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How do you indicate special individual weapons?

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 5:54 am
by black cavalier
By that i mean things like SMGs and assault rifles that dont have teams?

They need to be identified to know if they have LOS to the target. But non-team weapons would be hard to see 2-3' across the board.

Thanks

Re: How do you indicate special individual weapons?

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 8:47 am
by Archdukek
Depends on the scale of the figures you are using whether you can see the weapon. I have been known to use hex rather than round bases to pick out my Leaders who are usually the ones carrying the SMGs so that's rarely an issue. I don't use any troops with assault rifles but you could try a similar approach.

John

Re: How do you indicate special individual weapons?

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 9:51 am
by Morgan
If you wanted to do something subtle, you could put a particular colour of flower on the bases of those with different weapons. I'm doing that to pick out my 15mm JLs for the sake of anyone I play with who has reduced eyesight. The splash of colour should be quite visible but not jarring. In theory!

Re: How do you indicate special individual weapons?

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 11:58 am
by Seret
In 28mm you can just use WYSISWG, I have been known to put a rock on the base of LMGs to make them more obvious. It's not normally an issue for SMGs as they tend to get carrried either by leaders or the whole squad has them. The main exception would be British paras or late war German squads that have two SMGs, but you should be able to remember you've got a second SMG in there.

A lot of the time if you've got one special weapon in a squad (SMG, rifle grenade launcher, etc) then you'll want to be removing regular riflemen whenever you take casualties so you can be sure you've always got that other weapon in there.

Re: How do you indicate special individual weapons?

Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 3:03 am
by black cavalier
Thanks for the suggestions. I should have mentioned that this is for 15mm figures. & to make it more difficult, some squads I'm doing have both SMGs & assault rifles in the same group, so both need to be visually distinguishable within the same squad.

Re: How do you indicate special individual weapons?

Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 6:10 am
by Iorwerth
What I did was use different shaped bases and different sized bases to denote different things. I got my bases from minibits. I did the following:

15mm circular – riflemen

15mm squares – squad support weapons – had MG figures facing a side and anti-tank weapons facing the corner.

15mm Octagonal – crew. I also made all crew kneeling figures, which makes it even easier to spot them.

25mm circular (might have been 20mm but can’t remember off hand) – support options like forward observes, flame throwers, mortars, HMGs and so on.

25mm hexagonal (or 20mm?) – junior leaders.

25mm (or 20mm?) squares – senior leaders.

AT guns and such like – whatever base they could fit onto.

I find that makes it easy to see what is what without having to look closely. For assault rifles and smgs I would use 15mm hexagonal bases, but I haven’t done it yet, as haven’t yet used assault rifles, and with smg’s or pistol leaders I just tend t remember.

Re: How do you indicate special individual weapons?

Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 8:59 am
by Seret
You can also do things with how you decorate the base. Adding things like rocks, flowers or bushes are a nice way of indicating special figures and having a bit of variety in your bases.

Re: How do you indicate special individual weapons?

Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 2:46 pm
by siggian
In 28mm my troops have helmets JLs have soft caps, and SLs have peaked hats

Re: How do you indicate special individual weapons?

Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 6:08 pm
by mgluteus
I use small colored beads on the stands from arms length they are not visible bur are when close up. I use a larger stand for officers but the ranking and weapon are still indicated. Engineers use hexagonal stands. I use 20mm figures.

Re: How do you indicate special individual weapons?

Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 11:28 pm
by Truscott Trotter
Image

I suffer from the same problem at 28mm scale :oops: