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Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Aug 2021 12:45 p.m. PST

I finished detailing the base and am pretty happy overall. I need to work on my flame painting but that's half the fun right?


I threw together a quick tutorial here:


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Aug 2021 12:51 p.m. PST


Alice Cooper approves!
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Stryderg25 Aug 2021 1:24 p.m. PST

StryderG approves of the house, the fire and the house of fire! That came out really good.

rustymusket25 Aug 2021 1:39 p.m. PST

Looks great! Thanks for posting.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian25 Aug 2021 2:32 p.m. PST

Shouldn't there be smoke from the chimney or windows, too? grin

Micman Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2021 2:58 p.m. PST

Great stuff!

Thresher0125 Aug 2021 2:59 p.m. PST

Looks good!

Bright orange and yellow for flames really help. I bought a can of that really bright orange, flourescent colored, marking paint for painting my polyfill material, and then added a bright yellow over it.

Painting those colors first, and then protecting them from the black and gray paint willl help keep them bright.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2021 4:40 p.m. PST

I think it looks great.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Aug 2021 5:38 p.m. PST

Hmm. I have some super bright orange too. Might paint some clumps orange and some yellow and make the kebabs in 3 arts: orange, yellow and black.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2021 8:10 p.m. PST

Very well done!

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP26 Aug 2021 1:07 a.m. PST

Nice. Looks like the BBQ is burning the ribs LOL.

Thresher0126 Aug 2021 2:10 a.m. PST

Some red, mixed in with the orange and yellow works well too.

Pull up some burning photos, and/or videos to see how to make it look more realistic.

Sgt Slag26 Aug 2021 5:40 a.m. PST

For table use, I think it is great. Per Bill's comment, with that much smoke coming out the back, it should be pouring smoke out every window and opening, but you will tend to lose sight of the house, itself, due to the amount of smoke. Comes down to deciding how realistic you want it to be. Also, factor in how any added smoke will affect LOS on the table, and how it will impact the table view, overall. That should aid in deciding how much smoke is enough. Cheers!

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Aug 2021 8:23 a.m. PST

On my tables terrain comes in two varieties (my ground scales are usually 50 or 100 yards/inch).

Terrain features which are game relevant. They block LOS, cost more to move across etc.

Scatter pieces are simply there for looks. Single trees or buildings, abandoned carts, etc. They do not exist in the game. If they are in the way you just relocate them. I think these burning buildings would most often fit that category.

Though I might in some games put several in a town and call the whole town on fire etc.

Mark 128 Aug 2021 12:15 p.m. PST

Hey Mark EC:

I like the overall effect. I would offer the observation that smoke and flames can vary greatly from one instance (or even one moment) to the next, so if you experiment with more bright orange and yellow flames on other buildings, while this one retains more billowing black smoke, I think they will mix on the table just fine.

I appreciate the base you have placed the house upon. Looks nice, with some variation in foliage and the pathway.

But I do find myself agreeing with Bill on the rest of the structure looking perhaps a bit too pristine for my tastes. For a wargaming table we should presume that this is not just some case of putting paint too close to the water heater in the back room -- this building is on fire from nearby combat or other direct malfeasance. So battle scars might serve well. Maybe a black hole in the roof? I think it would also do well to be a bit less clean on the front -- perhaps some black/brown smudges going up from doors and windows to mark smoke escaping from the front. Also for my damaged buildings I find that a small rectangle of card stock or plastic sheet serves well as a door, which can be attached on one edge (the hinged side) and left protruding at a small angle. To my eye nothing says "house abandoned in a hurry" more than the front door being left ajar.

Just some thoughts. Like the work, and hope to see more.

-A different Mark
(aka: Mk 1)

Captain Pete29 Aug 2021 6:13 a.m. PST

I really like the smoke effects, Mark! I have some Woodland Scenics clump foliage and may give this a try.

Valderian01 Sep 2021 10:17 a.m. PST

Very good! I have to try this effect, too!

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