Freecycle – lots of CDs for scenery

As mentioned last week I ran out of the free CDs I use to base lots of scenery on. At the same tile, the builders had left behind a pile lof spare tiles in my garage which I needed to get rid of. Obviously no one is “selling” the free CDs you get on magazine fronts, nor would I be able to make a packet selling a small amount of tiles. The alternative taking them to the tip would be annoying.

So I finally joined up with Freecycle which enables people to freely give away or collect items locally, that have no real economic value, but are nonetheless are still useful and shouldn’t be consigned to land fill.

Today I picked up 16 CDs from Byakhee Rich, which would be used up by the end of this week.

Having advertised on Freecycle, I had an offer of c150 (!) CDs from a village down the road from me (5 minutes drive), so I picked them up – that’ll keep me going for some time. When I got home after this free bonanza, a hair cut and other chores, the postie delivered some more tree stumps from Urban Construct that I’d ordered. In my continuing fit of altruism and self interest I’d order more of them so I can dress 3 tables, and let Byakhee JP have some for his collection.

And the tiles were taken after a single day ! So my garage is almost emptied of left over building materials and I can get back to sorting it out and using it for spraying and painting all those CDs.

I recommend Freecycle for clearing out excess stuff, and getting the stuff you actually want. Plus its environmentally friendly. And it avoids skip diving, which Byakhee Roo practices. 😉

Craters

When I was at Colours I bought some scenery from Urban Construct, who had some nice looking craters but they had bits of Jerry Cans and oil drums and other WW2 onwards stuff modelled on to them.

When doing a mail order from them after the show, I thought I’d ask if they did any craters without such modern debris so as to fit in with BoB and AVBCW

I can do craters without jerry cans, how many do you want?

And so I ordered some small and large craters which they cast up for me:

I had 3 large and six small done, and there is a fair amount of variation in them.

They were delivered Saturday morning. Nicely cast with no flash. I set to work on two immediately: basing them with artists card; followed by black undercoat; my base soil colour; a wash of Devlan Mud; and then some dry brushing; plus stone grey for the rocks; and then some basic soil flock.

(Musketeer BUF militia figure for scale)

Whilst I could spend more time making my own from scratch, I got a really good product from a responsive little enterprise that tailor made what I wanted. So big thumbs up for Urban Construct !

Tree Stumps

Now I’d never thought I’d get excited about tree stumps, but I bought a pack at Colours from Urban Construct. I’ve tried sculpting them before, but it just didn’t work out properly. I wanted some tree stumps to cover parts of the battlefield with to make a change from the full steady state growth woodlands, and plain bushes.

So I bought a pack of 8 stumps for £7, so not breaking the bank:

I decided to make three scenery stands (using 5 of them), on my basic CD bases. I did a blitzkreig of this project to get them done ASAP as there was a dfanger I’d have to host another AVBCW event and needed more scenery. I’d got some large cork chippings from Antenocitis also at Colours so decided now was as good a time as any to add them to my basic soil mix.

I also added leaf litter, and rubberised horse hair bushes to the bases.

I think they came out quite well.

All these bases of scenery will be useful for AVBCW and Warhammer. probably also for BoB/RCW.