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Set your battleground on fire - applications of the modelling technique

Burning tree

Last saturday was midsummer, and in Finland was burning bonfires. So, what's a better topic to write about than about modelling fire? Fire is extremely strong element in models, and this article shows you different ways of using it in your gaming terrains, dioramas or wherever you want to use it. If you haven't read my [FIRE MODELLING TUTORIAL], go ahead and read if now or after reading this article. 

Below you'll find photos of terrain items where fire has been used. 

Camp fire

Camp fire - one of the most common random encounter locations in D&D. Just a piece of cardboard, few pieces of wire and small pebbles glued to it, one wire pointing up - some paint and then some fire is modelled on the piece. 


Generic explosion fires and smoke from the chimney

Streams of steam. Grey and white spray paint is used to make the steam lighter.

Burning space ships. You'll see more pics of these ships and tutorial how to make such in another post, Tutorial: Burning starship wrecks (and how to model fire!)

Burning buildings
Burning buildings. You can see more about these models at Axis & Allies miniatures ww2 town terrain, WIP and Axis & Allies miniatures terrain, European town

Braziers! All good fantasy needs braziers.These ones were made from metal buttons; They have 4 holes, and 1mm thick wires have ben pushed through these holes to form brazier legs. Wire inside the fires has been tied and glued to these legs.

Torch attached to a wall
Torch attached to stone wall. Perhaps even more common in medieval/fantasy settings than braziers.

Braziers, two variations
Braziers, two different variations.Generic fires and smokeGeneric fires and smoke.

Burning tree

Burning tree. made just like normal tree (I'll provide tutorial one day), but branches aren't cut off but fold up to form structures of flames.

Smoke as a terrain element
Smoke terrain used in D&D miniatures game. Actual smoke terrain areas are represented by gray flat areas, smoke items are placed on these terrain elements - just to make it look cool. 


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I am very intrested in

Submitted by Tom Woodruff (not verified) on

I am very intrested in learning your technique for modeling fire.Please how/where the info is available.This looks like a lot of fun.

Hi Tom - and sorry your post

Submitted by Shaper and Maker on

Hi Tom - and sorry your post got drowned in the middle of thousands of Spam! I'm now going through them and seeing if there's any real posts. 

Anyway, you can find a link in the post that points to a post where I show how I'm creating these fire effects. I hope you'll still find use for the guide!

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