View Full Version : How to make a fireblast effect...
09-14-2009, 08:33 PM
(First I have to give props to the master, Tom Servo, who initially presented a fireblast tutorial)
All you will really need is a piece of plastic (to serve as a support base, or "spine"), a hot glue gun, and a cup of cold water.
A lot of times, you'll want to put a fire effect into something that either normally has a spot for a missile launcher, or it just has a small groove that you could insert a piece of plastic into. Take ROTF Voyager Megatron, for instance. You'll want to find a small piece of plastic that will fit inside the groove that his murder claw extends out of.
In this case, I cut off a piece of a pen lid:
Once you have the plastic, use your glue gun to create a layer then immediately drop it into the cold water for a second or two. That will give an instant "cooling" to the glue, but it will still be soft enough for you to press it into a shape that you're wanting. Do this over and over, layer upon layer, until you have the shape you're looking for:
After that, you simply paint the finished product (some like orange & red, some like laser effects like white/purple...whatever you like!):
That's it! You have now created a custom blast effect for your figure!
09-14-2009, 08:38 PM
Here's another one you can do with a little extra flair, this time for Masterpiece Grimlock.
I cut out a strip from an orange CD case, that's what I used as the base (be sure to cut a small notch into the end so it will fit in the peg inside Grimlock's mouth). I also took one of those Marvel Legends Human Torch figures and cut off the flame effects:
I take the CD strip, and layer some glue and dip in cold water. Layer some more glue, dip in cold water, etc. etc:
Paint the blast effect so it will match the extra flame effects, then glue the Human Torch flame effects onto it:
...and you're done! Your MP Grimlock can now light any Decepticon (or Autobot, for that matter) on fire (custom MP Grimlock courtesy of our very own Frenzy_Rumble):
09-14-2009, 08:56 PM
very nice man, thanks 4 the tutorial
one of these days, i'm going to make a light-up portal. there's a tutorial around radicons, it was very cool
09-15-2009, 10:21 AM
the coolest paint I found was the transparent yellow, then orange, than red from tamyia. Then do a little bit of "almost" dry brushing with solid orange, yellow, and red.!!
Thanks for the info. I hope you do not mind if I add a little bit more.
You can also add it to trees and put stuff inside of the hot glue!!! Same steps that payton34 mentioned
09-15-2009, 10:48 PM
I gotta try this so my MP Grimlock can spitz hot fire!!!!:D
09-15-2009, 11:47 PM
Great tutorial! Also great contributions as well, very versatile technique!
09-18-2009, 04:21 AM
damn that looks sweet.
09-18-2009, 06:58 AM
just some tweaks to add from my experience. example one my Gr figures collar flames figure is like 6-7" tall
I cut the flame pattern out of a packaging bubble then added the hot glue IMPORTANT as i added the glue i had to rapidly cool the piece in water and fix deviations by reheating with passes from a cigarette lighter stretching or pushing together rapidly cooling it in the new position. to get the glue nice and clear like mine you have to make it in the first bead of glue. The more passes you have to make the more it can become opaque. you can smooth it by passing it over your flame and not touching until cured
in this pic it is a free formed fire ball
you can wrap hot glue around an abject then pull that object out of the hot glue i basically swirled hot glue around a toothpick teased it up in places with a different tooth pick while at the same time cooling it in my water in between working times. After all was done i drilled a small hole in the fireball and inserted a tiny magnet. i painted them like encline with tamiya but instead of dry brushing i painted it on and washed it on. topping them all off with a HEAVY future bath
If i made this sound hard to do it is not this is only my second set of flames i ever made with hot glue the first being on a bat mobile
IF i am out of place adding to this thread LMK i am not trying to highjack a thread just wanted to share my experience
09-18-2009, 10:06 PM
this tutorial is looking HOT! thanks for sharing :-)
09-20-2009, 11:11 AM
looks nice guys! im workin on a kitbashed classics autobot blaster! does anyone have any idea what to use!? (so far im using classics 2.0 blaster's torso and head, classics prowls arms. but i dont know what to use for the bottom half of him! if youre reading this please give me an idea! thnx
10-20-2009, 10:42 AM
this is definitely something new to me, thanks for the heads up and sharing of this wonderful recipe, btw the flames looks fantastic !
10-20-2009, 11:53 AM
Great tutorial guys,I plan on using eventually on a custom.
11-27-2009, 05:35 AM
awesomeness, i need a fire tutorial too! this is just the thing for wat i need! again, awesome tutorial
11-30-2009, 04:05 AM
I've used a similar process to make some stuff too.
an Ice Blast for an Iceman I'm working on
a Psychic Knife for a Psylocke
And an energy blast for TF guns
I've found stuff like that really adds something to your figures. Plus, its kind of fun to just hot glue random shapes and see what comes out.
12-02-2009, 12:22 AM
i tried this for my rotf jetfires minigun it looks great, defenatly worth trying on posable figures i love the whole effect