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Creating Your Own Objective Markers For Warhammer 40K

Updated on June 30, 2014

Why Settle When You Can Create

I get bored easily. Maybe it's because I don't like being told that I have to use something that in my eyes is boring. That's why, when I first started playing Warhammer 40k, I enjoyed the massive amount of creativity involved with models, bash kits (kits that offer re-design options for models) painting options and basing options. One of the least attractive parts of the game, for me were the objective markers. The markers offered were neat looking but acked that home made feel.

Objective markers are what are placed on the battlefield (a 4x6 table) before the battle begins. Each side then battles to claim and hold the objective markers until round 6 (or beyond). After the game is over each side counts up points for goals met and objectives captured and then a winner is declared. Part of why I love the game is because the 4x6 board is a pallet to paint on with demolished buildings, walls, fences, and other items, called gaming terrain which is there to fill up space on the board in order to give cover to our perspective armies. One of the items I thought needed a special touch were the objective makers.

When I first started playing Warahmmer 40k, I would use quarters, washers, etc, to represent the objectives. Now, a year and a half after starting the game, I thought it was time to use my creativity to make my own objective marker. With a game whose motto is "There is only war" I felt like the markers had to live up the name.

Come along as I march out my new objective markers and how I created them. Creating these makers has taught me that whether I am playing a game or working for myself in business, I don't have to accept the status-quot. My advice: Don't settle, create the stuff you want. You'll be much happier when you do.

Step 1: Grab Some Bases

They Come in All Kinds

These are 25mm textured bases. I chose 25mm because they are the size of the models I use. For objective markers though you can use any size you'd like.There a few different kinds to choose from in the Amazon module. Bases can come textured or smooth. I am using textured ones because I think it adds overall character to the piece. Once the paint is applied all the nooks and crannies appear and make the objective pop.

Step 2: Grab Some Paints

Lots of Colors!!

For these bases I went with some earthy tones like grey, stone and grassy but you can choose nay colors you'd like. As you can see I used Citadel Paints, they are acrylic and go on very well. Generic brands work if you are on a tight budget. Citadel paints average around $4-$5 each. If you decide to create objective markers, don't be afraid to try new stuff. Try various colors and shades. There are also special inks if you want to reveal even more detail and make your model pop. If the colors don't work, paint over them and start again. There is no wrong way to do this. Your way is the right way.

Step 3: Grab Some Bits and Pieces

These Are Model Leftovers

The bits and pieces I used are leftovers from the models I put together, There are often left over heads, tank pieces, etc. It's like having a plastic junk yard to cruise through when I need something. In the models you see, I was very eclectic in my choices, but based on the pieces I had to choose from I felt like they all worked together. I could have used all weapons or all body pieces for thematic purpose but I wanted each marker to be distinctive. They are numbered 1 through 6 and the drastic differences allow us to remember which marker is which. Remember to keep all those extra pieces in baggies and you'll never run out of ideas.

My New Warhammer Objective Markers - Scary, Aren't They?

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Step 4: Grab A Vision For What You Want

Let Your Mind Drift and Dream

As you collect all your pieces and parts, dream a little. Do you want all your markers to follow a theme for a particular game? Do you want them to represent something in your game? Your markers could be Sci Fi, Fantasy, Anime, whatever works for you. It's one of my goals to blow away my opponent with not only my army but with my creativity. In the end I was very happy with the way my objective markers came out and I plan on making more because I have a ton of more ideas.


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