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Pvt Snuffy30 May 2019 10:56 a.m. PST

A couple of the air games I'm checking out have some height aspects, pretty abstract but seems like it would add a dimension to a game [pun intended].

OTOH, guys I know who play air / space games, say that 3D is for the birds [no pun intended].

Still, I think it would look cool if I represented the levels on the table with something as simple as a 1' square clear plastic tray of some kind.

Has anyone made or bough something suitable for this? I think it'd be best if they could be stacked for level 3 [so no tray is level 1, top of one tray is level 2, top of 2 stacked trays is level 3.

Anyone have some ideas or better yet already done this?

And if it is a total waste of time, why?

If it helps, the rules I'm checking out are Missile Threat and the Free download of C21 by David Manley.

Thanks for thoughts!

Toaster30 May 2019 12:49 p.m. PST

Ad Astra Games used to produce stackable height widgets though not in clear, can't find them on their website however so they may have stopped.


Stryderg30 May 2019 12:57 p.m. PST

You could try these: link
Put the mini on top of one, stack 2 and put a mini on that. I think that page has a link to a Litko product that is designed for minis (1 inch round base), but I didn't look too hard.

Tinned Stew30 May 2019 1:25 p.m. PST

I'd suggest lego pieces. like this:


They're built to stack.

If you're using magnets they already have a hole to receive one.

You can buy from Lego direct for 6p each in the UK or 7c each in the US

Walking Sailor Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2019 3:11 p.m. PST

Ad Astra used something like poker chips cut down to fit under the bases (they came with the game). Try a blue chip for 1,000 ft., a white chip for 5,000 ft., and a red chip for 10,000 feet.

Pvt Snuffy30 May 2019 5:37 p.m. PST

those are more like markers – I've already been given a bunch of XWing stuff, which is fine for modest heights and small models.

What I'm thinking of is more like a 4" square plexiglass sheet with 6" clear plexiglass rods raising it up off the table surface. Then just place the model atop it to indicate the height.

One could even leave a base on the 2D flat table as the "accurate" placement of the plane, and the little table would just add the appearance of height making it easy to see it was "higher".

After all, easy visual aids and looking cool…that's why we do miniatures and not boardgames, right?

Lion in the Stars30 May 2019 7:57 p.m. PST

Snuffy, Litko makes something like that in their board games section (I think I've seen it for Twilight Imperium fleet management).

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