40k Counters and Markers

warhammer 40k game counters

General Gaming Counters
I think most all of us already have this kind of stuff or we already have a method for making sure we don't forget things.

When I started playing my Templar, I would just place a pair of dice next to a unit that I needed to make a Zeal check for. This worked the majority of the time. But there is alot of dice rolling around on the table generally and it's been more than one occassion that I've forgotten to zeal forward.

So I came up with these. They are quite simple really, I went to Michael's craft store and picked up some small wooden disks about that are right around 1 inch in diameter and made these counters to remind when a unit has to zeal.

I made the image on my computer, I suppose any drawing program would work though. I just printed it out in color and after a quick spray coat of black on the wooden markers, I cut out the image and glued it to the top of the counter.

After that, it was one more coat of white glue to seal the whole thing and I've been using them ever since. They hold up fairly well to game play with the two coats of glue on there. I haven't had any issues with the image peeling up at all.

Once I mechanized my Templars, it was another story. Now I needed to keep track of my two Crusaders running around on the table.

Another set of markers were born. I made the image from an idea I got off of a border. But the process is the same. These are invaluable to me and I don't know how I would play without something like this to keep track of the status of my vehicles.

The last set comes from a type of gaming a few of us in my local gaming club got into a while ago. I was tired of playing the standard Cleanse mission and went looking for something new. I found the Rules of Engagement rules on the UK GW site a long time ago and discovered the world of objective based gaming (this was way before 5ED made objective based gaming what it is today).

For those who are looking for a real challenge, I highly reccommend trying out this way of playing. It is deceptively simple and can be real hard to win at these games. These missions really do not care if you have a "power army." If you think the 5ED objective games are tough, try these.

If you really want to change things up, add these little scenario modifiers to your games: 40k Hazardous Environments.
These will absolutely wreck your concept of fair play and regular game interaction but I'll tell you what, using these has made for some of my most memorable games ever. If you thought you had bad luck before adding these to your games, just wait.

I made these counters from color copies of old Space Hulk Genestealer counters. They make the perfect objective marker. I have 6 red and 3 green. The red ones are numbered 1 through 6 on the bottom as well for certain situations.

Run and Go to Ground Markers

With 5th Edition here and new mechanics (things like ‘Run’ and ‘Go to Ground’), I thought I might make up some markers for my army to represent these actions.

I’ve always liked the Adeptus Mechanicus symbol and all their associated imagery. When came time to make these new markers, I tried a number of things before settling on this version.

Nothing seemed to work for me though.

Then I decided I would use the Ad Mech symbol as a background image and use real simple descriptions over that to show the action taken.

Nothing fancy at all.
++ The +1 is for a unit that has‘Gone to Ground’ denoting the addition to the unit’s cover save.
++ The NO symbol (circle with a line through it) is for a unit that ‘Runs’ to denote they cannot assault in the following Assault Phase.

They are posted here as a .jpg image that you can click on for a larger version. Save the larger version to your desktop and then print it out at the scale you want. You can glue them to the tops of round bases or do what I do, glue them to some similarly sized wooden disks that I pick up at Michael’s Craft store.

Note: The black line around the image is for size only. Since I glue my markers to black backgrounds, I use it as a guide to cut the image out

Tau Markerlight Counters

I recently played against a Tau opponent and found myself on the receiving end of a considerable amount of markerlights throughout the game. I couldn't move an inch without getting lit up by those pesky things.

Thank goodness I had terminator armour. But anyway...

My opponent was really good with keeping track and marking the number of times my units were "marked." He used a D6 to keep track for each unit. This worked, but with so many dice floating around on most game tables, I can see how there is the possibilty for confusion.

As I was cruising through the Tau Codex, I came across something even better than dice.

The folks at GW were kind enough to print a handful of counters in the Codex that can be copied and glued to 25mm bases and used as markerlight counters. The only trouble is, they are right near the spine of the book and it would take breaking the spine just to get them onto a copier to duplicate.

So... I decided I would make up some similar versions and post them here for people to download (and save their Codex from destruction).

For those of you who know how to read "Tau script," I have no idea what I wrote around the edge, I just made up some cool looking letters similar to what I found on the GW site. It still gives the same effect to those of us on the receiving end of these things, it scares us to death.

There are four versions of the same "image." The one counter on the upper left is made to be mounted on a white background, the other 3 are meant to mounted on black backgrounds (that's why they have the black ring around them... to show the white or grey edge where you cut them out).

Just click on the counter image above to get the larger version and then save that to your computer. Then you can print it out at the scale you want and make as many counters as you need.

Hopefully it's not that many... these things kill.

Eldar psychic powers markers

These were born out of something similar to the Tau Markerlight Counters above.
EDIT: I looked through the Eldar Codex... no counters like these!

But anyway, in one of my first games with my Lustwing, I got stomped by a very tough Eldar list and one of the things I realized after turn one (other than I was going to lose) was that the game was going to see a lot of psychic powers being thrown around. More by him than me but the real issue was keeping up with all the effects on different units while the powers were in play.

So that brings us to what happened next, I forget whether he asked me if I could make them or I offered to do it but I ended up maing him some army specific counters with the 5 powers on them so he could turn them into counters to place next to units instead of having to use dice to mark which units were affected by which powers. He said they were a big hit with his opponents in his games the following weekend at a tournament and they helped tremendously in keeping track of what powers had been used where.

So, all that having happened, I sat down the other day and dug through some old Space Hulk pieces I had lying around and came across two pieces I thought had a suitable pattern for general psychic power counters. The result is what you see here. There are two "flavors" if you will... Super Electric blue and Mind Dizzing Yellow.

All you need to do is click on the image for the larger version and then save that to your desktop.

So there you have it, a handful of images that you can save and print out to make any number of counters you might need in your games.

I recently made up a few new counters for my White Scars army. I needed a way to mark those units that turbo boosted. They are a real life saver in reminding what my bikes can and can't do each turn and when I get my invulnerable save!

Ron, From the WarpIf you've got any questions about something in this post, shoot me a comment and I'll be glad to answer. Make sure to share your hobby tips and thoughts in the comments below!


  1. Really nice work ron... I've download a few of the images to make a few of these for myself :)

  2. THose look great. Ummmm have you thought of maybe selling some??? I am seeing $$ signs here. (insert evil laugh.) Thanks for sharing them though it really would make for some simpler gaming and less to remember.

  3. Thanks Paul, there's lots of ways to "identify" units that have been affected by certain in-game effects.
    Hopefully this will get people moving in the direction of keeping better track of these things.

  4. Perfect timing! I'm painting my eldar :)

    and I've been talking about needing some counters lately.. just keep forgetting stupid stuff b/c too much goes on at once turn 2/turn 3..counters like this will let me focus all my mental energy on strategy.

  5. Zealot: For me it's a visual thing. I need the reminders otherwise I forget what units have done what and I don't want to put my opponent in the position where they have to remind me of something I CAN'T be doing.

  6. nice on there, they look fantastic!

  7. Thanks guys.

    I'm going to be needing the Eldar ones later on this year so it's a good thing I have them already made.

  8. Those are really nice, any chance of putting up just the image without text or a PDF/PSD/flat image so we can make some other ones for ourselves?

    I am thinking I need a few for my marines, for things like captured banners and special mission markers like fortified building, dangerous terrain (for damaged buildings) and so on.

    Of course, if you share, anything I add will be shared as well.

  9. Bucho: Unfortunately, these are the only ones I have right now.
    I don't have the equipment to make them into a PDF or anything else, only a simple .jpeg image.
    I've tried to keep the ones I made/shared here somewhat generic so everyone could use them.

  10. Now I've embarked upon playing more frequently, I've realised I really ought to get me something like this...thanks for making it so easy to find again, Ron!

  11. Glad they could help Admiral, I use mine all the time!

  12. Great post! It inspired me to make some of my own. Here's a link to a printable version of some makers I just made.

  13. Nice work, thanks for sharing the link too!

  14. Really like the game markers Ron and I'm especially thank full for the Eldar Psychic Power Markers. I have taken your idea and changed it a little for my personal Ulthwe force but thought I would give back as others have.

    Check the link below for my take on them, they are saved as .png for those who know how to alter them. I used fireworks to create these since I'm old and prefer its interface over photoshop.


    Also far warning to anyone who wants to use The Cordes Families fine looking tokens. They look great but the "Shaken" result is incorrect. PG,61 of the 5th Edition rule book clearly states that Crew - Shaken result means you can move but NOT SHOOT, not the other way round as stated on his markers. Simple oversight but a serious disadvantage to someone using them!

  15. Back again took the best part of the night but I have fixed a couple of things.

    I have redone my previous Eldar Psychic Power Counters and included some other useful counters for other Eldar players. Mainly things to help you remember to use your units special abilities and to ensure you enemy knows whats happening.

    I have also edited The Cordes Family Status Tokens slightly as well. The Shaken result now reflects the correct rule from the codex.

    Finally both of this .png images are now the perfect size to be printed on thin card and then cut out and glued onto a 25mm base.

    To do this just open up Microsoft word or some other suitable program and insert the image on a portrait aligned A4 sheet. Print it out but be warned though GIVE THEM TIME TO DRY!

    Anyway enough talk here are the images.



    Ron feel free to rehost and use my image on the site if you want, can't say the same for The Cordes Family though.

    1. These links no longer work. Any chance you could repost?

  16. VisOne: Thanks, I'll get them rehosted and linked to so that others can find them here.

    Nice work!

  17. Glad to help mate hope it helps someone down the track.

    Also quick update the ones I printed on the thin card I had never dried not even after a good 24 hours. So I gave them the once over with a clear coat I had down in the workshop. Now they are all but indestructible and ready to be cut out.

    However I did forget to mention something earlier. As I mentioned I have resized those images to fit a round 25mm base. I.E. the ones that come with EVERY GW 40K miniature. That said anyone who prints them will notice something odd they don't fit the top of the base. They actually fit the bottom!

    So if your going to use them the way I intended; take your normal round 25mm base and flip it over and glue the card to the bottom of the base. This way if your ever in dire need of a base you can always scrap one of your tokens and at the same time have a nice handy flat base for your model. No wastage no loses.

  18. Thanks for these :)

    Off to the printer!

  19. Jani: Glad you like them, hopefully they'll work out for you. I used to use mine all the time to keep track of my vehicles.

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    1. (Edited to fix link)
      I know this is really late, but your rule counters inspired me to make some as well. I have the printable rule counters up at this site:


      Thanks for the great idea, and hopefully someone finds the download useful.

  21. cpyke: Thanks for the sharing your link, I'm glad the site can be an inspiration to you!


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