Friday, October 9, 2015

Tutorial: Bolt Action Order/Pin Dice Holder

Frustrated with remembering pins in Bolt Action? Want an easy way to keep track of pins and order dice? Build a simple dice holder to help!


  • Scrap paper
  • Milliput/Green Stuff/Epoxy Putty
  • Bolt Action Order Dice
  • 7mm Dice
  • Scotch Tape
  • X-acto Knife
  • Basing Material
  • Paint

I suggest wearing a pair of disposable nitrile gloves for this. I know some people are against wearing gloves when mixing putty (as the putty tends to stick to the gloves) but I recommend it.

1. Tape the piece of scrap paper down to your work surface. You'll use this to assemble the dice holders on so the putty doesn't stick to the work surface.

2. Place the scotch tape around the surface of each dice. This will keep the dice from getting putty stuck in the pips/words and will help keep the dice from sticking too much (they will still stick a little).

3. Mix the epoxy putty as directed on the package. Roughly 2oz. of putty (half a standard pack of Milliput) will yield about 10-11 dice holders. Break off pieces and roll into ~3/4" balls. Place the putty balls on the paper.

4. Using your index finger, push each ball down into a disc. Then, start pushing each dice into the putty, making a large indentation for the order dice and a small indentation for the "pin marker" dice.

Form the excess putty into a slope surrounding each die, trying to remove the "smashing hamburger" cracks in the edge.

5. If you want to use basing material, it's a good time to push any sand/gravel into the sloping edges.

6. To remove each die from the putty, wiggle the die back and forth, and then slowly lever it out. It's okay if you expand the the indentation a little (it makes putting the die in easier) just try not to mess up the slopes that actually hold the die in. Once you remove both dice, you may need to smooth out the interior of each indentation with your little finger.

Allow each holder to cure.

7. Once the putty has fully cured, remove each holder from the paper and shake off any loose basing material. Paint each holder as necessary.

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