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Lonely Gamer07 Aug 2019 3:54 p.m. PST

I have finally found a use for my turn counters ( other than using them as turn counters!! )
I made some PIN counters for Bolt Action, although they could also be used as wound counters for other games.

I have put a quick post on my site explaining how I made them, see what you think.


RudyNelson07 Aug 2019 5:03 p.m. PST

The use of d4 dice have been used in several areas for awhile.

Old Contemptible08 Aug 2019 6:10 a.m. PST


I have seen this done before and it works quite well. I plan on doing something similar. I don't like a lot of markers on the table either, in any of my games. One of the things I don't like at about BA is that it's marker heavy.

I find it odd that every player wants to use their own markers. The battlefield gets littered with all sorts of weird stuff, from poker chips to the helmet on the rifle.

Unfortunately the guys I game with, don't really care much about the looks of the games. I am just the opposite and the only one who does.

Old Contemptible08 Aug 2019 6:17 a.m. PST

I have also been thinking of a way to replace the order dice on the table. Maybe representing it by a figure in some way. A prone figure to represent a unit that is down. That sort of thing. Maybe paint them grey or give them a different colored base.

Mutant Q08 Aug 2019 7:40 a.m. PST

Has anyone found a quick and easy way to paint or ink the numbers. I try, but I end up making a mess.

Lonely Gamer08 Aug 2019 9:57 a.m. PST

@RudyNelson I have used dice / tiddly-winks / tiny round plastic rings / all sorts of things but I don't like the look of any of them, so when I saw my opponent place one of these type of pin markers on the table I knew that I wanted to make something similar.

It really is just a personal preference, nothing really against anyone using what they want.

Lonely Gamer08 Aug 2019 10:01 a.m. PST

@Old Contemptible yeah I tend to take lots of photos of my games, when I remember to have my camera with me! and I hate it when I see lots of oddities on the table around the figures… it just looks wrong to me.

Never thought about replacing the order dice, although I do normally remove them before taking photo's, I would be interested in seeing what you come up with.

Lonely Gamer08 Aug 2019 10:04 a.m. PST

@Mutant Q sorry what numbers?

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2019 11:29 a.m. PST

Good job, LG. I hate markers and table clutter as well. I have seen great look game photos spoiled with chips, playing cards, unit cards, etc. I understand that it is a personal thing/level of tolerance but, to me, they really detract from the game.

Lonely Gamer08 Aug 2019 1:19 p.m. PST

@79thPA thanks, I agree the "clutter" on the gaming table can spoil a good photo of a great game.
And I agree, as I said before it is a personal thing.

Old Contemptible08 Aug 2019 4:30 p.m. PST

Photoshop helps. I can usually remove dice, rules, charts, pencils, markers and the occasional body part from the photo. But it is time consuming and very tedious.

Lonely Gamer10 Aug 2019 11:50 a.m. PST

@Old Contemptible I normally use Photoshop to remove any evidence of my bad dice rolling!!! ;O)

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