Easy Trash Cans Made from Trash

Sometimes I get the strangest looks from people when I see something that is being thrown away and I say “Hold on, can I have that?”  My fellow terrain builders out there know that look very well.  I recently came across a plastic shipping pen holder/packaging piece at my work that was being tossed out and although, at the time I wasn’t sure why I needed it,  I did know that it might come in handy at some point.  Well, it has found a purpose – trash can lids.


I picked up a silicone hex ice-cube tray at a local retail outlet a while back when I was trying to design my hex boards and the combination of the two work perfectly.

I know that Disney trash cans look different and after trying to model some out of square wood trim I decided this method was much easier.  Primed, painted and scribbled with a fine-point sharpie this is the result.


I also found some tan felt that I can use temporarily for my ground surface and it definitely changes the look of Adventureland for the better.


The zombie assembly has begun and the first 30 are ready for paint.  The males have a molded base so I used hot glue to attach them to bamboo skewers.  I mixed up a dip of craft paints and inks to give them a nice thin mottled base coat.  I plan on block painting and using a pecan mini-wax dip to finish them off.



For my bases I found a bag of 240 magnetic bingo chips at my local thrift store for $1.00.  They have a steel ring around them so they aren’t actually magnetic, they’re meant to stick to a magnetic bingo board.  They clock in at exactly 20mm – perfect for close proximity zombie hordes!


I think I’ll break the first half of these into groups of 10 to paint them, stopping to assemble more, and work on a few more terrain elements as painting up 60 zombies is a bit of a daunting prospect.

Thanks for checking it out.

Night Owl



Closer than I thought?

Well, the rain is preventing me from getting anything primed today so I took some stuff out to the garage today to get an idea of what else I needed to finish this project and behold if it didn’t fill up the 4 X 4 table quicker than I thought.



I was sure I’d need a half dozen more buildings and 20 – 30 more trees in order to block line of sight channels and as turns out I may need to expand this to a 6 X 4 table.



Looks like I do need more benches and signs.

And something I can’t quite put my finger on that really screams Disney.  Maybe some popcorn stands or…?  Maybe it’s the lack of people?  Maybe it’s the blacktop that should be more of a red or almond color? Maybe I need 200 strollers?

I’m certainly open to ideas.

Thanks, until next time,

Night Owl




More Zombie Adventureland Terrain

I’m at the point now with this project where all the little things that aren’t really that fun get to happen.  Trees, signs, trees, and signs and then a few more trees!

I did manage to get a few waterfall pieces put together.  I had pics of the build but they have disappeared into oblivion for some reason so I’ll give a text rundown.

I started with some bark pieces from the yard, glued them together in stacks, primed and dry brushed.


Then I attached some clear mono filament fishing line where I wanted the water falls.


I coated and built those up with clear silicone caulk, let that dry , and dry brushed some colors on top.  I finished them off with Woodland Scenics turf and some foliage.


Then I finished by adding a Hirst Arts field stone border.


I also added some signs and gift shop interiors to the existing structures.







I could just go crazy with this kind of stuff but I need to reign myself back in, fill them in with crates and barrels, call it good, and move on.

Trees are an ongoing project.  I added another type of foliage that resembles a magnolia tree.


I probably need at least this many more again to get close to what I need.  They aren’t going to win any awards but it is pretty quick and easy to knock out a dozen or so at a time while waiting for other projects to dry.

I think it’s time we broke out and started on some zombies for this project – I know what I’m doing this week!

Until next time thanks for looking,

Night Owl

More Zombie Adventureland Projects

This week has brought flash floods, a root canal and birthday parties.  It also brings an update for a few WIP’s that I’m working on for the Zombie Adventureland project.  I didn’t realize when I started that this was actually 3 smaller projects wrapped into one.  When you first enter Adventureland from the central castle area you pass through the Persian area which then turns into “Tiki-land” and is capped off by the pirate plaza area.  So I’m working on all of them simultaneously to get started.  This is a map that you can get at the park to play the Sorcerers of Magic Kingdom collectable card game.


First off we have a foamboard building for the Aladdin area.   I hope to do three or four more styles at least.



Next is a tiki hut and some tiki umbrellas made from the Hirst Art conical roof mold #86.



Moving along the path we have the workings of the entrance to the Jungle Cruise attraction:



Also, in progress, is a gift shop complex that acts as a transitional terrain piece to tie them all together.  This isn’t based on anything in particular but it will be one of the several locations that zombies will spawn from during the game.



And finally some more flowerbeds backed by some plastic landscaping edging. I found a crate of this stuff at my local Habitat for Humanity store for a few bucks and always thought someday I’ll use this for something.  Well now I know what to do with it!


Everything still needs signage and details so this is far from over.  Several more structures for each area and a lot more landscaping!

Thanks for dropping by,

Night Owl