Sunday, April 17, 2016

Historicon 2016 - Unit Cards

Clarence Harrison - While work continues on the models need for Historicon, I thought I'd throw up a quick post (I have to get back to painting)  to show a few of the other custom bits we'll be bringing along to enhance the game. The first up are unit cards.


Character and unit cards are completely unnecessary in Beneath the Lily Banners. However, I wanted those unfamiliar with the period (or even old hands since many of the unit standards had to be conjecture) to be able to easily identify their units and to that end I've made cards to hand out to the players. Each card has been customized with photos of the actual models. The unit cards also have space to track casualties and 'First Fire'. All of the cards will be in plastic sleeves and the marks can be wiped away after the game, good as new. The umpires will also maintain traditional paper rosters.

I intend to create a full set of these for my own collection as I enjoy using accessories like these at the table. I still get units mixed up (are Jyske or Fynske in green coats? Which red coated regiment had white cuffs and which was yellow?) and having the photos on cards makes it easier to concentrate on the action and allows me to easily identify units that covered themselves in glory or colonels that need to be shot!

Next week (I think) I'll have new order and condition makers to show off...

12 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to the 'con. Making something similar for my adaption of "Longstreet" for the War of 1812

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  2. I wish that I had your graphic arts talent. I'm very impressed with your cards.

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  3. Thanks!

    I wish they were something we could offer commercially. I COULD offer custom sets with photos provided by customers, but these are a bit labor intensive and would be expensive and I'm not sure it would be a practical offering. Maybe I could offer custom digital sets that the customers would print themselves? I suppose I should look into what that would cost if people are interested...

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  4. Lots to talk about after SALUTE yesterday Clarence. Several requests from our customers we can probably accommodate and which were genuinely good ideas

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  5. Cards are a great idea, I'd certainly find them useful for multiplayer games.

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  6. Hi Clarence - These look great. I would certainly be up for buying a set of these beautiful cards if you can find a way of making them work commercially. Great way of keeping track of who's who and casualties...!
    Peter

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  7. Hi Clarence,
    If the pictures on the unit cards focused on the flags would it matter that the uniforms might differ from your own collection? The leaders and artillery are more generic in any case.

    Toby

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    1. Possibly, but the difficulty will come in the fact that people will then have units we've not made cards for, or units we don't have (though I'm starting to think Barry has all of them). The idea is not totally dead and we are kicking around possibilities, along with uniform guides and a number of other supplemental products...

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