Measuring Tool for Miniatures Gaming

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Measuring Tool for Miniatures Gaming

Postby Whiterook » Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:29 pm

A neat measuring tool I found awhile ago was a flexible measuring tape that comes in a spool disk. Used for crafting and fabrics work, the can be bought for a little over a dollar USD from stores such as Walmart....

http://www.walmart.com/ip/13432597?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227000000000&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=&wl3=21486607510&wl4=&wl5=pla&veh=sem

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I use this for all my miniature wargaming. You can pull out just what you need and the tape conforms to tight corners. You can even lay it out in a 'path' along the game diorama around table features. It's a must in your toolkit!
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Re: Measuring Tool for Miniatures Gaming

Postby Darkeldar » Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:16 pm

While we are discussing measuring devices, what are peoples ideas on these templates http://www.shop.microartstudio.com/temp ... 22_58.html ?

I personally don't find much utility in them, as being a rigid piece of plastic, it just adds effort to use it, while it does improve legibility. Not a great trade-off there.

I like using a small steel tape as opposed to the fabric one you have pictured. The fabric ones tend to be too flexible.
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Re: Measuring Tool for Miniatures Gaming

Postby Double Deuce » Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:08 am

Darkeldar wrote:While we are discussing measuring devices, what are peoples ideas on these templates http://www.shop.microartstudio.com/temp ... 22_58.html ?

I personally don't find much utility in them, as being a rigid piece of plastic, it just adds effort to use it, while it does improve legibility. Not a great trade-off there.

I've never used them. IMHO I would think they would be too rigid and obstruct the game flow but if you are paying in a tournament or for bragging rights, I can see where they would come in handy.

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Re: Measuring Tool for Miniatures Gaming

Postby Frizzenspark » Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:14 pm

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LITKO Game AccessoriesMakes quite a few accessories for quite a few games... the above gauges for DBA systems are handier than other measuring tools, since most of the game distances for moving and firing are within the scope of this template.
http://www.litko.net/categories/Shop-By-Compatible-Game-System/DBA-%7B47%7D-DBM/
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Re: Measuring Tool for Miniatures Gaming

Postby Whiterook » Sun Jun 09, 2013 2:54 pm

Well, I like the smaller jig templates Frizz shows, as they can be used in small, confined areas between buildings and terrain features, though I'd prefer an 'L' shape as pictured above having longer axies, so as to 'drop in from above' in between the terrain.

I agree the larger Infinity-type rules are too rigid; and a bit clunky for my tastes, as you'd be spending a lot of conscious time in my opinion, trying not to hit terrain.

And it's that last thought process that makes me like the fabric-style tape, as you can stretch it taught with two hands above the terrain; or lay it in a path, winding along the terrain on board. I see so many miniatures gamers with metal rules (semi-flex and non) that are constantly knocking over minis and features like trees, or scraping sides of buildings or tanks.

But as with everything, it comes down to personal preferences, really :P
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