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.