Name: Cog ‘O’ Two Rebel Movement Templates
Type: Game Accessory
Publisher: Cog ‘O’ Two
(5.0 / 5)
After seeing many sets of plastic range rulers and movement templates displayed on the X-Wing Facebook page I decided to investigate for myself. I only originally bought a single X-Wing core set so I’m one of the few people who only has one set of templates anyway and so this seemed to be reasonable justification on my part.
After a little investigation the firm Cog ‘O’ Two seemed to be the one to go with. They have many different X-Wing Templates themed for Rebels, Imperials, Black Sun Scum or Mandalorian Scum as well as plastic variations of the plethora of tokens that you use when playing the game. Being an (almost) exclusively Rebel player I went with the blue Rebel set of templates which set me back a grand total of £12.00 + £1.20 postage. I ordered on a Monday and I received my templates through the post of the following Friday, which is good service.
The Rebel templates are all laser cut from 3mm blue Perspex plastic. The numbers and symbols are laser etched into the templates and maintain nice, crisp shapes. The templates come with a plastic covering on the front and back that can easily be peeled off and makes it substantially easier to paint the templates. All of the templates are identical in size to the official FFG card ones and so fit into the nodules on the bases perfectly, as you would expect.
In a standard set you get-
- 1 x 1 forward/koiogran turn
- 1 x 2 forward/koiogran turn
- 1 x 3 forward/koiogran turn
- 1 x 4 forward/koiogran turn
- 1 x 5 forward/koiogran turn
- 1 x 1 hard turn
- 1 x 2 hard turn
- 1 x 3 hard turn
- 1 x 1 bend
- 1 x 2 bend
- 1 x 3 bend
- 1 x range ruler
Like most people I decided to paint my templates so that the numbers and symbols really stand out against the board. Initially I wanted to paint them black and actually tested this on the range ruler and it looked really awesome but, unfortunately, when I tried the ruler on my boards (which are basic black star fields), the numbers and lines designating the ranges were very hard to read. This meant that I opted to paint them white instead.
The easiest way to paint the templates is to leave the plastic coating on and just paint into the etched areas. The Laser etching has already cut away the plastic covering from the etched areas and so the sheet provides a useful template which prevents over painting onto the templates proper. As you can see, you don’t even have to be particularly neat (I’m using a GW Skull White here)-
You could airbrush or spray the templates to paint them quickly but my concern here would be that you may accidentally end up painting the sides of the templates which would detract from the clean look of them. With that said, any over paint easily scratches off the template if you do happen to spill over or need to touch it up after removing the plastic coating, it’s just a bit messier and more time consuming to have to do this.
Once you have painted the symbols and the paint has dried just peel off the coating, making sure to get all the little bits that tend to get stuck in the corners of the symbols. Once you have done this you just need to scratch off any overspill, but there shouldn’t be much, if any. Then pull off the backing sheet and you are done.
I think that the completed templates look awesome and I can’t wait to use them in a game.