Here is how I make Flames for putting on aircraft to show damage.
You will need "modelling" pipe cleaners, which come in various shapes & colours.
Discard the ones you don't need (my nieces were really pleased with the cleaners I did not want) and keep the black and white ones that look like this:
Make them into a "hook" shape:
Paint each smoke plume at the "hook" end with red and yellow paint (Good old Humbrol Enamels.....)
Apply to your victim...!
In this case, a 1/600 Tumbling Dice B-17 G