Just a quick video to show me using my wife’s scrapbook equipment to creatively move the cumbersome job of cutting Advanced Squad Leader overlays into this millennium. Progress!

I believe the piece of equipment is called “Brother ScanNCut”

Check out the cuttin’ video below.

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Neal is a retired engineer/researcher who first played Squad Leader back in the late '70s. While getting re-acquainted with ASL after retiring, he took it as an opportunity to create VASL, Boot Camp, and AAR tutorials to help new and returning players. He lurks in the PWN.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve recently gotten back into ASL in a big way and have all of the core modules save for Doomed Battalions. I’m thinking about getting a scan-n-cut just to cut out all of the overlays. I can’t see myself doing this with scissors or a knife.

    Any tips or hints, or is it pretty straight forward?

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    • It’s pretty straightforward. The only two tricks are 1) setting the blade depth, 2) setting the offset edge after the scan. Other than that it’s just a matter of feeding tons of overlay sheets into it and let it do its work. If you get one, do some testing before starting real cutting.

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  2. Thanks Neal. I realized starting with a a fresh “standard tack” cutting mat was a bad move. To be fair, the instructions say not to use it for “printed paper”, though I thought I would be fine at it says good for “card stock”. I trashed one overlay as its stuck way too firmly. Think I can still scan it and reprint on cardstock then cut. The actual cut process turned out to work really well. Apparently some of the latest blade holders can auto-set the depth.

    I’ll report back if it goes well with a “low tack” cutting mat.

    Thanks for the idea! Its basically this or no paper overlays for me.

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  3. Just follow up here, my advice is to tread carefully :). The Twilight of the Reich Overlays really pull apart (tear) from their backing on the low-tack brother mat. I’m thinking a cutting mat that has been used some is probably more successful.

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