They're also good for just plain movement in that they don't travel with your miniature! You can move your figure and try out various movements and your starting place is marked and only when you've committed you can then move the paper clip hoop. You won't have players, or yourself say "Where was I again?"
So I've included the instructions on how to bend the paper clips out and then to bend them with another simple tool, so that you get the most round shape with minimal kinks in the paper clips. So if you want to know more check out the instructions after the jump...I'm sure i'm like a lot you when it comes to using miniatures in combat for dnd, pathfiner, or whatever rpg you play, that is you end up using whatever you have on hand that best represents the creatures the group of adventurers are facing. I actually have a ton of unpainted metal miniatures, unpainted plastic/resin figures, heroscape, heroclix, horrorclix, and mageknight figures and use various figures when i'm DM'n. Some of the figures I've used for large numbers of creatures are sometimes all the same model.
Case in point this pic to the left which I posted a little while ago on this blog. It shows the prep I did for our last session of dnd/pathfinder. All those figures are actually from the collectible figure game called mageknight. I had the time to actually number these figures with a cut up post it note and a sharpie. If I didn't have time I would have used the hoops above to differentiate the various sculptures from each other by just placing the hoops over the figures or hanging them off an appendage. As it turned out I used the hoops for marking characters who were dazed, prone, on fire, etc. which is really what I like to use the hoops for. If you have a condition or state that is "out of the ordinary" you can alway cut a post-it note and wrap the paperclip with the post-it note to create a mini flag where you can write the wacky condition upon.
Alright so you're wonder how I made such lovely round hoops with little to no kinks in them, and the ordinary tools I used? Sure you are! Ok here's the scoop: (I've used the captions to describe the process)
|These are the exact paper clips I used along with a few other|
colors I bought individually. I think they are from OfficeMax.
|Just use your fingers and bend paper clip in two to "open"|
the paper clip up you should have the same thing
as the image above, a double sided hook.
|Then bend the larger sided hook "open" so now you have a|
long single hook, if you do it right you should have a hook
with minimal kinks in it.
|Place the hook you made and center it on your acrylic rod.|
Secure it with your thumb
|Now just bend the two ends toward each other keeping|
your thumb securely located in the center and acting as the
bend point. It might take a bit of effort, but gradual bends
will insure a smooth hoop.
|Now you should have something like this, a nice tight|
circle, which brings us to our next tool.
|One little dab of hot glue in the center.|
|Quickly place your "hoop" into the jig with the seam in the|
center of the hot glue.
|Quickly place other half of block onto the hoop and hot glue.|
Wait for about 30 seconds for the heat to dissipate and the
hot glue to set up. You might have to wait longer after a few
as the silicone somewhat retains the heat for a bit.
|Once cooled you'll have something like this, a little excess|
glue and the joint sealed good and tight.
|Here it is out of the jig. Kind of looks like a right with a|
diamond or stone that just melted away. hehe.
|A quick slash with the hobby knight takes care of the|
Oddly enough now that I'm proficient in soldering you could if you have the tools also solder the joint but the hot glue did the job and didn't cover up any of the color!
Well hopefully this will encourage you into making your own conditions, effects, whatever markers, if you try larger sizes or have other techniques that worked for you please leave them in the comments below to share with the rest of the community! I look forward to seeing others work!
At some point I'll have another post for my method for creating burst, blast, spell radius, whatever markers too!
Hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for stopping by!