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randolph224315 May 2022 12:37 p.m. PST

I've recently networked a contact with a crayon maker, who can set me up with quite a few freebies. But what the hell to do with them? Yes, I could make smoke bombs…..but what practical application could a crapload of crayons be used for in tabletop wargaming / terrain?


rotscheck15 May 2022 12:47 p.m. PST

I don't know how viable it would be because I've never tried it, but my first thought was to make alien mushroom trees or something, melt out the bottom to look like fungus or a root structure? Flock the top and/or paint it to match?

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2022 1:22 p.m. PST

Depending on the green, asparagus.

14Bore15 May 2022 1:55 p.m. PST

Melting them, red and yellow for burnt vehicle, smoke markers with brown or colors

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2022 2:08 p.m. PST

Pillars for a small scale temple?

Missiles in a silo?

Stacked logs for a log truck, log carrier railroad car, or lumber camp scenario?

Tree trunks? Maybe stick wire in the tops for branches?

Clip off the top for traffic cones?

Stick in card fins and call ‘em retro spaceships?

Candles in a large scale fantasy temple?

Get some candle molds of various creatures and create large, colorful idols?

Melt them into puddles around the feet and legs of figures and call ‘em Lavamen, or Shapeshifters, or Clayface (Batman foe), or the Wicked Witch of the West post-bucket encounter.

Some humor in the above, but then perhaps some viable options, too.

tigrifsgt15 May 2022 3:05 p.m. PST

If you can't find a use for them, donate them to a local school. Schools are always looking for stuff like that at the beginning of the school year for kids who can't afford all the supplies they need. TIG

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2022 5:00 p.m. PST

I agree with Tigrisgt. Donate them to a school.

randolph224315 May 2022 5:11 p.m. PST

So far, some interesting suggestions, which I appreciate. I'm planning on experimenting with 14Bore's suggestion for burnt/damage markers. If I can melt and blend a few key colors, that might be a possibility. In any event, I'll have a new project to keep me busy for a while.

I was just perplexed, as you can't really paint them, which seems to be their biggest limitation. And even with melting and molding, I'm thinking you would still want to try and paint something (unless you are doing alien / sci-fi stuff). And my other concern was the transfer of grease/wax whenever they come into contact with any other terrain or figure.

As for donating to the schools, I already had that covered, as my mother-in-law is a special ed teacher – so she'll get a few shoeboxes full to hand out.

Cormac Mac Art15 May 2022 7:18 p.m. PST

you can heat a bunch up in an oven so they are soft, and them smush em together to form rock like structures. Coat with PVA glue and then you can paint them. Or if you have clear resin, you can melt droplets into it to make it look like weird floating blobs in a pool on an alien planet. Lava flow down a mountain.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2022 5:15 p.m. PST

Sculpt the miniature from the crayon and then cast metal miniatures from those using the Lost Wax technique.


Zephyr116 May 2022 9:05 p.m. PST

Melt down various colors into strips to make 'toxic' flows or streams for terrain…

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2022 3:46 p.m. PST

One more idea— "Quaker" cannons.

Cke1st17 May 2022 6:33 p.m. PST

Make a stockade fort for a Wild West game.

Melt one color into a vat, puddle, or crater, then swirl in a bit of a contrasting color. Voila! An alien spawning pool, or some toxic-looking scenery for a post-Armageddon landscape.

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