tiny rows and collumns in excel, but it should work. Though it looks like I'll have to play with some font sizes to get everything to work in OpenOffice/LibreOffice.

I'm still going to move forward with my templates, but these will definitely work.

Nathaniel Inactive Member01 Apr 2017 4:54 p.m. PST

The direction I'm headed:

The plan is to have pictures of the actual miniature right on the card. So I'm reading up on how to take good pictures with a white background to make editing it in easier.

I need to read up on how to make a fillable PDF with cells on top of a background image with the font being the right colour and all that.

Nathaniel Inactive Member01 Apr 2017 5:34 p.m. PST

Looks like common board game card sleeves come in 70x110 and 80x120. The Flames of War cards are 80x110 (of course). So do I change the size slightly (either making them slightly wider or slightly shorter) or cut my sleeves with an exacto and a metal rule?

I'll see which sleeves my local store has the next time I'm in there and then decide.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Apr 2017 6:28 p.m. PST

I made cards for V3 in Powerpoint available link

Nathaniel Inactive Member01 Apr 2017 6:56 p.m. PST

So now I just need to crack the fillable pdf with font colour over a background puzzle. If I can't I'll just have to do it one at a time in an image editing program.

I made some changes like removing the little side and front silhouettes and the word ROF from the weapons. As well as abbreviating anti-tank and firepower to AT and FP.

Nathaniel Inactive Member01 Apr 2017 7:58 p.m. PST

Changed the green for the American one:

Not sure about the border for the Soviet one:

Personal logo PzGeneral Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2017 4:56 a.m. PST

Nathaniel, those look great!

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Apr 2017 7:32 a.m. PST

Here are mine (I use pictures from the FoW webn site)


BY the way, I gave up on these a while back. Instead I went to a combined QRS/Roster.

Each pahse of the turn gets a section on the QRS. And right in that section are the stats for your units. So in the Movement section there is a place for you to record all the movement rates, special rules etc. for your units.

No more flipping back and forth in the rule book, no more looking for cards, which in our games always get lost.


vagamer63 Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2017 9:39 a.m. PST

Then there is the Info and Points cost for each sized unit that is on the back of the card!

Nathaniel Inactive Member02 Apr 2017 12:06 p.m. PST

I haven't gotten to the card backs yet. When there's room, I think I'm going to include even more info on the back. If there's something on the front that needs explaining I'll probably put the rules text on the back, even if it is an universal rule. Maybe little reminders based on the unit type like "Cannot initiate assaults but may counter attack."

As for Rosters vs Cards, intellectually I'd probably back rosters, but in the handful of V4 and Team Yankee games I've played, I enjoyed having the cards. When I participated in a multiplayer game, it was easy to divide up the forces just by splitting up the pile of cards. I've also played my share of Warmachine and X-Wing, so I'm used to having a space near the play area where I keep all my cards in a nice organized manner. Even though having a roster that's also a reference sheet is probably better as it's *one* accessory to pick up.

pigasuspig02 Apr 2017 4:53 p.m. PST

I've done some as well, see:

All the Open Fire units, plus a couple other Brits and Germans are done so far. Files are SVGs, so you can modify them in Inkscape.

Nathaniel Inactive Member02 Apr 2017 5:37 p.m. PST

I think I'm going to start over with a vector based program. Inkscape looks like such a better choice than the crappy openoffice drawing program I was using.

Spartanwarlord30308 Sep 2017 6:57 p.m. PST

So I made a few power point templates. Easy to use and manipulate. Outside of that I am an idiot when it comes to downloading or where I can link this to so others can use it if the would like. Help?

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