EBM Guides: How to make cool and useful tokens for Malifaux (and other games!)

Now that I have been playing more and more of M2E I can now pretty much assess what exactly I need for counters and gadgetry to play some good old Malifaux with. Besides dice for wounds and various glass and plastic beads for soul stones and random conditions, I had to come up with a useful way to manage my much-needed Scheme Markers and other markers for the game, including corpse and scrap. Not to mention special things models can bring into play.

This is what I came up with:


There are some key points of thought I put into these markers:

– They are color base. This enables me to run demos easier by having two different colors, one for each player, and a neutral color for strategies. Also this is beneficial to games where the other player has forgotten his/her gaming extras.

– The white dot in the middle is very noticeable and easy to recognize on the gaming table. You wont forget that they are laying there and you will have an easier time seeing them in-game. This counts for your opponent as well.

– You can write on them. Using an erasable marker will let you use these markers in any way you need them. Need a Corpse Marker? Got one. Need Scrap too? Also there! You can reuse these as often as you like for whatever you like.

– They look freaking awesome.


‘So, Matt… How do I make these awesome bases? Where did you get those cool cat colors, yo?’ is what you are probably thinking to yourself or even saying out loud while reading this. You and I both know it’s the latter. *wink*

It is fairly simple. I used 1mm thick plasticard sheet and traced out a circle on it to go into the base. I used a Puppet Wars base (20mm) to trace the circle for the 30mm bases and a 40mm base for the 50mm bases. Then just cut it out with a pair of scissors and file it down all smooth and nice.
Before gluing the white circle into the base try fitting it out until it completely fits into it. Then dab on some super glue and you are good to go!

I used Wyrd’s translucent bases to make these tokens. The orange-colored ones were originally golden translucent bases and the brown ones were green translucent bases. To alter the color I took some Tamiya Clear Orange and generously painted it on the inside of the base’s lip. The paint will pool there and then help alter the appearance of the base. Let the paint dry for a good and long time. This stuff takes a while. When it is prepped cut out the plasticard as mentioned above and glue that sucker in there!


These are the only two alterations I have tested, but I am sure lots of other cool combinations are possible. Feel free to pick up some paints and the bases and give it a whirl.

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8 Comments on “EBM Guides: How to make cool and useful tokens for Malifaux (and other games!)”

  1. September 3, 2013 at 6:29 am #

    Oh this is awesome!! I have been searching around internet shops looking for a good set of tokens to suit the different games I’ve been learning to play and this solves all those issues! BRILLIANT ๐Ÿ˜€ Now to find coloured plasticard….

    • September 3, 2013 at 6:32 am #

      Why colored plasticard? =O

      I use regular white plasticard. It is easier to write on as well.

      There are black and grey plasticard as well. If you want multicolored plasticard that may help…?

      • September 3, 2013 at 6:52 am #

        Well, I was thinking if I could find coloured that I could use that as the base as well! (Wouldn’t look as cool as yours but thought it might have been an easy way to make a lot of different sized colourful backs). Coloured plasticard is not a thing I take it? hahaha.

      • September 3, 2013 at 6:54 am #

        Ah I see! Well you can google, but all I have seen in sheet form have been those three colors. Otherwise you can just use regular black bases and paint the lip in a different color?
        Would be an alternate route in case you do not want to use translucent bases like I have.

      • September 3, 2013 at 6:55 am #

        Oh that’s an idea actually!! Yea, don’t have the money to afford enough of the coloured bases at the moment – but I may have some spare blacks floating about. Thankyou thankyou!

      • September 3, 2013 at 6:58 am #

        Though the bases aren’t THAT expensive. 10 30mm bases should cost about 5$. Luckily for me they are reduced down to half price at my local game store. (I think they ship to Australia too…)

      • September 3, 2013 at 6:59 am #

        Oh really? May I ask the name so I can see if they have an online store? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • September 3, 2013 at 7:00 am #

        Here it is: http://www.shop.battlefield-berlin.de/?&

        They also have lots of other stuff reduced from Malifaux at the moment. ๐Ÿ˜€
        Otherwise they have LOTS of stuff.

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