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Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2021 3:09 a.m. PST

All kinds of weather – so yes fog too.

One of those fog generators would look quite cool in a fantasy game.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2021 4:15 a.m. PST

I've played in fog games before. They're the only way to replicate certain battles. But I'll confess I dislike them. Troops off the table diminishes the appearance, and a non-playing umpire for hidden movement is getting harder to find.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2021 7:02 a.m. PST

My wife has a diffuser for releasing oil scents into the air. It creates a water vapor plume effect that looks like the volcano smoke in some cheesy giant monster movie from the 50s. I might have nefarious plans for it…grin

williamb11 Sep 2021 8:50 a.m. PST

Years ago our club did Austerlitz. We used cotton to simulate the fog much like the guys at the Little Wars YouTube channel did
YouTube link

Recently we also did Arracourt

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2021 9:17 a.m. PST

Germantown would be a good candidate.
The problem is that simulating fog is difficult.
It would have to be done on maps controlled by an impartial GM. American wings did get lost, with some "friendly fire" too.
It's a good thing that suddenly it burns off and the game can proceed as normal.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2021 9:20 a.m. PST

But I would not use "real" fog. I'd be afraid of what the figures would end up smelling like.
Who wants the New Jersey Brigade smelling like potpourri?

rmaker11 Sep 2021 4:08 p.m. PST

Simulated fog, yes. The stuff in the video, no.

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2021 7:35 p.m. PST

Simulating fog is really tricky, especially if you're doing Horse and Musket.

Of course playing ancient games you don't have that problem. You wait for the sun to burn the fog away before slaughter would commence. If nobody can see you slicing your way through the enemy, where's the glory, how can the bards write the legends? Nope, when all you have is a leather cod piece, brawny thews (note to self; google 'thews') and a large bit of sharp metal used for hitting people… you don't fight in fog.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2021 4:23 p.m. PST

Simulated fog in that units are obscured, sure

That weird green stuff in the video, no thanks

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2021 2:12 p.m. PST

A fog machine spewing moisture on minis and terrain, no!

Cotton, yes. That Austerlitz game vid is ace.

Thresher0114 Sep 2021 1:54 a.m. PST

I've definitely considered it and want to, though with the chemical(s) used with the fog machines, I'm not sure that really is wise, now that I think about it.

Plain water vapor should/could be considered, though of course that negates the use of paper terrain and buildings, and playing mats, if porous, will need to be dried out afterwards to prevent the growth of mold.

Yesthatphil15 Sep 2021 3:09 a.m. PST

Austerlitz. Iconic … if your game can't do Austerlitz, then it can't really do Napoleonics.


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