I go to several wargaming events and tournaments every year. Most of them are for the 2nd Word War Flames of War 15mm miniatures game. Every player needs to bring to the game two Flames of War Objective Markers of the size of a large base. In the past I have produced them as souvenirs from the event (and I may still produce them). I have seen players bring them to future events – a grateful experience. Some suggested to me that I should make them as event prizes – as in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. I think it is a great idea. Most tournaments just have a cash prize based on the participants contributions to the event. Even if the event has a trophy, you don’t carry it from event to event. An objective market and prize combination is something you can brag with in a future tournament.
I could have used the same old technique of laser cutting and engraving them on wood. I may use that technique again in the future. However, I recently bought a vinyl cutter and wanted to combine both tools into an elegant creation. As for materials I chose very thin transparent acrylic (you can get better deal if you drive to Home Depot and search the Window section, 1/16″ in is good), to blend with the terrain and Orcal 651 semi-permanent vinyl.
I am attaching the Silhouette Cameo Objective Markers for Silhouette Vinyl Cutter pattern I used to cut it. You can find the Flames of War base template in other postings I have done. You may want to pick up a transparent transfer paper with a grid so that you can align the vinyl perfectly; however, I just cut a frame around the vinyl so that I can transfer it even if I do not have grid paper. If you do a lot of vinyl work you may want to buy the bulk one.