As well as creating a few 2.5d dungeon pieces last year, I also had a go at making some of my own terrain pieces out of cheap materials (such as golf tees and dish scourers) ...and so I thought I'd do a quick recap here - just in case anyone else want's to give some of these techniques a try...
These are made from wooden tongue depressors and green dish scourers ...though you can see more pic's HERE
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The main materials for these were golf tees and more green dish scourers ...and once again, instructions and pics can be found HERE
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These little bushes are made from garden twine (and a few other bits & pieces) ...the details for which can be found HERE
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These are made from vinyl floor tiles and bird sand/grit ...and once again I posted some simple instructions on how to make them HERE
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Anyway, I hope the pictures & instructions are useful to a few folks out there (and I hope that posting links to my blog, rather than rewriting it all for the forum, isn't considered bad form).
And I agree that they are definitely worth the effort (especially if, like me, you enjoy making stuff from 'junk') - and in truth, they're pretty easy to make (and a lot cheaper than buying pre-made stuff).
It's also worth mentioning that you can use the same technique to make other stuff too ...for example:
...so, the wattle fence was made with cocktail sticks and garden twine, and then covered in (medium oak) woodstain to steal the piece (which also gives it a nice dark brown shade). A couple of quick drybrushes later and it's finished
The tree stump is made in the same way as the tree trunks - except that after applying the hot-glue, it was cut to a height of about 3/4", and then painted.
And to add a bit of detail to one of the bushes, I glued on some red 'microbeads' (I think that's what they are called ...they're a cardmaking/craft thing) to make them look like berries.
(which reminds me ...I need to make some more of these fences )
I'm a huge fan of all things made from vinyl floor tiles. I use them extensively. Hadn't thought to make up roads from them. Fantastic idea! Love it all! I have a pack of 100+ plastic ants, never thought to paint them red -- superb! The grubs are brilliantly done, as well. The octopus legs separated from the creature to represent it on the surface is fantastic. Love the posing techniques! The giant Cobra looks fantastic, need to find one of those... Thanks for sharing! Cheers!
The giant Cobra looks fantastic, need to find one of those...
Thanks. The quality of all the animals in that pack of 'mini beasts' isn't too bad at all - and they're also made out of fairly hard plastic - making them ideal for painting.
However, as of yet I've only painted/based the spider & cobra 'miniatures' ...but I really should try and do something with the scorpion and the centipede too (which you just about see underneath of the other critters in the pack). Then again, even if I don't get around to it, I've probably already got more than my money's worth from the spider & cobra alone
Hey, this are the same creatures I use to build my armored worm from. The brand was "im a celebrity get me out of here"-creepy insects and where around 2-3 Euro, but I get my bags (therer are only on sort of animals in the bag) for around 10 cent on special offer. :-)
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT