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After repeatedly forgetting where the objectives are, i figured it would be a good idea to literally power the objectives with light. I want to make terminator-base sized objectives (five of them) that involve a red led light and battery. I own a soldering iron and live near a radio shack.
Before going on this adventure (on which i will surely scald myself with hot lead) i figured i'd see if anybody had thought about this or new of any good results.
an idea would be scour the internet for some pre-built pre-batteried LEDs and then adapt them to whichever marker you want them on
unless you really want to use your soldering iron then... by all means go ahead
Could you not just paint all your objectives fluorescent yellow or something? Much easier than burning yourself with a soldering iron...
That said, this is a good idea, and I'm interested to see what you come up with!
By the way... may not be all that useful, but Ein used to have a penchant for lighting stuff up... Here's one of this threads about that, using really small (SMT) leds...
Might help... but might be a bit past what you're going for, too. You don't need tiny leds, do you?
And over there we have the labyrinth guards.
One always lies, one always tells the truth, and one stabs people who ask tricky questions.
So the approach i'm thinking about is described pretty simply here: HOWTO: Make A 9V Mini Flashlight - Gizmo Watch.
The 9 volt batteries are easy to come by, long lasting, and very cheap. They fit nicely on a terminator base. I just need an idea of what to build around the 9V batteries. I'm sure an old city of death box has more than enough bits to stealth it. I'll do my best to keep y'all posted. Thanks so much for the input.
A worthwile investment, I think.
On the light up markers front, having skimmed over that tutorial... pulling a 9V battery apart just for the terminals seems a bit... wasteful. Will you be doing that, or buying some of those 9V battery connectors instead?
This will help you with the math
I used it to help figure out what kind of resistors when I put LEDs in my Vindacators
If you do things right people wont be sure if you have done anything at all.
The one thing you MUST do if you're using LEDs is that you needto pay attention to the polarity to the LED and you must attach a resistor.
Some common modeling LEDs come with built-in resistors, but they're usually marked up to about $2.00 each or something silly. LEDs generally cost little more than 15 cents each.
Also, the resistance rarely matters too much, as long as it is there. Just use a 100ohm resistor and you should be fine. If you want a dimmer light, use a 500ohm resistor. Try not to go below 75ohms or so. LEDs last a very long time, and they will overlast your batteries hundredfold.
LEDs have a short lead and a long lead. Electricity can 'flow' only in one direction.
If you have a friend help you (trust works here) or a alligator-clip-stand, you can solder rather easily. If you can paint a Warhammer figure, you can solder wires.
So this was actually much easier than expected, and the soldering iron was kind to me. These are more concept pieces. Incidentially, if you ever need a perfect 60mm base, a tin of Skoal will suffice!
I went to radio shack and picked up LED's (99 cents each, cheap resistors, in this case 1/4 watt 100 ohm, though i should use higher, 9v batteries, and a pack of 9 volt harnesses). Quite a fun project.
Last edited by MunDMC; September 2nd, 2009 at 04:33.