I'll admit that I'm increasingly become a gamer who is happy to buy something rather than make it myself. I do some of my own terrain, especially bits which are easier to make (no water effects for me!), but more often than not I'll check first what I can buy for a good price. Perhaps because I've currently a fair disposable income to finance my hobbies. One of the things I've noticed is the increasing market in wargaming accessories, from companies like Litko and Gale Force Nine.
But this isn't a post about my recent shopping (though I have just put a few bits on order). No, it is something I built, with the outlay so far of £1.63. That being some small 12mm counters (like 'tiddlywinks') - they come in a choice of eight different colours too! A few minutes cutting up the wool that Perry Miniatures used to put in their metal packs and voila:
Yup, we've black, billowing smoke to signify vehicle markers on the right, and some more 'useful' smoke on the left. These are small (see with 10mm armour below) and were made for BKC, where you can lay down vast field of smoke, but I think I can use these to mark the edges, or use them in in other games.
I know a lot of people use cotton wool - it is cheap and does the job. But I find the Perry packaging wool has a better colour and less fluffy texture. You need to carefully pull the two sheets apart and ease out some loose strands. These were from just one sheet, the blacker ones from half a sheet dipped in black ink.
Nothing earth-shattering here, but thought I'd share my latest distraction. I've also been doing some terrain, I was in the mood for it. I need to focus now though - Gharak is coming to visit in three weeks, and the secret project will need to be done then. Back to work for me!