Outside of waiting for the "tea light candles" to show up, it takes almost no time at all to make these!
Here is what you'll need:
- Tea light candles (LEDs) - I bought these: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GKX9RFU/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
- White (PVA) glue
- Black primer
- Cotton balls
|The supplies needed to make the markers.|
The first step is to shape the cotton. I pull at the sides to make it into a larger circle (larger than the diameter of the tea light candle), then I use my finger to create the hole for the tea light candle to fit in ... place it over one of the tea light candles then pull on the top part to form the plum of smoke.
|Form the cotton ball.|
Next I put white glue on the top and sides of the tea light candle (but not on the "flame" part). Once the glue is on I put the formed cotton over the tea light candle and then I roll the tea light candle between my hands and form it around the base of the tea light candle ... and work on the rising plum top.
|The cotton attached with white glue.|
Next I use the black spray primer at a distance of about 1 foot to ** lightly** spray the cotton ... moving closer as needed. I hit the very top part of the plum of smoke a little heavier ... but mostly I make sure to get a good even hit around the marker. The paint will help the cotton maintain it's form and add some durability.
|Black spray primed cotton.|
Let it dry and done!
|I test the light before I start the whole process|
(I've had a single DOA so far).
|Here you can see the marker in action on the table.|
This is a super easy and cheap why to add a ton of flavor to your WW2 gaming --- I plan to play a couple of games using these for the windows of burning buildings ... another great application for them.
In other news ... I'm nearly finished building 4Grounds Pegasus Bridge set --- I plan to run this scenario at CelestiCon a couple of times. It is a rather large bridge ... can't wait to see it fully done ... I'll be attaching it to a custom board with river, etc. I've also got to finish painting the edges on the main span ... but getting there.
|85% finished Pegasus Bridge by 4Ground.|
That is it for now ... but more to come soon!