I'm sure many of you do this, but for those of you who don't: Before you throw stuff away, stop and think, "Can I use this for terrain or modding?".
Be sure to keep a look out for interesting textures because when it comes down to it, we don't really paint in this hobby as much as we paint by numbers. We use the texture of the surface and highlight what we want to stand out. If you've ever painted models with poor detail in the sculpt, you'll know what I'm talking about. So different textures of paper, foam, cardboard, plastics, building materials, etc should always set aside.
|Packaging Foam like what I used|
|Place Mat up close|
Things like cork make awesome basing materials, as well as plaster scrap, textured wallpaper, different types of wood, or sometimes even fabric. But looking out for textures is the main idea because it makes dry brushing a snap. But be careful gluing foam, because super glue will eat it like a Power Scooter driver at a buffet. I used craft glue which does not do that.
|Just look at all that terrain! And maybe desease!|
By making objective or scenery pieces out of trash, not only are you recycling, but you are also giving yourself a reason to fight. I know that tokens for objectives serve their purpose, but two sides trying to either capture or save a crashed pilot is way cooler.
|Clearly for trains, but just look how scrap cardboard was used!|
And for the record, I like making all of my Astartes casualties Ultramarines because I hate Ultramarines. I don't have any real reason for it, I just do.
I can't wait to play with this!
Anything to add? What trash have you turned into a usable terrain piece?
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