Nothing stalls a fight on a grid like a circular or conical area-effect spell. Everyone waits while someone counts and recounts squares, and then figures angles like a pool shark. For fireballs and other circles, macrame rings trim minutes from the process. The rings come in variety of sizes, so you can get an 8-inch ring for Fireball, a 6″ ring for Darkness, and a 4″ ring for Antimagic Field.
ArcKnight’s sets of flat-plastic templates include conical templates, but I favor wire templates. Rigid patterns make measuring easier and wire can often be set on a map without moving any miniatures. No one manufactures wire cones that work as well as macrame rings, so I made my own.
These templates require these components:
Home-improvement stores sell all these components, including the heat-shrink tubing.
To make the templates you need these tools:
To create a 6-inch-cone template and a 6-inch extension, do the following steps:
- In the corner of a large sheet, use the protractor to mark a 60° angle. Extend the angle 12 inches and then mark each line at 6 inches. Rotate the ruler at 6 and 12 inches to draw circular arc between the branches.
- Clean the steel rods.
- Use the pliers bend the rod to match the shape of the 6-inch cone.
- Using the hacksaw, cut the rod where the wire overlaps.
- Bend and trim the remaining wire to the shape of the 6-inch extension.
- Connect the ends of each template with heat-shrink tubing, and then use the heat gun to shrink the connection.
- Paint the templates.
These templates approach the quality of macrame rings.