This one is for my new friend Garrett (did I spell that right?) and pre-existing friend Benn @ my FLGS Redcap's in Philly but this also goes out to anybody who is thinking about glowing effects on their tables, or at least some small, placeable elements like minis or scatter terrain (more on that later).
I built the ghost above tonight for this tutorial and it took about 20 minutes.
Reaper BONES make super inexpensive, translucent models ripe for lighting and you can get easy and cool effects efficiently. LED tealights are crazy inexpensive and can be used to make really great wreck markers, bonfires or in the following case, ghosts. I was insisting this very thing the other day to Garrett and pointing at my own blog as proof, failing to realize I never actually posted any damn thing about BONES lit projects here on Sarcophagi, though I did post it up over on Lead Adventure Forums, found here: Lead Adventure Forums
Anyway, I've found a lot of traction for lit things like ghosts for pulp games like Strange Aeons, to which I am addicted. I am working on Fire markers using tea lights as well and I'll post up something on that later, though the principles are the same.
- Reaper BONES Grave Wraith, about US$3.00
- Green Tealight, available through Amazon, US$7.00 for a pack of ten. I like these because the batteries are replaceable.
- Jeweler's Saw or Xacto Saw
- Scalpel or Xacto
- Crazy Glue
- 2" base
- Green Cotton (Halloween floss)
- Optional: Silicone (from DIY)
- Optional: White poster tac
|Cut the tombstone off the ghost. I saved this bit to paint up later with other tombstones. You might want to leave that there, your call. The ghost of a tombstone is cool too I guess. It does fit more centered on the tealight with the tombstone off.|
|I cut off the protective housing over the bulb since it is easier to trim out a hole for the smaller bulb instead of the bigger housing, the OD of which surpasses the width of the base of the ghost.|
|All together and ready for cotton. But first, trim out the cotton "smoke".|
So that's it friends! I leave it to you to try out, like I said, there is not much to this. Experiment and have fun with it.