After their use attracted comments in the recent CoC game, I decided to go about making my own barrage/explosion markers. There are any number of useful tutorials on the web (I know because I looked them up), but they all use slightly differing approaches so I cherry-picked and added a bit and this is what I came up with.
|All you'll ever need.....|
After gathering my materials I made note of the following:
1) Don't use the best Milliput.
2) Don't worry about the colour of the clump foliage
3) Don't use good superglue (my stuff was the 5 for £1 that you can get from Super Savers etc.)
|First step was to make some rough armatures by pushing bamboo skewer into the centre and varying lengths of cocktail stick into the sides of the Milliput at differing angles.|
|Next is the most laborious part. After the first couple I settled on a technique of skewering small clumps of clump foliage and building up rings. I deliberately left up to 5mm of the cocktail sticks at the ends as I had a plan.|
|Next I sprayed them thoroughly with Halfords matt black primer. When they'd dried out I dry brushed first a mid-grey tone in strokes from the top down stopping short of the lowest parts and followed with a lighter grey, again stopping even higher up.|
|After raiding my son's 40K paints I picked one of the thick pigment "Base" colours and wet brushed quite vigorously into the base areas of each plume and painted the ends of the cocktail sticks.|
|I repeated the same process with a lighter red in sparser amounts and further up the tips again.|
|Then I repeated the first red stage with a "Base" yellow. All the time trying where possible to keep the brush strokes vertical up the plumes.|
|And again with a lighter yellow.|
|Very soon I'd finished all ten (the tenth was out of shot for the next picture)|
|Very happy with the final result, I'll be more than happy to use them for vehicle explosions as well as just artillery blasts.|