Welcome to today’s review in which we are looking at a range of Warhammer 40k compatible templates from Greenman Designs Inc, a US based company specialising in laser cut and engraved products. Their range includes various gaming aids, such as rulers, counters, and templates, and each item is available in a vast array of colours including transparent, fluorescent, or mirrored materials, so you can really customise your games.
Here you can see the selection of laser cut plastic products we ordered, most of which are destroyed vehicle templates but there are some rulers and counters in there too. See below for close-ups of the individual templates, and how they can be used.
Here is the Space Marine Rhino Template which is priced at $4.99 (around £3.10). We chose the fluorescent colour ‘Plasma Orange’ for this and the other orange pieces in this review.
Simply titled the Space Marine Template, this one costs $2.99 (around £1.85) and is 60mm in diameter, the same size as a Space Marine Dreadnought base. We chose the fluorescent colour ‘Reactive Green’ for this and the other bright green pieces in this review.
The Space Marine Drop Pod Template in Plasma Orange is priced at $2.99 and is the same size as the base of a Space Marine Drop Pod with the doors closed.
Here you can see the familiar shape of the Space Marine Speeder Template. This one is priced at $2.99 and has the same outline as a Space Marine Land Speeder.
For the Chaos players we have the Chaos Defiler Template which is priced at $4.99.
In addition to the templates we have the Skull Quick Measure which is priced at $8.00 (around £5) and comes engraved with a skull design.
We are also trying out another ruler this time without the engraved skull, for this we chose the opaque colour ‘Blood Raven Red’. This plain Quick Measure is priced at $6.00 (around £3.75).
Greenman Designs also produce several sets of counters, here you can see we are trying out the Tyranid Skull Counters which are available at $5.00 (around £3.10) for a pack of 10. These are great for keeping track of the number of wounds those massive Tyranid monstrous creatures have left.
We quite like the idea of these Missile Wound Counters which cost $5.00 for a pack of 4. These are designed to help keep track of the number of missiles a vehicle has left, for example they could work well with the Stormraven Gunship.
The main idea with all of the vehicle templates is that they can be used to represent destroyed vehicles in your games of 40k. They provide flat area which can represent a crater, with exactly the right dimensions of the destroyed vehicle, and because they are flat your troops can easily be paced on top to make use of this cover, or to wade through the area of difficult terrain. Here you can see how the Space Marine Rhino Template matches up with the actual model.
When your speeders are taken down, the Space Marine Speeder Template is just the right size to represent the resulting crater.
Here you can see the Space Marine Drop Pod Template paired with a Space Marine Drop Pod for scale.
We tend to field a Dreadnought or two in most of our Space Marine armies, and they never seem to last long so we’ll definitely be able to make use of this template, suitable for any vehicle with a 60mm round base.
We don’t have a Defiler kit to show for scale, but here you can see several Space Marines making use of the crater, easily placed due to the flat surface.
We think the ‘Quick Measure’ rulers will come in very handy as they have many of the smaller distances used in 40k marked on them for speedy checking of distances. The entire product is 6″ long, which as shown in the picture makes moving infantry quick and accurate, but it is also 2″ wide which is great for checking your models are in unit coherency.
Another feature of the ‘Quick Measure’ rulers is that they come with a 1″ section which incorporates a large curve so that you can make sure that models are 1 inch away from an enemy without having to turn or move models to make room for the ruler.
We think these templates and other gaming aids from Greenman Designs are very reasonably priced and as shown can be useful in your 40k games. They are also a fun way to add further customisation to your army as you can order your templates in a colour to match your army’s colour scheme. If you’d like to check out the rest of the range head over to http://www.gdesignsinc.com/.