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Eco-Scenery

Miniature Wargaming (or “Toy Soldiers”) can be an expensive hobby, but one area where you can save some money, and save the planet, is scenery.

Your little Army men need a battlefield, and although it is possible to buy pre-made scenery and terrain, it can be a lot cheaper, and a lot more fun, to make your own.

Before throwing anything away, it is worth casting a creative eye over it, and asking yourself “Can I make a piece of scenery from that?”, and the answer is almost always “YES!”

Not sure how? Visit http://www.everything-is-scenery.co.uk/ to find some hints and tips, along with several step-by-step guides to making simple, recycled scenery from household objects!

Starting materials

Starting materials

Pill Box Bunker

Pill Box Bunker

The Art of Art (A Peek Behind The Scenes)

Paint Pots

Paint Pots

While not working on The Crystal Wizard website, or out finding new Art, I sometimes create my own. My usual medium is miniature figurines, and the scenery to go with them. But it is not these that I am writing about today, but instead the side-art that I find in them.

In this first picture, we see pots of paint, each marked with its colour, and variously faded by use. Although the pots themselves are hexagonal, the rounded lids prevent them from fitting together closely, and the opening-tags point in random directions, as the pots are pushed back once not being used. There are other sets of colours, including inks and washes, that are kept separate, and larger scenery paints and sprays that stay in drawers until needed.

More Paint Pots

More Paint pots

This untidy mix of of pots shows the chaos that can ensue after a long, diverse painting session, if some regimen is not kept to!

In frequent bouts of organisation, the pots are split by type, keeping the washes and inks away from the base-coats, and then ordered by colour and shade, with metallics to one side (I have not yet mastered the arduous “non-metallic metallics” technique!).

Tools

Tools of The Trade

Beside the main painting area lies the tool tray. A plethora of utensils, built up over years, for removing the models from their frames (or ‘sprues’), filing down rough edges and applying moulding-putty as needed. Pens and pencils not only serve to jot notes, but can be used for extra shading, with graphite giving a shiny edge to black surfaces. A pin-vice is also useful when trying to connect parts together, drilling small holes for paper-clips to fit into.

Tissue

Tissue paper for cleaning brushes

And to the other side we have our tissue paper, for wiping excess paint and drying brushes. Regularly replaced, each one holds a unique record of the work it was used with. Some paints bleed into the absorbent paper, forming strange, almost organic, patterns, while others (such as dry-brush techniques) leave straight trails across the surface.

Missing from this collection are the brushes, which I can’t seem to get a satisfactory picture of, and the water pot, for cleaning said brushes. The water pot does build up paint around its edge, but is refreshed so frequently that it would take too many shots to do it justice.

Palette

Artist’s Palette

Last, but by no means least, we have the palette. Used for thinning paints before use, and mixing colours, layers build up on the surface, dry out, and the area used again. Care must be taken that the underlying layer is fully dry! I use an old CD, with sections removed to use on the models themselves (it is an excellent material to work with!), and here it shows the more recent colours to be used.
Hopefully, these pictures are not only a record of the tools needed for making this form of Art, but are actually Art themselves. Meta-Art, if you will:

The Art of Making Art.