Friday, 12 July 2019

Explosion Markers

A quick post today to show you some explosion markers I’ve made for our World War Two games.  I made a couple quite a few years back and kept thinking “need to build a few more” 🀣 so at last here they are!
One is still green coz I ran out of spray!
They are very easy to build: start with an mdf base (I used 40mm squares, 3mm thick) and drill one hole in the middle and then several around the edges ensuring the drill is held at an angle.  Next, glue cocktail sticks or kebab skewers in to the holes to form the armature.  These should have a variety of lengths.  Then, glue on lots and lots of scenic clump foliage (or similar foam) starting with large pieces around the base and smaller pieces as you work out towards the “arms” of the explosion.  Keep turning the piece around so as to ensure a roughly even shape.

To paint them, first spray a couple of heavy coats of black (or very dark grey) until the base colour of the foam is hidden.  Ensure it’s thoroughly dry then apply a couple of very light sprays of light grey then pure white.

These will be useful for representing blown up tanks, mortar strikes or just generally giving the game a bit more bang! πŸ˜‰

11 comments:

Phil Robinson said...

Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom!

JOHNBOND said...

Nice work Matt,always a challenge to make realistic Explosive markers.
cheers John

JOHNBOND said...

Just noticed you posted on CoC facebook site, is that a indicator your dabbling in Chain of Command again Matt?
cheers JOhn

George Anderson said...

Great Matt, on my to do list.

The Wargames Table said...

Thank you all kindly chaps πŸ™‚
@John - well... maybe 🀣 It’s all George’s fault for getting me to look at Chain of Command videos on YouTube 😎
Cheers
Matt

tsold3000 said...

i soak mine in thinned black paint. let dry.

The Wargames Table said...

Thanks for the tip. Cheaper than spray 🀣

Moiterei_1984 said...

Those explosions definitely look the part!

The Wargames Table said...

Thanks Nick πŸ™‚

Paul Scrivens-Smith said...

Nice work Matt, I should do myself some of these.

The Wargames Table said...

Thanks Paul πŸ˜‰