There is nothing quite like a raging fire to add a sense of drama and urgency to a scene.
Tufts of cotton wool work well, so why not take it to the next step, and build a raging inferno complete with columns of black soot and smoke ?
Here is a another simple scenery trick that works really well, and is quick and fun to put together.
|Start with a block of floral arrangement foam. The 'Dry' one is the best - its a grey colour and somewhat hardier than the green 'Wet' foam block..
|Use something reasonably sharp to carve out blocks about an inch or so thick from the foam block. An old paint scraper works really well for this.
|Now the fun part - use a sharp knife to carve the block into something resembling a fire. Pay attention to the corners - you want to round them all off to look more like a fire. Carve some grooves into the column of smoke. Also,
|Just hopping over to Mars for a moment - the fire markers can be used here as movable terrain features to represent 'Hills' (or in this case simmering volcanoes)
I guess these would also make brilliant markers for 20th Century games, to place on vehicles that have been hit. Remove the turret of a tank and place one of these fire markers on the hull to represent a burning hulk once a tank has been taken out.
Have a go, and I hope you enjoy setting fire to all the lovely battlefields you play on. :)