Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 26 – Bushes

This Part 26 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun. Today we are making some bushes, not the linear terrain kind of bushes but some bog standard ones to clutter your battle field and making it look at little less flat and interesting.

Ok here we go.

You can use many different material to build up the structure of your bush, I will be using three of the many ones you could use – (i) Coconut Fibre, (ii) Cut to small pieces foam and (iii) steel wool. I also made a few bases,
First we put some sand on the bases
Glue down the materials (I used superglue, note the foam is now brown (I mixed it with PVA and Brown paint)
Let dry then spray paint brown (the coconut probably needs a little trim with some scissors at this stage)
First thing is to drybrush the edges in some browns and perhaps yellows (I use light brown, pale terracota and wheat yellow). After this apply pva glue all over the structures and dip in some flock, mine is a mix of turf scatter and some small foam particles. Finally shake off and then put some pva and add grass to the edges. Finalise when dry by applying diluted PVA on top, hairspray or a spray adhesive (this will create layer on top making the terrain stronger).
Point here was that you can use a lot of different base mater

Spend is still £24.42 in total.

Tomorrow, we will do something else…

/ Hope that was of some interest

Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 25 – May Pole

This Part 25 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun. Today we are talking May Poles, or Midsummer Poles, as we call them in Sweden. The video below shows how they were installed.

Sorry for anyone who got an early version of Part 25 yesterday, a new version will be out on Friday (I finished a few items this weekend and this week is busy so most of it is already scheduled for issue, but I messed up Part 29, instead of scheduling I published – just life!).

Anyway some good memories of going to the local celebrations at Midsummer.

Some soldiers putting up a pole during the WW2 era.

Lets make one (this one being a large one in 15mm and a small one on 28mm, sizes of poles just like in real life varies)

Take a kebab stick and cut out a little part and install a crossbeam (I made mine from a coffee stirrer cut lengthwise in half).
Then I needed something for the rings, the solution was derived from an old note book.
Cut out and ready to install
I attached them with some Green Stuff (alternatively you could tie them with string and glue it and cut way any excess string)
I added green stuff all around the pole (again you could use string).
I then based the pole and then soaked the pole with superglue and applied Oregano (yes the spice) and the pole is done.
|Add some decorations (I used painted rice paper – the paint being 50/50 paint and pva), then shape it to give it some movement from the wind.
Nice height in this one
Ok very specific for Sweden but an example of taking something from your theatre and giving it that unique look.

Spend is still £24.42 in total.

Tomorrow, we will do something else…

/ Hope that was of some interest

Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 24 – Mile stone

This Part 24 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun.

MIlestones have been used throughout history and initially, at least in Sweden for the 17th century, were used to enable the administration to pay its staff for various cost relating to travel. Many materials were used including wood, stone and from the 19th century in iron. The milestones were phased out in the 1890ies but remain in many places today.

So possibly the easiest piece so far, I just took a piece of blue foam, cut a shape and glued it (do not use superglue) on a small base and there you go,

Spend is still £24.42 in total.

Tomorrow, we will do something else…

/ Hope that was of some interest

Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 23 – Chicken Coop

This Part 23 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun.

Today I have been running around like a headless, chicken so let us get straight into it, you will mainly need coffee stirrers cut lengthwise separating each in three lengths.

Create three walls and roof I make mine about 15mm high and 30mm wide.
Attached some neeting with superglue, but what is it (see below)
The material is referred to as Tulle Fabric (I had some at home)
Glue the pieces and add some detail (supporting beams, you can glue these carefully to create strength), also some detail for a door. Now put it on the side.
Cut out some pieces of nylon tiling like this, about 30 by 30 mm, with walls being about 15mm tall or something like that,
Glue them together to form this shape
Clad the whole piece with the coffee stirrers and put it on some short stilts (some planks to stop exit/entry) and a ladder
I added a few pieces to symbolise where the eggs would be collected.
Detailing on the front and roof (nylon tiles) and some chickens from the lead mountain (not required(
Detailing on the back (also I add some fine sand on top of the roof to create a roof felt structure.
I painted all before I glued on the cage. Alternatively if you do not have the fabric to make the cage, you can make yours like this.
Really cool seeing the Hens in there.
Have to say that this one and one in Part 21 (Charcoal Burner) are my favourites.

Spend is still £24.42 in total as we just used coffee stirrers. Ok, the chicken and the fabric would have cost some cash if I did not have it at home so it is debatable and in that case the budget is blown, however I am leeting myself off the hook this this time.

Tomorrow, we will do something else…

/ Hope that was of some interest

Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 22 – Bee Hives

This Part 22 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun.

This is a quick one, so lets get on with it.

Cut coffestirrers lenghtwise in three pieces, then cut small pieces as shown glue them on top of a coffeestirer

Like that
Cut off in small lengths, trim and put on top of some spagetthi/plastic rod/toothpics as shown.
Ass some pieces of cardboard on top and add some fine sand (or make a tiled or plank roof)
Add a small piece on front to the the part where the bees flies in and out
Paint them up, not 100% happy with these but the show must go on. I will probably make some new ones, but you get the idea.

If you these yourself, measure and be neater than I have been. This was very rushed. Spend is still £24.42 in total as we just used coffee stirrers.

Tomorrow, we will do something else…

/ Hope that was of some interest

Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 21 – Charcoal Burner

This Part 21 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun.

Today my favourite so far the Charcoal Burner, a very common feature up to the second part of the 20th century, it is used to produce charcoal. In Sweden as in many countries charcoal was important during the war years due to fuel rationing and the of coal to produce wood gas to use for vehicle fuel.

See the source image

A Charcoal burner is basically a packed pile of wood covered and being burnt to produce charcoal, here is a video (in Swedish, showing an overview, if you are interested).

Anyway this is how I made one (note my support arrangements have been simplifed)

I found this in the rubbish probably with some sauce or something from a takeaway
And a measuring cup for medicine
I cut a hole in the big piece and cut away a part of the small mug
Glue it down
Cover with filler, acryulic adhesive, no more nails or something like that
I then started building up the supports (thinly cut coffee stirrers) and then added some glue and sand
I used some clay to do the little exhaust, added some wood for some door, a straw for the extraction pipe and then also to add some shape to the top.
Keep an hole on the top before you add glue and sand to it all.

Then I added a ladder (and also a platform as seen later).
Sprayed it brown before painting (the I washed it with black ink to get that forestry dark earth colour like seen in the video)

Really happy with that, I will do a Charcoal Burners hut later as part of this project and some more piles of earth to put around the burner. Spend is still £24.42 in total as we just used coffee stirrers and some junk.

Tomorrow, we will do something else…

/ Hope that was of some interest

Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 20 – Scarecrow

This Part 20 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun.

Today we are making a really simple piece of clutter, a scare crow that you can place on or next to one of your fields.

Use some coffee stirrers lengthwise and do the following structure and add some clay, bluetac or green stuff on the top.
I added a hat from a 15mm miniature, then made toga from rice paper (or just normal printing paper) soaked it in glue and then put some strings around the arms, make it look like there is some wind

Spend is still £24.42 in total as we just used coffee stirrers .

Tomorrow, we will do something else…

/ Hope that was of some interest

Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 19 – A few items for Play

This Part 19 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun.

Today we are making some more clutter, a see-saw and a play house.

A simple playhouse
First cut out the walls you need (I used some of the adhesive floor tiles, I bought for the project, you could use thick card)
These where the measurments I used (remember it is a playhouse
Cut coffee stirrers lengthwise (I did a mixture of halves and thirds) and then clan the walls, I did two windows and of course a door, just an outline doorframe really, Glue it onto the vinyl tiles.
Cut an angle on the backing so it is easier to fit
Put them on a base and glue them together (fill the gaps if there are any with a thin piece of coffeestirrer)
I then added some thick card as roof (note the fixing of the gap)
Glue on some detailing
For the See-saw, you again need some thin coffeestirrers
Cobble something together like that
Paint it up (note I addes some fine sand on top of the roof to give a faux roof felt feel)

Spend is still £24.42 in total as we just used coffee stirrers and some of vinyl tiles for the project.

Tomorrow, we will do something else…

/ Hope that was of some interest

Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 18 – Haywagon

This Part 18 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun.

Today we are doing some lazy clutter to represent the fact that sometimes you can just take whatever and glue it on a base and use it as a clutter, in this case a hay wagon doing nothing special on my lead mountain.

This is a hay wagon

A deserted Wagon
Again perfect in a rural enviroment, providing that nice break in your line of site and some immersion too.

And that budget, well the hay wagon is currenty priced at £4.50, giving us £24.42 in total. A painful hit on the budget and giving us a mere £5.58 left to go.

Tomorrow, I am not sure what we will do.

/ Hope that was of some interest

Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 17 – Swedish Hayrack (hässja)

This Part 17 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun.

Today we are doing a Swedish Hayrack (hässja), the key here isn’t the type of hayrack but the material we use which works perfect for the 15mm scale.

Anyway here is a nice slow video now how they are made for real.

We will try to do something representing this on the table.

Mark up some bases (I used 80mm bases, working at a 15mm scale here)
I drilled some holes
Then I added some 30mm long cocktail sticks (I cut off the tops a little bit)
Glue
Secure
Then use some cocktail sticks (mine fitted perfectly, but you could cut them if they do not fit, most of it will be covered anyway)
Glue on three
I bought some steel wool from Amazon
Cut out some thin slices (about 1 cm)
Paint up the base with the sticks
The add the pieces in layers, I put superglue on the stick structure
I added three strips on each side, then a small layer on top. But did not take a picture, when dry I used PVA glue and a brush to shape the structure make sure the PVA totally soaks the material, down strokes is the key movement here.
Then paint it – however, you need to wait until the PVA is fully dry as steel wool rust within minutes with any exposure to humidity. You might have to repaint a few times as paint might provoke some further rust, but the PVA should create a little bit of a protection.

SO PATIENCE IS THE KEY HERE.

It kind of works, might try to use some spray matt varnish next time perhaps.

And that budget, well had to buy that steel wool so we are now at £20.92 in total.

Tomorrow we are doing a really lazy project.

/ Hope that was of some interest