Help, a laser for a tracer.

hello, the title says pretty much everything.

I want to make a tracer that is a laser. kind of like a long zap. not really like a continuous laser. just one that travels through the air thats like 2-10 feet long or so, ‘a customizable length’.

Use https://wiki.garrysmod.com/page/render/DrawLine
and get the position where the trace starts and ends

hey, i did it a different way, *the reason it took so long is because i was just trying to figure it out myself for the most part rather than having someone walk me through it, and im 90% done. it makes the type of tracer i want and the length etc. everything is perfect, except its not getting the right material. the tracer is a purple and black checkerboard.
the line im using is


Material("materials/effects/thetracername")

and for some reason its not picking that material for the tracer.

ive tried just doing


Material("effects/thetracername")

and that didnt work either, so i dont really know whats going wrong.

[editline]3rd September 2017[/editline]

and also, the lines/directory’s are correct. they are spelled correctly and lead the right way, i just dont know whats going wrong.

[editline]3rd September 2017[/editline]

actually i just created a folder and put them inside of it and now it works.

You might find this thread useful, if you didn’t see it already: http://forum.facepunch.com/showthread.php?t=1387831

i looked at it a long time ago, but didnt really read through it or pay much attention.
this was when i first wanted to make a laser-like tracer
this was just another one of my projects i put off, and i finally got back to it and finished it.