Step one: buy a 100 pack of plastic screw covers at the hardware store (¥380).
Step two: divide them into two sets, drilling one hole in the first set of forty, and two holes in the second set of sixty.
Step three: cut thin wire into lengths that approximate the arrow and javelin sizes for the scale you are using.
Step four: insert these lengths into the holes and glue in place, taking care that the screw covers will sit flat.
|Screw tops drilled, some with 'javelins' inserted and glued.|
Step five: take long sip of beer, and another for good measure.
|The tools of the trade...|
Step six: spray paint all in a suitable dark green.
Step seven: paint javelins / arrows brown.
Step eight: apply flock, avoiding getting it on the javelins themselves, as far as possible.
|Flock and spray paint of choice.|
Step nine: put on table as needed.
Step ten: have another sip of beer (it was the holiday season, after all!).
So there you have it, markers in nine easy steps - or seven if you omit the beer and the playing!
I was not sure how they'd look, but they ended up being functional, easy to handle and durable. They were easy to see without sticking out like a sore thumb, so they were about what I wanted in a marker.
Any comments or suggestions for improvements most welcome.