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Heroes of Normandy Now Locked and Loaded

Kevin L. Kitchens
United States
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One of the biggest issues with the previous edition of Lock 'n Load Tactical: Heroes of Normandy by Lock 'n Load Publishing, LLC. was that the box was too shallow to hold the GMT trays required to organize the counters properly.

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Fortunately, the rerelease came with a nicer 3" deep box (Unboxing (second edition)), ready to handle counter trays! Sorted and organized with dividers, the counters would need about 64-66 GMT tray sections to hold them. At 20 per tray, this equates to THREE full GMT trays and a good bit of a fourth! Even the new box couldn't handle FOUR of those trays! Not mention the need to pull them all out to find the right counters each game.

Fortunatelier, between the first and second release I'd designed the modular GMT tray replacements (which of course you've seen here many times, but the applications are plentiful!). So I adapted them to HoN just as I've done with Combat Commander: Europe (link), Band of Brothers: Screaming Eagles (link), Great War Commander (link), and even Firefly Adventures: Brigands and Browncoats (link) and Renegade (link).

Normandy uses every single variant of the boxes that I have. A 4-module tray for the Americans, a 3-module tray for the German Wehrmacht, 2-module versions for the British and in-game counters, a single module for the German Fallschirmjäger, and even the 2x3 special for the SS Troops (they of course were always a bit odd).

Wanting to try something a little different for labeling the boxes, I used the "Print and Cut" feature of my Zing Orbit ( to "print" the lid patterns to a PDF. Then using Photoshop, I imported the image and then laid out the box artwork to fit the space that would become the box lid. I'd hoped to print on the sides as well, but the folding method I use made the edges white. I could have printed on the back first, but that was getting a little ridiculous. When I was done, I printed the box art onto the cardstock along with the print and cut registration marks. Then ran it through the cutter and when all was said and done, the lid was cut and the artwork was where I wanted it to be. It's a lot of work and I'll probably stick to labels in general, but it's good to know the process is there if I want to use it.

So in the end, while I made six different trays, they still take up less space in the box than four GMT trays. And when I play (after I manage to get a copy of the 5.0 rule book!), I only need to get out the trays for the forces being used and the counters are neatly organized.

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