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AC196330 Aug 2017 10:27 a.m. PST

I'm putting together two PBI armies, one German and one British.

The German platoons can be equipped with Panzerfausts, up to a maximum of two for every rifle base.

I would like to indicate this by have a base with a couple of Panzerfaust armed firgures and a counter to show the remaining rounds.

The best counter I have come up with so far is a double MDF dice frame that will hold two 7mm dice.

Obviously I could just keep sets of counters or tiddlywinks for each platoon by the side of the table but I like my idea better.

But is anyone aware of a better counter to go on the base rather than using dice?



Personal logo Unlucky General Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2017 11:37 a.m. PST

A few years back I made a stack of numbered counters by gluing 1cm square printed out paper on 3 mm MDF. Just numbers one through to five for me but I find myself using them for all sorts of rules – generally for fatigue or casualties but you can use different counters to count down or up. I've got used to them and don't find them particularly intrusive.

BuckeyeBob30 Aug 2017 1:32 p.m. PST

you could have a single PF soldier that you place on the base (or next to it) to show that the base is PF armed. Soldier facing forward is 2 PF's and facing to the rear would be 1 PF.

AC196330 Aug 2017 2:46 p.m. PST

Thanks for the suggestions.

I don't think the single PF figure will work that well. Although max number of PFs is 2x number of rifle bases, they are owned by the platoon as a whole. So one rifle base could fire all the PFs if required, not limited to two. So the count needs to be maintained at platoon level. That was why I was thinking of single base of PFs per platoon with a frame holding two, maybe three 7mm D6s.

Just checking whether there is something better than dice to maintain the count.


Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Aug 2017 3:06 p.m. PST

I like dials, flocked appropriately. For Fausts just put a faust armed figure on the base!



Fire at Will30 Aug 2017 11:02 p.m. PST

In 20mm I use counters with SHQ panzerfausts (sold seperately) mounted on them to keep check.

AC196331 Aug 2017 11:38 p.m. PST

These circular counters look nice. I have a couple of reservations, not showstoppers just something I need to consider

1 – the link is for a US supplier. Prefer to provide a UK one. A US retailer is not out of the question but often becomes too expensive with shipping and import taxes/fees (if order is over £15.00 GBP).

2 – in theory I need a count upto 16. I say in theory – this is based on a maximum of two PFs per rifle/smg base and in PBI a late war German infantry platoon can have up to six rifle and two smg bases. In reality though, you probably wouldn't have a platoon that big and even if you did you probably wouldn't pack it out with maximum PFs. So a count of 10 or 12 should be plenty.



Rob Richardson01 Sep 2017 11:21 a.m. PST

If you have a friend with a 3d printer, you could have them print a plateful of panzerfausts. Having them commercially printed would be prohibitively expensive, but DIY, 40 of them wouldn't cost more than a dollar. Print time would probably be a day.

Free .stl files are available, here for example: link Scaling up or down is really easy.

Then make small bases with either one or two PF on them.

AC196304 Sep 2017 8:57 a.m. PST

Hi Rob,

Thanks for the idea. As it happened I have recently bought a 3D Printer – it is on the slow boat from China.

But I'm not entirely sure what you mean. At first I thought you meant to print a load of PFs (Just the rocket launcher itself)to use as tokens but then you said put two on a base so not sure what the idea was.

In 15mm the PFs would be tiny so I Don't think they would work well as individual tokens.



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