For those of you who don't know it, painting miniatures is an expensive hobby. And it's not just the miniatures and the paints you have to buy. It's scenery as well and the price tag on that is mindblowing. I just can't afford it yet I can't live without it. So really the only option for me is to build my own.
This is the first time I've tried anything like this and I did it very quickly and it's not completely finished so there are a lot of mistakes and room for improvement. The figure that I have on here is the second miniature I ever painted, so when I look at this bit of scenery and see mistakes, I know I will get better at it and won't give up until I do.
The most important thing I learned with this little project is that it can be done. And if I keep at it, one day I may be able to build the things that I imagine in my mind.
As a beginner I feel it's a bit presumptous to go through a tutorial on how I put this together, but that is the convention and another part of things I must learn to do.
I used cheap paper plates to make the bases.
I purchased enough 3mm styrofoam from a hobby store to build 2 large buildings for only $3.99 and I only used a fraction of that here.
I got the technique for making the walls from a tutorial at Paul's Bods on building a medieval castle. I used a biro to outline the bricks and the blunt end of a pencil to push in the spaces to give it a 3D effect.
I bought the paint for .69 cents each and it was on sale for another 50% off. At that price I picked up a bag-full to use just for painting scenery.
I cut off a piece from the brown plastic floral accessory and glued it onto the base to make the tree.
I purchased small mosaic tiles and some glass beads for about $3.00 each and used a small amount of those to make the flooring. The bird seed and the spices were items I already had on hand and those were used to create the ground.
The little mirror that is hanging on the wall is a bit that fell off of an old charm bracelet. I ended up going through my drawers of old costume jewlery and found quite a lage number of things that can be incorporated into scenery. And that's free so it won't piss the Hubby off!!
I did something horrible just a few minutes ago, but I'm going to confess it so it will be okay. I just scored a box set of 7 dwarves in 28mm scale to be cast in pewter for only $25.00. I found this deal over at the Ferret's place. It's a kickstarter being done by Stonehaven Miniatures and you have to see this to believe it. And why is this a horrible thing you might ask. If you want to know the answer to that you'll have to read the comment I left the Ferret!
Tomorrow I'll be doing a guest post over at Melanie's place No, Really You Can Eat It. And when the piece goes up, I'll post a notice here so you can follow the link over. Some of you saw the title to this pop up last week when I was working on it in draft form so tomorrow you can find out what that post really is.