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Better Smoke Templates

Any Warmachine player that has encountered a trencher-loaded Cygnar army knows the necessity of having a dozen or so smoke templates.  One of the most common solutions I've seen is the 3" cardstock template.  Those works great if there is space for the template on the table but sometimes you need to drop smoke on other models.

Around St. Louis, cut-out cardstock templates have been replaced by brass rings that can be found at most craft/hobby stores.  These rings are  found in 3", 4" and 5" diameters, making them perfect for the various AOE template sizes that Warmachine and Hordes use for cloud effects.

The handy thing about these rings is that you can drop them around and between models with little difficulty.  It's possible that you may still have to drape one over a model if it's standing right on the edge of where you want to place your template, but 90% of the time using rings grants you a flexibility in template placement that a solid cutout doesn't provide.

As a side note, most folks carry these these by clipping them to the side of their army transport bag with a carabiner key chain.  When it's time to play you can unclip them from your bag and carry them to the table, using the carabiner to keep them together when not in play.

You can see from the link above how cheap a handful of rings is, so I recommend picking up a handful to try out the next time you're in your local craft store.

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  1. Nice suggestion Dave. I’ve been using them for a few years now (but have had problems sourcing the 4″ ones). They are handy to place around miniatures without too much repositioning. Here’s a picture of them in use – http://www.flickr.com/photos/oconlan/3856368825/ .


  2. Thanks. They’ve been used locally for a while now too but at GenCon there was someone asking what they were for. I hadn’t really thought about the fact that just because some of us have a lot of experience with them, there are still folks out there who might not know about them yet. 🙂

  3. I was one of the folks that didn’t know about them. Ordered a bunch!

  4. Hrm its interesting to see they have them up to 14″ across these might be handy to also pick up in the larger sizes to use for zones of control for tournaments.

  5. That’s not a bad idea. With a tiny piece of painter’s tape to keep it in place it would be a pretty easy way to mark scoring areas on the table.

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