Some time ago I made a load of smoke and flame markers
for my 15mm Flames of War
tanks. I'd seen lots of ideas on-line for how to make smoke and flame columns for tanks that were destroyed and brewed up. My solution (and the tutorial I posted here
) was an amalgam of lot of different ideas and yielded some solid durable models ideal for 15mm wargaming. The problem was that none of the markers I made were really suitable for my 6mm North Africa project. So I decided to make new smoke markers specifically made for 6mm scale vehicles, and this meant a different design approach was needed.
The Smoke columns I made for my 15mm models were far too large for 6mm vehicles and would not balance on top of tanks in that scale. I considered using black polyester stuffing material, similar to the 'official' smoke and flame material sold by Battlefront, but it just didn't look as good as the markers I made first time around. What I needed was a way to hold my new mini smoke markers over the vehicles without obscuring the tank itself. And the solution came to me in one of those rare 'Eureka' moments (well rare for me!) while sitting at my desk in work.
I decided to use paper clips, bent into a suitable armature, to glue the smoke column onto while holding it over the vehicle. The bottom of the paper clip forms a foot that slips under the model base, holding it upright. I have used ordinary medium sized (3cm) metal paper clips in these examples but you could use whatever you have to hand. Here are the steps I used to create my mini smoke markers.
Rats... they look superb...I might have to make some! More blummin' work!ReplyDelete
Well done Lee, great work and really effective ;)ReplyDelete
Looks great, I'll have to try this for my 15mm-Tanks!ReplyDelete
Damnation - they work better than mine! I will be copying this immediately.ReplyDelete
How neat. I've got to have a go of this.ReplyDelete
Just realised that I should have taken a picture showing the wire 'foot' of the smoke marker tucked under the base of the model. The wire looping up round the side of the tank is hardly noticeable once painted the right colour to match the gaming surface.ReplyDelete
What a brilliant idea Lee. They look great.ReplyDelete
Great idea and well executed!ReplyDelete
Very nice smoke markers, I'll need to revisit your 15mm marker post as well.ReplyDelete
Hey Lee, there is a typo in your link to your 15mm smoke post.Delete
remove the I at the end and yo're good to go.
Thanks for spotting that...all corrected now!Delete
How bizarre... You posted another comment and I can see it when I check my comment stream but it's not showing here. No idea why. Well in response to your comment, I totally agree, the PVA works so much better than my original super-glue method. The key to using PVA as a hardener and sealer is just time, lots of it. Although as stated if you can find a warm place (like my boiler cupboard) that'll speed things up.Delete
Yeah sorry, I think that comment was over on the old post. It got me thinking about doing the PVA thing on some trees I have with clump foliage. They have a tendency to shed chunks when handled, especially by small children. I wonder if that might fix the problem.Delete
Very nice work! SimonReplyDelete
Well done Lee; I will definitely pinch that idea if I ever get back to 6mm...ReplyDelete
Very nice Lee, you are a clever boy!ReplyDelete
Those are very good mate, anything to save money but that's why Ray says you're rich!ReplyDelete
That is the way to go! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
What a superb idea! Very effective too I have to say.ReplyDelete
Those work really well. I like how they're more smoky and less flame-y than many of the markers people make. Especially given that they'd be 50-foot tall flames...ReplyDelete