So I saw the winning entry of the super hero contest and that really has me curious about particle effects. I am starting this thread because hopefully people will put their knowledge together here on particle effects.
Here are some questions which maybe someone could answer. Some of it has to do with the entry.
1)I really liked the electricity running down the body and up the arms in particle warfare. It this just just electricity with moving points?
2)How was the particles being absorbed by the hand done?
1. You're correct, the electricity running down the body/arms is just keyframing the start and end points. I played around a bit with the other properties of the lightning effect to adjust how it acted as it moved. Off the top of my head I can't remember the exact modifiers I used though.
2. To give the impression that the particles were being absorbed, a mask of the hand was created and layered on top of the particles so that it looked like they went into the hand and behind some of the fingers.
Anything specific on the iceman effect you'd like to know about?
Hope that helped