I got my hands on those empty homeopathic tubes. I'm sure there is something I can build with them, but I haven't found exactly what yet.
I asked on reddit, and there were a few good ideas there, but I think most people have the wrong scale in mind. Those tubes are actually pretty small; slightly taller than a lighter.
This are the 4 coasters for 50cts I bought. Full of witty jokes on the front and cork on the back.
I already had some Sewer tiles I made in the past from cork coasters, but they were unfortunately not the same scale. So instead of making more sewer tiles I decided to simply make regular tiles.
I divided them 3x3 3.5cm squares. I could have made them 4x4 2.5cm squares but I like my minis to have some breathing room. 2.5cm is the very minimum, and because I will be chopping some cork off to delimit the squares, it would have ended up too small.
Cutting the fork along the lines.
Adding some irregularities to the patterns.
Priming them black. The good thing about cork (as opposed to foam) is that you can prime it without the spray melting it.
A little drybrush and they look much better already.
A second one with some brown and green. I tried to do some irregular patterns. The last thing I tried is on the top right, brushing on the corners of the tiles, I find it gives a nice finish, I should do more of that.
So here is the broken pillar from the remnants of my attempt at lightning the tower.
I applied a fair dose of modeling paste on it. This stuff is not good for filling small gap, but perfect to add some texture to any regular plain surface.
And sanded it.
And primed black.
This looked a bit better. I can't decide if it really looks like a broken pillar or a bit of plastic on top of a bottle top.
The second dry brush gave a bit more depth. I think it looks mildly more interesting. At this point I'm starting to consider this more like a training ground than an actual piece I'll love to have on the table.
Added some grime at the bottom, to separate the base from the pillar.
Repainted a toy canon.
I don't have pictures from the initial toy, but I did that repaint to test out my metallic paints. I also added some Typhus Corrosion on the nose, but I think I should have added even more for such a large cannon.
Those are playmobil rocks textured and painted.
This is the original piece. I sometimes find some in garage sales. I only added a layer of modeling paste on them to give them rock texture. I wait for it to dry (usually overnight) then sand it to make the surface smoother.
Then it's black priming, grey dry brushes everywhere, brown on the bottom, and some green here and there.
I kept the holes open as I plan to repaint the playmobil trees that come with them later.
I find that they make great scatter terrain pieces. The only issue is that some of the small "steps" are too small to properly accomodate a miniature. Only the big one could, but as soon as I'll start adding trees they won't have enough space either.
Anyway, that's one of the cheapest and easiest terrain I did.
With no real plan in mind for how I would use it, I decided to try to repaint a plastic toy to see if I could make it look much better.
I think I forgot to take a picture of the gun before I started... well, too bad. Once again, it was found for 1€ in a second hand shop.
I started with a black primer and a white dry-brush. I did the dry brush to better see the various edges of the weapon, but also hoping it would improve the latter highlights.
Brown dry brush. I did it with a small brush so I would not put too much brown on the metal parts.
Now metal drybrush on the metal parts. I used a similar brush, but a different one. When I drybrush, I usually use several brushes as I can never manage to get rid of all the paint from one color before using another. And if I use water to get rid of it it's even better because then my dry brush is not dry at all and it creates lots of smudges marks everywhere.
I did a second brown drybrush, slightly lighter on the raised areas and the engraved parts.
Then painted the details with some gold on the metal and chestnut on the wood.
I don't know if you're familiar with this toy. It's a Vulli Tree, and has been pretty popular with kids in France for at least three generations.
I never had one myself, but I recently found two of them in a second hand shop for 2€ each. I bought one for my daughter and took one for me.
Being second hand they were missing some stickers and plastic parts. But by buying two I was able to make an almost-complete one for my daughter and keep the bare one for me.
This is how it looks once opened. As a terrain piece, I didn't want it to open at all. I had in mind an old wise tree like you can see in GoT, so I had a plan to paint it white with autumnal leaved.
I had never done this kind of thing before (painting trees, especially not white-barked and in autumnal leaves so I kinda expected it to not look as great as I envisioned but.. as I always say when DMing: "there's only one way to find out").
First step was opening it and removing all the pieces from the inner mechanism. It would make the whole structure lighter and less noisy.
Here it is, with all the "useless" parts removed.
As you can see, the upper part is pretty empty. My plan was to fix the top part with some glue, but also fill in the gap between the canopy and the first floor with some expansive moss (not sure of the exact term).
I filled the top ridges with glue from my glue gun. Gluing the central square was actually an error, as I would need it to be mobile for the next step.
This is the expansive moss I was talking about.
I put some on the rim of the first floor and then attached the canopy on top. I should have tester the product on some cardboard first because it didn't expand as I expected.
I made fake coins out of used Nespresso Capsules.
I had so many of those capsules to throw away every month I figured I should be able to do something with them.
So I started opening them, throwing away the coffee still inside, cleaning them, drying them, flattening them and gluing them two by two.
My 2yo loves playing with those.
Here they are, cleaned and drying
I tried to make some terrain pieces out of playmobil parts. Mostly just apply modeling paste on top to give them some texture and repainting them. I plan to use them in my mega dungeon game, where my players are exploring a swamp full of forgotten barrows.
Here is the toy when I bought it. I knew I could paint the rocks in a convincing fashion using some modeling paste to give some texture, because I had done it before.
What to do with the dune and the water, though, I wasn't sure.
Here is the other piece of terrain. Could work as a small barrow as well. The holes are meant to be used to fit trees, and I intend to convert some playmobil trees as well. What I'm concerned about with this hill is in terms of gameplay; if there is enough room to make miniatures fit on it...
And a patch of sand... I thought I could maybe paint that as a small pond. I have no experience with painting water, so it could be a way to try.
Here they are, textured, waiting for the paste to dry.
This is the current state of the pond. Does not look better in reality than what you can see on the picture. I plan on testing a water effect on it, and adding some grass around it.
I bought some cheap toy house to see if I could make them look better with a cheap paint job.
Above are the three houses when I bought them. They were about 1€ each (the small one was for free).
I knew they would not be the right scale for my miniatures, but I wanted to see if I could make them look good with a quick paint job using cheap paints. I'd rather practice on cheap toys like this first.
Closer look on the Hello Kitty one. Lots of details on the porch, but unfortunately not a the right scale.
And the other one. Way less details here.
First thing to do is to close all the windows. I had a bunch of plastic poker money counter lying around so I glued them across all windows.
For smaller windows I used some plastic.
I also added two bottle caps on the tower on the right to hide the plastic bit jutting from it, and hoping to turn it into a chimney.
I should have spend more time adjusting it so it sits in the center, though. I should also have removed the handle but I didn't have the right tool to cut that, and it was just for practice anyway.
Same job went for the Hello Kitty one, blocking the windows.
This was actually harder as the space is much tighter here. Also, gluing thick plastic like I did wasn't a good idea, I should have used thin plastic everywhere, it would have been easier to glue. Lesson learned.
With all windows blocked, ready for priming on a beautiful sunny day.
For the small one, I simply added a Sigmar sign on top, and some chopsticks on the side.
For this one, I also added some wooden coffee stirrer on the door to make it look like a wooden door.
I don't have pictures of the painting process, but here is what I did.
After priming black, I dry brushed a brown on the wooden walls with a very large make up brush. Because the brush was so large, I couldn't get into the angled recesses which gave the houses a dark look.
I did something similar with the roofs, metal unis and stone walls. Then, I picked a smaller brush and dry brushed green on any greenery.
And that's it.