Crossfire Markers for Status and Objectives

Crossfire needs some markers to show status, hidden deployment and objectives. This page shows what I use although there are lots of alternatives.

Terrain Objective Markers

In Crossfire Terrain objectives are the most common method of determining victory. It might be capture the hill, or capture the town hall, or the wood, or the road junction, or it might be capture them all.

Models as Terrain Objectives

Flames of War from Battle Front use fancy markers such as Artillery posts, knocked out tanks etc. Despite its aesthetic appeal I have too many armies and need too many objective markers for each to make this a feasible approach.

Having said that I did pick up a crashed Storch model as a gift when I purchased some other terrain. Roland painted it up as a terrain objective.

Crashed Fieseler Fi 156 Storch Objective
Crashed Fieseler Fi 156 Storch Objective

Flag Terrain Objectives

Generally I use a Flag to mark each objective. Russian flags for Russian held objectives; German for German, etc. In fact I also have Republican and Nationalist for the Spanish Civil War and Israeli. I have the masters for the Israeli opponents in 1948 but haven’t made up the flags yet. I also have generic Blue and Red flags for those armies I’ve no Objectives prepared.

objective64 Objective Flags - German, Spanish Nationalist, Israeli, Spanish Republican, Soviet
objective64 Objective Flags – German, Spanish Nationalist, Israeli, Spanish Republican, Soviet

My flags are glued to 2″ flat head nails, which are themselves glued to 2p coins. All of which are painted and flocked.

Download Generic Objective Flags (pdf)

Hidden Deployment Markers

I use Flocked Numbered Terrain Markers as Hidden Deployment Markers. I took my basic Numbered Terrain Markers and applied some scenic effects – plaster, paint and dots of flock (see Flocking for details). This greatly improved the aesthetics and made them less conspicuous on the table. But it did take some time.

hidden61 Hidden Deployment Marker
hidden61 Hidden Deployment Marker

If you’re playing a game using the hidden deployment markers then every terrain feature has to have a marker at the start of the game. Th example table is quite small, only 3′ x 2′, but still has a lot of terrain hence needs a lot of hidden deployment markers. A full size table, say 6′ x 4′, would need about 75 markers.

P1020475 Table with Hidden Deployment Markers
P1020475 Table with Hidden Deployment Markers

The thing about any marker is that, ideally, they are unobtrusive yet obvious. In the case of hidden deployment markers you shouldn’t notice them unless you want to know the number of the terrain feature, when it should be easy to read the number. That is why I’ve used flocked markers with bright white numbers.

P1020477 Hidden Deployment Marker
P1020477 Hidden Deployment Marker

Every feature will need a marker. So, for example, a building with two building sectors – like that in the photo – will need two markers. I normally don’t play multi-story buildings but if I did then I’d probably just use one marker building sector and note the level they figures are on (0, 1, 2, etc).

P1020479 Building with Hidden Deployment markers
P1020479 Building with Hidden Deployment markers

Linear features pose a certain challenge. If it is short, say less than 8″ then I’d just use one marker. But for longer features, like the crest in the photo, I use one marker per segment.

P1020478 Crest with Hidden Deployment markers
P1020478 Crest with Hidden Deployment markers

Fields would just have one marker, but if the field has hedge around it then these are treated as separate features. So the field in the photo has five markers, one for the field itself and one for the hedge on each side.

P1020476 Field and Hedges with Hidden Deployment Marker
P1020476 Field and Hedges with Hidden Deployment Marker

Status markers

Crossfire recommends using figures (casualties, prone) for status markers. Obviously this has strong visual appeal, but it has two obstacles for me:

  1. The extra figures need painting.
  2. A particular figure only has one meaning, which means when the status changes you have to find another marker.

I use cardboard markers (1 cm x 1 cm) – not as pretty, but very convenient. Specifically I have two types of counter for Crossfire. Each face of each counter has a different significance. For example, if a stand goes from Pinned to Suppressed I just flip the counter and don’t have to go looking for another type of counter.

Counter Obverse Label Colour Reverse Label Colour
P/S Pinned P Orange Suppressed S Red
G/NF Ground Hugging G Brown No Fire NF Cream

So if a Russian platoon pins a moving German stand I just reach into my box of markers and pull out a P for PIN.

P1020480 Russians Reactive Fire pins a German
P1020480 Russians Reactive Fire pins a German

I used orange for PIN. I guess that is because orange is kind of a not quite red.

P1020481 Pinned German stand
P1020481 Pinned German stand

The great thing about my markers is that if the pinned stand is the suppressed you just flip the counter over.

P1020482 Suppressed German stand
P1020482 Suppressed German stand

I went for brown for ground hugging; brown = earth.

P1020484 Platoon Ground Hugging in a field
P1020484 Platoon Ground Hugging in a field

The No Fire markers are on the back of the ground hugging markers. No reason for that except it reduces the total number of markers I need to have in my marker box.

P1020483 No Fire Russians
P1020483 No Fire Russians

3 thoughts on “Crossfire Markers for Status and Objectives”

  1. Love the photos. Started CF in the last 2 years. 8mm or 10mm colored cubes work well for different status markers too. And they don’t get blown around, rolled around easy either.

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