Identifying stands

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DougE
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Identifying stands

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Eventually I will be introducing a buddy of mine to 28mm CoC. I know for a fact that he's not into history as he's into the Warmachine/Hordes gaming (as am I, but loved history for a LONG time :D ). For the first outing, I think either 2 or 3 squads each will do just fine, each section will have a different color band on the base, but as too help out with each individual figure, SMG, Bren, MG42 etc is what I'm after.

Do I put a small word, such as SMG on the stand, or just help along the way when it comes to knowing who's the JL, SL, SMG shooting and so forth.

Anyone have any suggestions on how to help out a fellow player help a total WWII beginner? :D
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Doug

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Doug, Couple of ideas you might consider.
I base my Leaders on hex bases rather than the round bases I use for the rest of my troops. Makes them easier to spot on the table and you could paint one or more of the hex sides to denote which squad they belong to.
For a start you might make sure only your Leaders are carrying SMGs so the difference is obvious.

As to LMGs would it concern you greatly if initially you treated them all as belt fed LMGs in your initial game and introduce the differences between them later. I suspect he would remember the difference once it was explained to him. Many Sci-Fi rules have use differences in weaponry to distinguish different factions so you may be underestimating him.

Otherwise sticking a small piece of clear plastic card with the name on it for specialist troops could help. Everything else is a rifleman.

John

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I use different bases for leaders too. JLs get a 20mm square, SLs a 40mm circle, regular troops are 25mm circles. I agree that someone coming from SciFi shouldn't struggle with the concept of varying weapons, but if he's struggling to identify them then maybe an unobtrusive dot code on the edge of the base? One for SMG, two for LMG? I used to do similar for section numbers and it doesn't really detract from the visual effect IMO.

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Hi,

For DB when I may need to change the status of leaders I use the little sticky 'postit' flags stuck under the base and with a number on - the colour tells me the status and the number tells me which card he is. You could do the same using the colours for the sections and then with JL, SL, LMG etc on it. Very easy especially if your figures are already based or you're looking for something temporary.

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Richard/Monty Lardo

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Lindybeige made a video about this topic. It's not something I do but it is an interesting idea none the less.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VTTUyX ... KrI8q0zjXQ

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Both myself and a friend use octagonal bases (Warbases) to distinguish leaders.

If your friend is familiar with 40K then I doubt he'd have an issue with distinguishing LMGs, SMGs, etc, after a quick tutorial.
Thanks, Matt
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The other thing you can do is pick the basing materials in a way that helps distinguish the weapons. All my LMG gunners have a wee rock on their base that helps pick them out more easily. Sometimes it's not immediately obvious from behind what weapon a man is packing.

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For my Russians, I have the senior leaders wearing the peaked hat, the junior leaders wearing the side cap, and all the grunts wear helmets.

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My Japanese officer pretty much stands out as he is in shirt sleeves, and is charging waving his katana over his head, but every NCO has been modelled in various poses but all pointing forwards, as they are obviously far less distinct from the rank and file.

Their weaponry is quite distinct, so I have just applied WYSIWYG.

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