|Labels for blocks|
I began with block labels showing standard NATO symbols. They don't have the 'Xs' and 'Is' used to denote level (e.g. 'II' for a Battalion) because while in one game the blocks might represent Platoons, in another they might represent Divisions or anything in between. I soon realised that it would often be important to indicate facing, so I later added triangular arrows.
For Bloody Big Battles! some blocks need to indicate a skirmishing capacity, so I've now added a little hunting horn symbol. A similar approach could be taken with later period armies which require special assets. The artillery are also now flippable for limbered/unlimbered. At some point I may do flippable blocks for dismountable cavalry. The blocks are not otherwise individually identified as they are typically grouped together. For BBB I have separate unit ID labels as here.
The labels are designed to fit Gibsons Mah Jong blocks which can be found in charity shops or on eBay, and you can download a copy of the labels in PDF format. I print the image to an A4 sheet containing a single self-adhesive label (LL1) and then cut up the individual labels with a scalpel, metal rule, magic cutting mat and enough care and attention to avoid slicing into my fingers too often. As you get older and clumsier this becomes more hazardous. If you are going to use these blocks on an incline (i. e. 3D hills), you may need to put a blank paper label on the bottom to stop them slipping.