My problem is that where I place fire on my game board, there is no smoke. Same goes for a wall of fog or cloudkill spell.
I've tried gluing cotton balls to bases but it typically ends up looking more like a bail of cotton that has come unbound, than actual smoke (Or worse, the PVA glue sucks in all the cotton fibers making it look like a mound of sludge).
My question for my creative, genius, crafting compatriots is...how do I craft realistic looking smoke?
I used pillow batting, from a fabric store. It comes in a large, pillow-sized 'bundle', which I tore down to the sizes needed. It is billowy, and white. I hit it with black spray paint, which basically gave it a grayish color, with black highlights -- the paint was so scattered as it would hit individual fibers in the "cloud", so it never really turned black. The more paint you apply, the darker it gets. After it dried, I found I could flex it, mash it, etc., without losing paint. I used it for burning tank wrecks for my Army Men war games (I used only black, but red, orange, and yellow could be added for an active flame appearance).
For Cloud Kill, and Stinking Cloud, etc., check the Player's Handbook. I believe they give descriptions as to the colors of the clouds -- or, at least, Gygax did, back in 1st Ed. AD&D. The batting can be formed into any size needed, up to 2-feet+ in diameter. It is relatively inexpensive, especially if you wait for a sale, or a coupon from your local fabric store. Cheers!
With using cotton balls, don't use a "wet" glue. A dab of hot glue after pulling it apart or some of the tacky glues work really well for it. Spread it out as much as you can and spray it from brights to darks from a distance while giving it time to dry. A few layers scattered through of a clear spray varnish (Preferably a matt finish one) is very good for making the end result more sturdy if you take your time.
In all honesty, you can make a few hundred of the markers at the same time with little more effort than in making one, but it does take time to do because you don't want to get the cotton more than damp in the process or it collapses until you have several sealed layers.
For a neat trick in making it, take a flickering tea light (preferably one that's limited to a flame color) and a washer that fits over around the light itself. Attach the cotton to the washer for painting to protect the light, and measure out the washer as well for sculpting around the light...
For cloud kill and similar, do the same thing with different colors and apropriate lighting...or find a while light set of tea lights and buy one of the cheap paint a stained glass plastic toys and take the paints from that to go over the light with.
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT