|MadSci Network: Chemistry|
A lot of this depends on your shooting conditions (indoors vs outdoors). As far as coatings go two things come to mind. 1) A flammable gel such as the kind that is used in fondue pots. It's basically ethanol in a gel. I think you could probably make it up your self but it's easier to buy. 2) Some underarm deodorants are gel-like and will burn as well. In both cases the flames will be a pale blue. These two methods would be the safest. As with anything involving fire you need to look into your local laws and safety regulations. As well as taking appropriate precautions: fire extinguishers, first aid kit, goggles, gloves, etc... I think you will have lots of problems keeping the arrows lit as they fly through the air. Typical in movies that use real fire the arrowheads are wrapped in a flammable tar like substance or sometimes cloth. Also you have the added mass of something on the arrow, keep that in mind too. The utmost safest and most legal thing to do is use CG. Ara
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