Whether you’re dealing with a city ablaze or a forest fire, a hellhound or a troll, you’re going to be dealing with fire. Regardless of whether the fire is static, or dancing across the battlefield, isn’t it about time it became more than just “the red marker”.
One of the first seasons of Encounters saw the players in a burning building. I’m always looking to spruce up Encounters, so I quickly made four fires out of some fuzzy pipe cleaners. I ran the session, the fires were a hit, and I forgot about them… until I needed them again, and again, and again.
I’ve revised the fires since my first batch. I didn’t really do anything fancy here, it’s just sparkly pipe-cleaners (wires) glued to a penny, but there’s a little technique involved.
- Cut your red wire in half.
- Form the two halves into a +
- Cut your orange/gold wire in half.
- Bend them around each half of the +
Take a penny and press it really hard against the center of the wires, you’re trying to flatten it down. Next, hold the center with your thumb, it’s going to be the bottom of the fire. Bend the other wires randomly together, ignoring one on an end. Don’t bend them together too much just yet.
Take the one on the end and wrap it tightly around the whole lot, close to your thumb, like you’re tying a shoe. Now comes the “art” of it. Bend the wires, weave them through each other, through the base, twist them, twirl them. Make it look like fire.
For a final flare, take a small piece or two of yellow/silver wire and poke it from the top, through the base, into the bottom of the fire. Bend the wire back up through the base and into the fire.
Lastly, just put a small bead of hot-glue on a penny and press your fire on tight. Voila!
By the way, I made everything in this picture (I only painted the wizard). I’ll tell you how sooner or later.
Thanks to everyone who commented on the Epic Game Board Giveaway.
The winner, as chosen by Random.org, and witnessed by my girlfriend, is…
I’ll do another giveaway at some point, stay tuned!