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 - 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. 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 stone wall. Perhaps even more common in medieval/fantasy settings than braziers.
Braziers, two different variations.Generic fires and smoke.
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 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.