Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Chain of Command Platoon Boards

I often find new players to Chain of Command have a little trouble getting to grips with the force composition of a Platoon when first learning the game.  I saw something on the Yahoo forum that gave me an idea and so I've worked up my first sets of boards that will allow the figures to be grouped into their various weapons teams and sections in a way that's easy to visualise.  Apart from anything else it helps speed up a game when everything is neatly arranged like this.

So these are obviously designed around my basing method.  First up, I play in 20mm.  Individual soldiers like riflemen are based individually on 20mm round bases.  Weapons teams are generally on 40mmx40mm bases and include two core crew members. Where a third or more crew member is required these are single figures on 20mm round bases.  This is a bit of a compromise that allows for some casualty figures to be removed and yet the larger base means the weapons teams are easier to distinguish from individuals like riflemen.  Junior Leaders are on 25mm diameter round bases and Senior Leaders on 20mmx40mm rectangles.

The platoon boards are made of two A4 pieces of 5mm foam core board.  The top piece has holes cut into it to accomodate the various figures on their bases.  This is then stuck onto a bottom piece that has a sheet of paper stuck to it with text related to the figures that will be placed there.  There is a similar printed sheet for the top piece.  I designed these in PowerPoint.  So first up is the top sheet for the standard German platoon in Chain of Command.  I have used spray adhesive to stick the printed paper to the foam core and then cut holes using a sharp blade.



I definitely need a better blade for doing this and/or improve my cutting skills.  Nonetheless I'll soldier on to explain how it comes together.  So next is the bottom half with the printed sheet attached.


Then, not rocket science to see we stick one on top of the other to get this:


And then populated with the full platoon to look like this:



So, my cutting skills aside, I'm pretty happy with the way this has worked out.  In preparation for my forthcoming Von Luck pint sized campaign I've put together a board for the British Airborne Platoon.  I was a little more creative here, using a pale cream paper and including the Pegasus emblem of the Paras, which you can see below.  I've also done one for the German Panzer Grenadier Platoon.


I have used these already when introducing new players and they work very well on two fronts.  The most important being players can quickly see their force composition and how it relates to Chain of Command's unit activation and deployment.  Secondly it keeps all the figures tidily organised.


10 comments:

  1. This is a great idea. I will purloin it for the games I put on at conventions where many players haven't a clue. I tried something like this - no cutouts, just a sheet with places for the troops and details on their weapon capability but this is MUCH better.. Thanks for sharing.
    Dick Bryant

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    1. Glad you like them. I think they are well worth the effort and I'm finding I'm using them for all my games, not just with new players.

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  2. Excellent idea! Don't be surprised to see it popping up on a great many other blogs - mine included. Cheers

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    1. Copy away! Nice to know this is a concept people want to use.

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  3. Great idea and seems like a good way to store the minis, too. I use your same scale and a similar basing method. I could see putting a magnet sheet on your second board, putting the paper printout on that and storing the whole platoon ready to lift out and play. Nice idea and thanks for sharing.

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  4. Good idea! It reminds me om a DBA competition board.
    The time saving to start a game looks to be well worth the effort needed to make the Platoon boards.
    I shall have to get to work, but first I must choose a base size for 28mm. figures.

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  5. Any chance you could e-mail your Power point files for this? Those of us with Power Point could then expand on your framework for their own units.
    Thanks
    Dick Bryant

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    1. Hi Dick, no problem, I've sent this to you via email to your aol address.

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    2. This is great! Many thanks

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  6. What a great idea – so helpful!

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