Custom Game Markers

I liked the idea of Modcubes but had concluded they cost a bit more than I felt was worth it for an accessory.

On a recent visit to Michael’s (an art and craft store here in the USA) I noticed these wooden cubes and thought they would make a basis for making some markers. About $2 for the bag of 6.

Cubes and printout
Cubes and printout

I designed markers in Inkscape, printed them out and cut them out with scissors. [Download Inkscape SVG] [Download PDF for print]

One cube and its wrapper after cutting out
One cube and its wrapper after cutting out

I glued the wrappers onto the cubes with white glue. At this point I realised that my printouts were slightly large for the cubes. If I was doing it again I would shrink the image a bit when printing. But I’m always pressed for time these days so I carried on.

Glue the wrapper on to the cube
Glue the wrapper on to the cube

Since the paper was a bit big I overlapped the edges and used a knife to trim them. This worked better on some edges than others, where the paper tore.

Trim off the excess paper on the edges
Trim off the excess paper on the edges

So I used a black marker to colour over the exposed spots of paper or wood.

Use a marker to tidy exposed paper or wood
Use a marker to tidy exposed paper or wood

Given how torn the edges got, I ended up with some ragged black areas. Rather than give up, I painted in gunmetal and burnt sienna for a distressed metal look.

Then I sprayed with sealer. Hint: BluTack for sticking things to a stick while spray painting.

Spray with sealer
Spray with sealer
Done
Done

Compared to Modcubes, my cubes are:

  • Cheaper, but takes more effort to make.
  • Not customizable after initial design.
  • Distinct colours and designs to make it easier to find the marker you want.

If you’re interested in how I decided what markers to put on the cubes, my notes are here (Google Doc – feel free to comment). It may become clear that my current army is Harlequins…

This web site is completely unofficial and in no way endorsed by Games Workshop Limited.

Adeptus Astartes, Battlefleet Gothic, Black Flame, Black Library, the Black Library logo, BL Publishing, Blood Angels, Bloodquest, Blood Bowl, the Blood Bowl logo, The Blood Bowl Spike Device, Cadian, Catachan, the Chaos device, Cityfight, the Chaos logo, Citadel, Citadel Device, City of the Damned, Codex, Daemonhunters, Dark Angels, Dark Eldar, Dark Future, the Double-Headed/Imperial Eagle device, 'Eavy Metal, Eldar, Eldar symbol devices, Epic, Eye of Terror, Fanatic, the Fanatic logo, the Fanatic II logo, Fire Warrior, Forge World, Games Workshop, Games Workshop logo, Genestealer, Golden Demon, Gorkamorka, Great Unclean One, the Hammer of Sigmar logo, Horned Rat logo, Inferno, Inquisitor, the Inquisitor logo, the Inquisitor device, Inquisitor:Conspiracies, Keeper of Secrets, Khemri, Khorne, Kroot, Lord of Change, Marauder, Mordheim, the Mordheim logo, Necromunda, Necromunda stencil logo, Necromunda Plate logo, Necron, Nurgle, Ork, Ork skull devices, Sisters of Battle, Skaven, the Skaven symbol devices, Slaanesh, Space Hulk, Space Marine, Space Marine chapters, Space Marine chapter logos, Talisman, Tau, the Tau caste designations, Tomb Kings, Trio of Warriors, Twin Tailed Comet Logo, Tyranid, Tyrannid, Tzeentch, Ultramarines, Warhammer, Warhammer Historical, Warhammer Online, Warhammer 40k Device, Warhammer World logo, Warmaster, White Dwarf, the White Dwarf logo, and all associated marks, names, races, race insignia, characters, vehicles, locations, units, illustrations and images from the Blood Bowl game, the Warhammer world, the Talisaman world, and the Warhammer 40,000 universe are either , TM and/or Copyright Games Workshop Ltd 2000-2012, variably registered in the UK and other countries around the world. Used without permission. No challenge to their status intended. All Rights Reserved to their respective owners.