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Sherlockgeek19 Nov 2019 5:25 a.m. PST

I was wondering if anyone had done this? I want have a lot of games where writing key stuff on the base would be handy for quick stat checks and units.

Thanks in advance.

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2019 6:49 a.m. PST

I've plasticized most of my rosters and some documents for use with erasable pens, but not the miniature bases. A plastic coating or gloss clearcoat on the area you want to write over should provide the surface you need.

I find wet erase pens more useful. Dry erase marks tend to get erased by accident in handling. Miniatures get handled a lot by nature.

Wet erase pens are also available with very fine points, like felt tip pens. Dry erase markers only come in big chisel points and medium points that mash down to thick points pretty quickly.

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Wackmole919 Nov 2019 7:02 a.m. PST


I have laminated stripes with the stats for my Rommel units and glued them to nase.

The Tin Dictator19 Nov 2019 7:55 a.m. PST

Print the information on thin paper strips and use rubber cement to glue the paper to the edge of the bases. They're easily peeled off and replaced with new labels for the next game. Anytime you introduce markers or pens youre making it possible for someone to mark up your figures.

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Nov 2019 8:33 a.m. PST

I have used small pearlised buttons to good effect. Usually for generals who have specific values to be noted and seen. But which also need changing frequently. Then use a Staedtler non permanent black pen.

jamemurp19 Nov 2019 11:03 a.m. PST

Hrm, for 15mm skirmish bases, that would require some tiny writing! Even 40mm width bases doesn't provide much room.

If the game requires a lot of tracking, seems like Yellow Admiral's suggestion would work best- track it on a plastic sheet. A colored base ring, distinctive figure, etc. should be sufficient to identify the figure/base.

Sherlockgeek19 Nov 2019 2:36 p.m. PST

I am using 50mm bases (50mm x 100mm for vehicles) and it's because I want to do it for 5150 Battalion Commander and Alien Squad Leader. With the 5150 I want to put the leader rep and platoon and company to better track them.

Lion in the Stars19 Nov 2019 4:19 p.m. PST

Agree with Yellow Admiral, wet erase pens work better. You will still want to put down a healthy coat of gloss on your 'note strip'.

McLaddie19 Nov 2019 6:11 p.m. PST

Even clear shelving paper or shipping tape will work with dry erase pens. I simply tape over the stats with boxes to mark and that's it.

Logain19 Nov 2019 8:42 p.m. PST

Contact paper makes a great surface for wet or dry erase.

thomalley02 Mar 2020 4:08 p.m. PST

I have put "dry erase" tape on 2" x 1/2" wood blocks. Can use the blocks for any period. Use mainly to try out new rules. Don't see why you can't add to stands. Think I got the tape at Hobby Lobby, or somewhere like that. Roll looks like, and is sized like a roll of plain white duct tape.
FYI, the wood blocks are the mini Jenga sets you can find at the dollar store.

thomalley18 Apr 2020 7:06 a.m. PST

Also Avery makes a like of erasable labels. 7/8 by 2 and 7/8 inches. Handwrite with a permanent marker and erase when you need a change


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