Big box of Bits.

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Big box of Bits.

Postby Dibbler » 09 Sep 2014, 02:28

A box of bits for basing and terrain. Stuff that can be glued down on hills and walls. I'd rather have a wide selection than duplicates, one can always buy another box. Perhaps a mix of eras?

Ideas for the sprue:

Barrel and Crate (half on sprue, combine two sprues).
Weird bones (dog, cow, other animals, mythological creatures, unidentifiable).
Human bones (altough the skeleton warrior set does nicely, really).
Litter (broken bottle, cloth, broken backpack, overturned mug, splintered wood).
Bottles (beer, wine, jug, a glass or two. People like alcohol ;) )
Machinery (some cogs and gears, detailed machine parts).
Strips of riveted plate (a couple of different widths).
Squares of metal plate (cross-hatched-pattern, with studs, with holes).
Backpack (perhaps a sack or puch as well).
Details for piping (end pieces, valves. Glue to straws or plastic tubes).
Trumpet.
Fallen banner.

I'm sure there are other good ideas out there :) I left out weapons on purpose, as the other kits should come with plenty of extras.. An axe + hobby knife = broken axe ;)

I can get some of these with Hirst Arts, but I don't own the molds, shipping the stuff is expensive, and a WGF box is way neater on the shelf :)
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Re: Big box of Bits.

Postby Lord_Bryon » 09 Sep 2014, 07:42

I would buy a box of bits. Of the things listed above, I'd only add wagon/chariot wheels.
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Re: Big box of Bits.

Postby Dibbler » 09 Sep 2014, 12:54

Wheels are a good idea! :D

By valve I mean this kind of thing, the red wheel thingy:

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Perhaps a piece of rock(s) and slate as well? Nice rock texture, that actuall can be pinned, as opposed to a rock..
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Re: Big box of Bits.

Postby Lord_Bryon » 09 Sep 2014, 15:59

I figured thats what you meant for valves.

Just an FYI. a cheap solution for valves similar to what you've posted, or I should say the valve wheel part. They make little plastic button snaps (wish I knew their exact name, but if you google that you'll see what I mean) for sewing snap buttons onto garmets and such that are servicable as valves. They are pretty small (actually pretty good for scale at 28mm) and you can get them at wal-mart or any sewing store for pennies. I think you can get 20-50 for a $1. I have some somewhere but never opened the little plastic sleve.
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Re: Big box of Bits.

Postby bvandewalker » 09 Sep 2014, 16:08

What about trees, I think a box of trees would sell pretty well.
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Re: Big box of Bits.

Postby Dibbler » 10 Sep 2014, 00:46

Thanks for the tip Byron.

Oooh, trees would be brilliant! :D Hmm, perhaps even include a couple of twigs in the bits box..
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Re: Big box of Bits.

Postby Dibbler » 10 Sep 2014, 05:02

Rats - perhaps two different ones?
Empty Shells - one big and a pile of small ones.
A clip and a magazine.
Tools - wrench and hammer? Shovel for the trenches?
Tree stump - preferably with a root or two. Can be used as is as a dead tree, or pinned/magnetized to a tree armature..
Barbed wire - something perhaps best made yourself or bought. A small bit of it, perhaps sticking out of the bombed mud, may be good detailing for a base or terrain piece :)

Thinking more about the trees. Do you intend to have them ready to paint, or as armatures for flocking? Woodland scenics make some pretty sturdy and cheap armatures..
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Re: Big box of Bits.

Postby bvandewalker » 10 Sep 2014, 16:14

Dibbler wrote:
Thinking more about the trees. Do you intend to have them ready to paint, or as armatures for flocking? Woodland scenics make some pretty sturdy and cheap armatures..


I was thinking ready to prime and paint since it takes less time, but armatures would be okay. Currently the best thing to do for trees (without breaking the bank) is to take nails, washers, green stuff, and wires to make individual trees.
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Re: Big box of Bits.

Postby Dibbler » 20 Sep 2014, 11:36

Ready to paint trees would be nice - but I don't know if they could be made sturdy enough. I don't tihnk armatures would be that great - as the glue and flock would cover al the nicely painted detail..

As for more bits-ideas: manhole covers and sewer grates.
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Re: Big box of Bits.

Postby Saul_Dagenham » 26 Sep 2014, 08:28

Wooden planks, various lenghts (yeah, I know of balsa strips, but plastic elemnts have their own uses).
Rubber tires, maybe with damage or just worn out.
Canvas/tents/netting bundles.
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