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Last updated May 2, 2015

Squad-level Game Counters by Broken Ground Design

A refreshing take on nationality counters for squad-level war games.

Squad-level Game Counters by Broken Ground Design

A refreshing take on nationality counters for squad-level war games.

CA$ 3,546
pledged of CA$ 60,000pledged of CA$ 60,000 goal
15
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, May 2 2015 9:25 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated May 2, 2015

About

I was first introduced to wargaming by a friend in high school, way back in the 70s and eventually found my way to squad-level tactical gaming.

In recent years I have been creating geo-boards, and three of them have been officially released.

With the hope of contributing more to the hobby, I am trying a new venture under the name Broken Ground Design. The goal is to provide high quality counters for squad-level wargaming.

To that end I have created over 40 counter sheets of nationality counters, focusing on the ETO and DTO combatants. Most of these nationalities are currently not available, making it difficult for new players to go deeper into the system, or for more seasoned players to expand or supplement their existing set.

Pre-production counters. Wouldn't these look great on your game boards!!!
Pre-production counters. Wouldn't these look great on your game boards!!!

UPDATE: In response to feedback, the logo that will appear on the counters will no longer be the garish red "bg" nor the grey "bg", but a simpler, smaller, more subdued "BG" as shown below. My apologies to my proof-readers for not heeding their advice to adopt such an approach earlier.

The logo on the right will now appear on the counters (without the check-mark, of course).
The logo on the right will now appear on the counters (without the check-mark, of course).

First Line infantry, all in a row...

For this fund raising project, I have created counter sheets for Americans (except USMC), Russians, Germans, French, Italians, Hungarians, Axis Minors, Allied Minors, British and Finns. I have also created four “new” nationalities, which have previously been treated more generically: Free-French, Romanians, Poles, and an expanded Partisan set.

Samples of my work can be found at my website www.brokenground.biz

I am very grateful to George Bradford for giving permission to use his drawings to create the vehicle counters. The infantry artwork is original.

Goal for this project: CAD 60,000 (approx. USD 48,000)
for 300 sets of counters (42 sheets per set)

* All USD amounts approximate based on rates current at Campaign start. Actual conversion dependent on rates at Campaign end.

I hope to have a copyright compliant video back up soon, but here are some things that I'd like to highlight about what you'll find in these counter sets.

Infantry Poses: For each class within a nationality, there is a different pose of figures.

 Leader Poses: For each morale level of leaders, there is a different pose. Standard leaders are named appropriately for the nationality.

Variant Leaders: Standard leaders come with each nationality set. Variants, based on combat effects, are available in a separate set of three sheets in the Reach Goals section. Variant leaders are not named.

Fanatic Infantry: Whether through combat results or SSR, you no longer need to add a counter to or "remember" the units that are Fanatic. Simply use a Fanatic unit, with Morale already increased by one, and rendered as white-on-black for easy identification.

1/2" SW are included, along with some extras not found in the standard set.

Smoke, Assault Engineers, and White Phosphorous: The smoke exponent is displayed more prominently, and AE are indicated with smoke increased by two and the colour inverted. A red number, background, or asterisk indicates that WP is available for that unit.

Along with most of the standard vehicles, you will find variants and field conversions...

 ... lots of captured vehicles...

 plus rare and unique vehicles.

There have been comments about the garishness of the bg logo on the counters. The single counters being shown here are the pre-production files.

The final production files have the logo softened so that it is not so prominent.

Here are some other features:

 Concealment: Everybody gets their own "?" counters...

... and on the back you'll find one of the above!

Poles receive their own two-tone scheme: Minor Allied border/British centre (because the Polish Gov't-in-Exile was located in London), and squads with Assault Fire capabilities and Polish uniforms.

Romanians receive their own two-tone: Axis Minor border/Soviet centre (to represent their switch to the Allied side) and Romanian uniforms.

Free-French receive their own two-tone: British border/French centre for infantry, SW, and vehicles.

Variant Romanians & Hungarians with broken morale one higher when fighting each other. Hungarians are attired like Hungarians (rather than like Romanians on official counters).

Variant Minor Allied (attired like Greeks) with broken morale one higher when fighting Italians.

The SS are in German grey with the class indicated by a neutral-font white “SS” on a black background. No runes or death's head insignia.

Axis Minor (Bulgarian, Croat, Slovak) are attired like Bulgarians.

Onboard Sniper Aids
Onboard Sniper Aids

 Always be reminded what your SAN is.

Future Plans:

Once this project is successfully completed, I will begin work on 5/8" Ordnance counters, to be made available for sale on my website.

Later, I will tackle PTO nationalities.

The items described below will be included with Backer's order (Corporal and higher) at no extra charge once each Goal is passed.

$60,000

Variant Leaders, plus Armor Leaders - Three sheets.

The standard Leader counters are included with each nationality set. These variant counters are used when a leader's status changes during the course of a game. There are Wounded, Fanatic, and Heroic SMC - and every combination thereof. You can even have a Wounded/Fanatic/Heroic leader running around the battlefield (hey, it could happen!).

 $70,000

'ZERKERS!! - One sheet

First seen in late 70s, the White-on-Red Berserk counters make a glorious re-appearence. On one sheet, there are counters for every nationality and class type. There will be blood on the battlefield again!

 $80,000

Balkan Beauties - Three half-sheets

  • Allied Minors attired like Greeks, and Broken Morale one higher for battles against the Italians;
  • Balkan Partisans with their own two-tone scheme and SW.
  • Tito's Tanks - a dizzying array of vehicles powered Tito's army as they battled to expel the hated invaders!

$90,000

Reluctant Allies, Ancient Foes - One sheet

Hungarian vs Romanian MMC with Broken Morale one higher. There is no love lost on the battlefield when these reluctant allies settle old scores.

Risks and challenges

All of the counter images have been created, and the counter sheets are about 95% laid out. I have a group of guys proofing my work as I go along, so I have confidence in the quality of my work.

The main risk I see at the moment is in the final production of the counter sheets. I have a printer & die-cutter lined up, but this will be their first time tackling a job of this nature. They are professionals, so the risk is minor in my view, but it is still a risk. Should it become necessary, I believe I have sufficient time to find others to finish production. But I don't anticipate it being necessary.

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    CORPORAL (approx U$24*) for ONE of...
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