These boards are designed around my basing method. First up, I play in 20mm. Individual soldiers like riflemen are based on 20mm round bases. Weapons teams are generally on 40mmx40mm bases and include two core crew members. Where a third or more crew member are 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 (you can read more about by basing and other markers in the post Getting Started with Chain of Command).
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. The picture below shows 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 the Kampfgruppe Von Luck pint sized campaign I created 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 also created one for the German Panzer Grenadier Platoon.
I have used these 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.