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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian07 Apr 2016 9:46 p.m. PST

I've salvaged the 'feet' from a broken massager similar to this one:


to make 'futuristic' buildings on a jungle world in 6mm scale. grin

Yellow Admiral07 Apr 2016 11:54 p.m. PST

I'm looking forward to this thread. I'm not creative enough to create anything noteworthy myself, but I am mightily inspired by other people's oddball conversions. One of my favorite blogs is that of Colonel O'Truth because of his mastery of scratch-building and conversions.

- Ix

IanKHemm08 Apr 2016 1:42 a.m. PST

The inside tube of toilet rolls combined with coconut fiber to make a jungle canopy.

Chalfant08 Apr 2016 3:37 a.m. PST

Small super balls like you get out of the 25 cent vending machines….. colorful ones flocked and base for "alien" vegetation.


John Treadaway08 Apr 2016 3:49 a.m. PST

The rear light lens from my old Honda Goldwing

John T

alex75708 Apr 2016 4:07 a.m. PST

A whole bunch of old VCR machines to make a spaceship interior.

I was explaining to a spectator how I made it, and his son asked "Dad, what's a VCR?"…

Martin Rapier08 Apr 2016 4:25 a.m. PST

I made the plastic tube ends from roller-blind tubes into pillboxes.

Cold Steel08 Apr 2016 4:41 a.m. PST

I used a clay pigeon to make a pillbox.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2016 5:31 a.m. PST

Tooth paste box for a 15mm row house.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Apr 2016 5:40 a.m. PST

A cast of half of my mouth from my dentist used to build a cap. After the cap was delivered, I asked the dentist for the cast (8 upper and 8 lower from my left side in the gums. I glued it to a baseboard and built a hill up around it with the teeth prominently visible and partly open, creating a rift in the hill (wide enough to get a 1" based figure inside.

Haven't we done this before? I vaguely recall people being revolted at my posting this…

Chalfant08 Apr 2016 5:41 a.m. PST

OH, different department, but, I had an old Grenadier Minotaur that the axe head fell off, sooooooo…. we had a puppy at the time losing its teeth, I took one of those puppy teeth and glued it onto the Minotaurs' axe haft, looking like an unusual single spiked club. That is kind of odd. I think I might still have that around somewhere….


Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2016 5:50 a.m. PST

Dead fly for my Warhammer fantasy nurgle banner

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2016 6:47 a.m. PST

Sweet gum balls used to make alien pods. link


Darkest Star Games Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Apr 2016 8:05 a.m. PST

Used a cleaned and sealed molt shell from a very small horeshoe crab from my aquarium as part of an alien creature. You can't scratch build detail like that!

Also once used a pair of defective artificial sphincter valves (the sort used in the human body as replacements) in a terrain build. A gent liked it so much he bought it from me one Millennium Con!

boy wundyr x08 Apr 2016 8:08 a.m. PST

Damn, I'm not first or even second with a dental conversion – I had a crown blow up and saved some of the chunks, which are now rubble in one of my 6mm ruined buildings.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2016 8:15 a.m. PST

An old science fair project mushroom cloud made of plaster of paris became a giant brain stem. Sponges and plastic baggies turned into a big heart and lungs. All for a Tyranid hive ship interior.

A coyote (?) skeleton a friend found in the woods formed the basis of a giant skull entrance to a foam core pyramid.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2016 8:16 a.m. PST

Oh yeah, articulated dental molds were the entry way to the Tyranid ship.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Apr 2016 8:46 a.m. PST

A coyote (?) skeleton a friend found in the woods

Damn! I have to buy stuff like that from the pet store terrarium/aquarium shelves.

Chris Palmer08 Apr 2016 9:15 a.m. PST

I used an old spirometer that I was sent home wth from the hospital with, to make a sci-fi pumping/fueling station

It looked similar to this:


And this was the result:


The other is not scenery, but I used a couple of my dad's discarded Spiriva inhalers to make turrets for a pair of sci-fi tank:


Timbo W08 Apr 2016 10:15 a.m. PST

Easy one is green pan scrubbers cut up into lengths and flocked for garden hedges. I still have rubberised horsehair somewhere to make trees with. Random clear plastic tubs upside down become Martian colony Habs, while tubs with flock inside become the algae production hab.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2016 10:47 a.m. PST

I cut the tops off soft drink bottles and put card roofs on to make these:


Garand08 Apr 2016 10:48 a.m. PST

I used the protective caps for the needles that go with insulin pens as gribblies for some sort of Sci Fi atmosphere processing unit…


phssthpok08 Apr 2016 12:01 p.m. PST

Shaved my beard and used it as tuffs of grass on some Zulu bases. Otherwise my sister was always getting junk from her lab that make spaceship parts.

Mako1108 Apr 2016 4:41 p.m. PST

Done the hedge thing with the scrubbers. They work great.

Haven't finished them yet, but have collected several Hostess Cupcake, twin-pack, plastic containers which, when inverted look to be excellent for some sort of futuristic powerplant, for either a starship, or a factory.

Wasn't my idea, but saw someone else's photos where they'd used those, so plan to follow suit.

Greylegion08 Apr 2016 8:01 p.m. PST

Found an armadillo carcas by a riverbed. I made a mold of a large section and used it for dragon scale roof tiles.

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2016 8:09 p.m. PST

Used a hedgehog skeleton I found on a country walk, cleaned, matt varnished and embedded it into a foam base, surrounded by flocking and trees for a fantasy campaign.

"Go half a mile south down the forest road, turn left at the dead Fell Beast and a it's a mile to Granny's house"

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2016 9:46 p.m. PST

I've always wanted to use a crab or lobster shell for something, but am too lazy to clean it out properly.

Mike Target09 Apr 2016 2:51 a.m. PST

Made a scifi research station out of a hamsterball and a soup carton.


capncarp09 Apr 2016 8:34 a.m. PST

Lads, ye bring tears o' pride to me eyes. <sniffs>

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2016 2:56 p.m. PST

Lots of good research in that hamster station, Mike – that's cool!

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2016 3:00 p.m. PST

In the realm of "one second thought, maybe not so good an idea", the last time I played 40k in a store with random people (c.1993?), the kid opposite me fielded an Ork army with something like 10 Pulsa Rokkits (?). Scratch built ones, since they were expensive. Or rather, works in progress, since they weren't completed or primed. I looked closely at them….

They were made from tampon applicator tubes.

capncarp09 Apr 2016 4:25 p.m. PST

Hmmmm…better not make that reply to darthfozzywig's last post.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Apr 2016 4:59 p.m. PST

… and darthfozzywig has just demonstrated why you never touch someone else's minis.

capncarp18 Apr 2016 2:23 p.m. PST

Someone else's what? oh, _minis_….

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