Mission and Structural Integrity Counters Review

mission and structural integrity countersThe folks over at Genius Factory Games have kindly sent us a selection of their recently released counters for review. We know from our previous look at their products (see here if you missed it) that they make some excellent laser-cut gaming aids, suitable for games like Warhammer 40k. These new counter sets fall into GFG’s ‘general’ range and consist of Primary Mission counters, Secondary Mission counters, and Structural Integrity counters.

Here you can see the counters that make up the 3 sets we were sent. These counters are all laser-cut from acrylic, and provide a great way for keeping track of missions and events in your wargames. We’ve already tried these out in a few of our games of Warhammer 40k 6th edition, and they have instantly become essential equipment for our games.

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Here you can see the counters that make up the Primary Mission Counters set, priced at $9.00 (around £5.60) direct from Genius Factory Games. The counters are designed to mark objectives to be fought over in your wargames. The set consists of 10 40mm counters including 1x four-point objective, 5x three-point objectives, 2x two-point objectives, 1x one-point objective, and one “priceless artifact.”

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Here is a close up of the “priceless artifact”, we love that it resembles  a Holy Hand Grenade, and its a great counter to use in games where you are fighting over a single important objective, such as the ‘Relic’ mission in Warhammer 40k.

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The rest of the Primary Mission counters are etched with numbers which can be used to keep track of how much each objective is worth. It’s useful that the backs of all of these counters are completely opaque, which makes them perfect for use in missions where you don’t know the value of an objective until it is claimed,  you can just keep them face down until a unit claims the objective, and then flip the counter over to see the number. We previously found ourselves writing numbers on scraps of paper when playing ‘The Scouring’ mission in Warhammer 40k 6th edition, but these counters have solved that problem for us!

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Next up are the Secondary Mission counters, this is a 5 counter set and is available for $5.00 (around £3.10). These are 40mm counters, and provide a great way to keep track of any secondary missions or objectives going on in your games. Each set of 5 counters includes 2x “Breakthrough” counters, 2x “Leader Slain” counters, and 1x “First Kill” counter. These were an instant hit in our Warhammer 40k games as they let us easily remember who got points for the ‘First Blood’, ‘Slay the Warlord’ and ‘Line Breaker’ secondary missions.

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Here you can see a close-up of each design in the Secondary objective counters set.

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Last but by no means least we were sent the Structural Integrity counters, this is a 7 counter set which is priced at $5.00.  This set includes 1x four-point counter, 2x three-point counters, 2x two-point counters, and 2x one-point counters. Each of these counters is a little smaller than the counters in the first sets we looked at (28mm) and these have been designed for keeping track of the amount of damage that buildings, vehicles and other hard targets have taken.

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Here you can see close-ups of each design of the Structural Integrity counters, they are each etched with a number and a cool looking cog design border.

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In our games of Warhammer 40k, we found that the Structural Integrity counters are prefect for representing hull points, something that has been a bit of a pain to keep track of in the past, especially in armies with lots of vehicles. We often found ourselves struggling to remember if  a particular vehicle had 1, 2, or 3 hull points left, but with these you can simply leave a counter with the correct number on top or next to the corresponding vehicle. Another problem solved!

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Now that we’ve tried these counters with Warhammer 40k 6th edition, we don’t think we can go back! We’ve found them extremely useful and have saved us trying to remember things like how many hull points each vehicle has left or scrabbling around for paper and a pen to create some objectives of differing value. Of course, these are designed to be used with many different game systems, and so should be useful in any game which includes objectives such as Warmachine, Tomorrows War and many others. For those of you who are interested in both the Primary and Secondary Mission counters, GFG offer a combo deal of both sets for $13 (around £8), but we think even if purchased separately, they are well worth the price. If you’d like to see what else GFG have to offer, head over to http://geniusfactorygames.com.

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