Monday, 7 July 2014

Workbench Progress - Objective Markers

Hey there peeps.

Last week I managed to get in my first and second games of 40K 7th Edition and so far I like what I see.  I played the Maelstrom of War missions both times as I have the cards and 7th Edition seems to have been created with them in mind.  My first impressions are that 40K is more like playing a board game like Risk or Small World or even Ticket to Ride, in that your skill will only take you so far and victory is ultimately decided by the draw of your objective mission cards.  Sure some people are going to hate this and for competitive events the 6th edition mission will be better suited but I really enjoyed the way the card gave me something new and different to do during each turn other than just beat my opponents army to a pulp for the win.

 The stress of winning through aggression alone and the worry of whether or not I have brought the right combination of scissor, paper and or rocks needed to defeat my enemy felt like it had been lifted.  Each turn I got some new missions and so long as I had one model left on the table at the end of play my score was valid so I found myself dropping my Pods on as a may objectives as possible turn one and then sent my Marines off on small skirmish missions as and when a cards demanded. 

I found the Drop Pods very useful as they were objective secured so I really did not have to worry about using my Marines to hold objectives and very often a card would come up that would score me some points just because I had Drop Pods sitting on 4 of the 6 objectives.  I lost my first game at my local GW store 14/12 I think but I then went on to win my second game 14/13 so both games were very close and it was not clear who was going to win until right at the end as the cards were so close throughout both games.

So I am super pumped about playing in 7th Edition now and I am currently working on my Ork army list so they can get some table time soon.

So anyway back to the point of this post, I quickly realized 5min before my first game that I had no objective markers so I quickly dug out six 40mm bases and painted roman numerals on them and then ran out of the house.  When I had some time to ponder the objective markers I decide to break out the plastic card and elaborate on what I had already created.

MKI of my objective markers.

I cut out some very thing plastic card and glued it in place on the bases so they would look like they were covered in metal plating, I then used a thicker grade of card to make the numerals, I then drilled some small holes in the plating to mimic riveting and added larger rivets to the numerals using pin heads.  To add a little more of an interesting texture to a few of the markers I cut some plastic rod up to make spent shell casings, things were now looking quite Orky.

Next I have all six a few coats of Vallejo Model air Gun Metal and painted the rivets in Balthazar Gold.

I then added a wash of Nuln Oil.

It was clear at this point that things had become a little more Orky than I had intended so I added a generous helping of  Typhus Corrosion followed by a dry brushing of Riza Rust.  Once all this was dry I picked out some edge details using Runefang Steel and added more Balthasar Gold to the rivets.  I then added some Agrax Earthshade to the rivets so they looked extra weathered.

As a final touch I broke out my 'Blood for the Blood God' blood effect paint which I had not used yet and had been waiting for a chance to try out.   This paint does not disappoint, it goes on great and you can build it up in layers to get some great effects. I started by flicking it off the bristles of a large brush and then worked into some of them using a brush and I think you will agree this stuff looks really quite gruesome with its super slick wet finish.

This one looks a bit like maybe someone took a mass reactive round spraying blood across the room.

I think this one looks a bit like someone went and shook the gore off of their chopper.

 Someone got splattered.


The walking wounded.

Using the floor as a weapon.

Well that was some morbid fun and I now have some wicked looking objective markers that should entertain my opponents, if you have made a cool set of your own markers by all means send me some pictures to and I will be happy to post them up.

Check back soon for more updates.


  1. I really like the objective markers you've made. However you may find (as I did), that it's difficult to easily read the markers from a standing position.

    When they blend in as nice as this (especially if you have a nice terrain board), it's hard to pick them out from a standing distance.

    I found that by painting the actual number a highly contrasting color, I could easily spot all the objectives (and their numbers), without walking around the table, allowing for better situational awareness.

    The sucky part about this, is your objective markers are gorgeous. I don't know how you'd do this without messing with the nice job you've done. Maybe an excessive amount of weathering on the numbers themselves to pop them out slightly?

    1. Yeah I know what you mean, its a difficult balance between looking cool and being functional :)

      I am going to post some pix of my city table later as I just finished all the buildings, its all setup with the markers in place so you can see how they look.