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Thank you very much, Fox, you are too kind. The rabbits do look realistic, but they cannot compete in cuteness with your bunny in a cup, which inspired them. Just to clarify, I haven't used the moss mat yet -- what you see in the photo is Ready Grass, which is intended for tinier landscape models -- the texture is far too short to be accurate for sixth scale. But it can do in a pinch if one doesn't look too closely.


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Stryker2011 wrote:That is an excellent haul. ReverendSpooky has me all fired up to try my hand at a post-apocalyptic figure, and I really dig the gas pumps, but I’d hate to copy his stuff outright. He’s too good, and mine would just look like a sh$&y imitation.

Come and play, come and play!! Plenty of room in the wastelands for all! Post-apocalyptic is such a huge genre, and I am far from ground zero. Hell, I think my stuff is heavily influenced by all the stuff that's come before, although I do try to throw my own spin on it. And it's such a fun genre to play in. Personally, I'd love to see your 1/6 take on the the world after it all starts crumbling down.

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And GubernatorFan, that's an excellent craft store haul! Loving all the rabbits. That last scene has me wishing I was outside with a beer right now, now that we're finally seeing some decent weather.

And Shazzdan, I keep considering that extending spyglass as well. I feel like I've seen in craft stores, but keep thinking they look big. May just bite the bullet and grab one next time to see.


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ReverendSpooky wrote:And GubernatorFan, that's an excellent craft store haul!  Loving all the rabbits.  That last scene has me wishing I was outside with a beer right now, now that we're finally seeing some decent weather.

Thank you ReverendSooky. I didn't mean to get so many rabbits but... well, they're rabbits. Wink And maybe subconsciously I have been inspired by the most kickass "rabbit" of all (you know what I mean, if you've seen Infinity War). The good weather has been the inspiration for my increased store visits and picking up more and more of these items that can be used for sixth-scale scenes.


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ReverendSpooky wrote:And GubernatorFan, that's an excellent craft store haul!  Loving all the rabbits.  That last scene has me wishing I was outside with a beer right now, now that we're finally seeing some decent weather.

Thank you ReverendSooky. I didn't mean to get so many rabbits but... well, they're rabbits. Wink And maybe subconsciously I have been inspired by the most kickass "rabbit" of all (you know what I mean, if you've seen Infinity War). The good weather has been the inspiration for my increased store visits and picking up more and more of these items that can be used for sixth-scale scenes.

I still haven't! Waited too long to get tickets for opening weekend, and theaters are still pretty full whenever there's a showing that work with my schedule. Seriously, the anticipation's making me a little crazy. Hoping to make it happen early next week.

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ReverendSpooky wrote:I still haven't! Waited too long to get tickets for opening weekend, and theaters are still pretty full whenever there's a showing that work with my schedule.  Seriously, the anticipation's making me a little crazy.  Hoping to make it happen early next week.

Then I'm happy I didn't make a real spoiler. Try to avoid these and see the movie as soon as you can.


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GubernatorFan wrote:
ReverendSpooky wrote:I still haven't! Waited too long to get tickets for opening weekend, and theaters are still pretty full whenever there's a showing that work with my schedule.  Seriously, the anticipation's making me a little crazy.  Hoping to make it happen early next week.

Then I'm happy I didn't make a real spoiler. Try to avoid these and see the movie as soon as you can.

Yeah, kinda keeping my head in the ground until I can make it happen. I was considering trying to see it Sunday, but also just want to stay in and work on 1/6 projects all day!

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I too bought some bits and bobs from Tiger recently - they don't always have them in stock as they're more of a seasonal item, but they sell these great metal chairs for about £3 each. The original one I bought from there a few years ago was matte black, but the more recent ones were painted in various pastel shades, but they painted up nicely after some primer.

Deja Brew WIP by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

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I can't remember the branding of this, but I found it on holiday last year in one of those 'not-quite-a-£1-shop-but-close-enough' kind of shops. It's a novelty condiment/cutlery holder and cost me about £7 if I remember correctly. I really bought it for the umbrella as it actually works, but the chairs are actually a pretty good size for my dolls, though it'd be a little more of a squeeze for larger 1/6th figures. I added a fake mosaic on the tabletop to disguise the hole for the parasol, and I'd really like to get rid of the wooden boxes under the chairs which held the cutlery, but they're glued on there pretty solidly unfortunately.

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Enjoying the sunshine by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

Enjoying the sunshine by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

On that same holiday I found this scaffy old tealight holder in a charity shop and thought it had potential. I stripped off the painted leather sides and stuck on some wooden shelves instead and boom! Industrial side table!

image by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

image by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

Also on the industrial theme, you can get sets of novelty 'pipe' straws from £1 shops, and when combined with balsa wood, textured wallpaper and lots of weathering, you get a rather snazzy 'reclaimed' desk!

Industrial Desk WIP by Christine Sutcliffe, on Flickr

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This next one's a little hit or miss as its really too chunky for true 1/6 but I think you can get away with it. I've seen these miniature easels at £1 shops and The Works here in the UK but I'm sure they're fairly easy to get hold of elsewhere too. They usually come with a mini canvas, which is really too thick for our purposes, but could be used as one of those big printed canvas artworks you can get. I made my own of course, and I think it works fairly well as a desk-mounted easel.



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These are some great items, Lynkhart, thank you for sharing them with us. It confirms my suspicions that Her Majesty's subjects get better opportunities to find items suitable for sixth-scale scenes than us in the USA. We do have the little easels and the little overly-thick canvas, though I've only seen them sold separately.


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Some great stuff, Christine. Love that reclaimed desk with the "industrial" pipes for legs. Very cool.


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I was in Michael's and Hobby Lobby again today, and picked up a few more items, including the following.

Michael's -- a soft shark and hard tortoise, and a bunch of Miniature items (Shiraz wine bottles, beer glasses with cotton "head", pitchers, glasses, etc). The Miniature items are a little small to be truly sixth-scale, but some are passable. Unfortunately, I was unable to find the Michael's telescope.



Hobby Lobby -- more passports and a telescope from Explorer, some large conical beads from Metal Gallery that I plan on using as metal cups, and a couple of the lawn/beach chairs by Spring Shop. And plenty more fake plants (some of them too late for a recent photoshoot).



And here Chris and Michelle are putting some of the items to good (or silly) use for scale.



So, good haul?


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The beach chairs look really good and I got a hoot out of Cap sitting on the turtle. Props.

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That’s some good finds. Like the beach chairs and all the little bottles.


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Thank you, dadrab and Stryker.

dadrab -- if you liked Cap on the tortoise, you might like this (from an earlier haul) :
http://onesixthfigures.forumotion.com/t3p50-useful-items-for-sixth-scale-environments-continuously-updated#2176

and its modification for the funnies:
http://onesixthfigures.forumotion.com/t47-osf-funnies-continuously-updated#2178



Stryker -- the little bottles are pretty good, but closer to what would be a beer bottle size in sixth scale than a proper wine bottle.


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Lynkhart! Some great finds. That umbrella set is fantastic, and those candle holders really do make a perfect table. I actually picked up a bunch of those straws immediately after you had posted about them on OSW, although I still haven't gotten around to using them. And i still can't believe how good your props look with printed paper. I'd never guess that table wasn't real wood, and all your walls and flooring look like the real deal. I'm a sucker for carving all those damn bricks on my loft.

GubernatorFan, I'm fairly sure Darwin did exactly what Chris is doing when he 1st got to the Galapagos Islands. And the wood chairs are great. I got a similar set at Micheals, but they're much bigger. Sometimes you see those beach chairs kinda oversized, so it may still work, but the ones you got look much more spot on. Too bad some of the rest is undersized. Although, a little wood and a few more of those beers, and you could make it look like a beer tasting flight.


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Reverend Spooky -- thanks for the laugh. I shall now think of Chris as Charles Darwin forever... never met a giant turtle/tortoise he did not attempt to ride. Wink  The Spring Shop chairs from Hobby Lobby (this kind, not the "rustic" ones that match the lifeguard chair -- both of which were shown and discussed in earlier posts within this thread -- not sure who made them) are already slightly oversized, but seem to work ok. Thanks for the warning about the Michaels' chairs. Where did you pick up those straws from Lynkhart's post in the states?


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GubernatorFan wrote:Reverend Spooky -- thanks for the laugh. I shall now think of Chris as Charles Darwin forever... never met a giant turtle/tortoise he did not attempt to ride. Wink  The Spring Shop chairs from Hobby Lobby (this kind, not the "rustic" ones that match the lifeguard chair -- both of which were shown and discussed in earlier posts within this thread -- not sure who made them) are already slightly oversized, but seem to work ok. Thanks for the warning about the Michaels' chairs. Where did you pick up those straws from Lynkhart's post in the states?

True story too! Darwin claimed they were incredibly hard to keep his balance on. And who says science isn't fun!?

And I swear, I think the real chairs have that oversized look. Looking at your pics again, they look dead on to me.

I found the straws on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003FO8XN4/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Might be a bit more than the steal Lynkhart got them for, but still not too bad.

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ReverendSpooky wrote:True story too! Darwin claimed they were incredibly hard to keep his balance on.  And who says science isn't fun!?  

And I swear, I think the real chairs have that oversized look.  Looking at your pics again, they look dead on to me.

I found the straws on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003FO8XN4/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Oh science can be fun! Nice true story then...

Maybe it is that the "rustic" chairs are a bit undersized (though perfectly usable), and so the contrast made me think these are a bit on the large side. Also, Spring Shop has another type of chair (metal, this time), which are definitely too big -- and I didn't buy -- so maybe that contributed to my impression. But you may very well be right.

Thank you for the amazon link.


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BAD WOLF-787 wrote:I stopped by our local Hobby Lobby just a few hours ago but unfortunately I couldn't find the mini passports or the coins I'm not sure if our
 store does not carry them or they were just sold out although I find the mini backpack a few weeks ago.

@ Gubernator Fan: That sixth-scale looking motorcycle from Hobby Lobby that you talking about did it look like a custom chopper with red
 paint?

Hi BAD WOLF. No, the motorcycles I saw (some of them about sixth scale, some smaller ones too) were a copperish/bronzish color and had no actual headlight (other than the cup for one). More like the one in the first two photos of the OSW thread. I think this is the online listing:

https://www.hobbylobby.com/Home-Decor-Frames/Decor-Pillows/Accent-Pieces/Black-Motorcycle-Metal-Decor/p/38680


The passports and coins are from the Explorer line of jewelry in the beads and jewelry section. If you can't find them in your store, here are the online listings:

https://www.hobbylobby.com/Beads-Jewelry/Mixed-Media-Jewelry/Embellishments/Mini-Coin-Bezel-Fillers/p/80870696

https://www.hobbylobby.com/Beads-Jewelry/Charms-Pendants/Charms/Blue-Gold-Passport-Charms/p/80654178

Hope this helps!

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I finally found them today at Hobby Lobby (miniature passports and coins) and thanks for the heads up on them, I think the passports will work nicely in Ada's office when I get back to working on it.

@ GubernatorFan: thanks for the heads up on the little wine bottles.


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Yet another great haul Gubernator. Really love that tortoise, the details on the shell and the skin textures look amazing. He seems very well in-scale too, I thought.

That last pic where Chris is sitting on the tortoise and Michelle taking a picture of him is just splendid, love the playfulness.

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Bad Wolf -- welcome.

Fox -- thank you very much. Yes, the tortoise is very nice, worth getting and a plausible scale if you wanted to pick it up. I've done Chris riding both the tortoise and the sea turtle, but if I recall, I was inspired by the movie Fierce Creatures where a character mockingly tries to ride a tortoise. So now I got a bit closer to my inspiration.


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ReverendSpooky wrote:True story too! Darwin claimed they were incredibly hard to keep his balance on.  And who says science isn't fun!?

Hmmmm...

When I was a kid (long ago in the dim ages), my folks and family would travel to Florida from time to time to visit an uncle. In those days, there were a couple of touristy places that featured colonies of Galapagos turtles. Of course, all the kids wanted to ride and they'd let you. (Don't even try that today, as the PETA crowd will hunt you down.)

The turtle didn't appear to give a damn one way or another. Truthfully, I didn't either, but my folks thought it'd be cute. So, I perched myself atop the turtle and he walked around some. Terribly boring as one goes nowhere...slowly.

So, I must conclude that, while having an undeniably brilliant mind, Darwin was somewhat of a klutz.

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So, good haul?

Cool haul but it looks like the things on that coffee table are smaller than 1:6. They look closer to 1:12.


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dadrab -- thanks for sharing your real-life memories of such a ride! Perhaps it makes a better story and image than an experience, but at least it wasn't a bad one. And judging by Chris in my photos, yes, Charles Darwin would have been a kid at heart too.

shazzdan -- that's quite correct and I admitted to it. I am not 100% certain the pieces in this line are made to a consistent scale, and most are a bit too small to be sixth scale, but some are passable (I certainly don't pick up everything they've made). The pitchers and to some extent the glasses, for example. The wine bottles, as noted above, are closer to beer-bottle size for sixth scale. I have proper sixth-scale beer mugs, but they always looked oversized to me (the ones with the actual liquid and styrofoam? foam trapped inside); these look undersized.


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I'd been waiting to post until I had time to get a good outdoor photo, but I picked this up at Hobby Lobby recently.  I thought it worked great as a kinda rural outdoor covered bin.  



Was really happy with the shot too.  Hope no one minds me double posting in the outdoor photo thread.

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Very nice, ReverendSpooky. I've been looking at these and wondering if I could put them to good use. And now you demonstrate it is possible. I guess I know what I'll be checking out next time I'm there -- maybe, not sure I have much to pair it with in my collection just yet. But it's nice to see how it works (and that it works). Have you considered looking for any appropriately-scaled chickens?


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Cool. That’s what I thought of, too: either a chicken coop, or a rooftop pigeon coop.


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GubernatorFan wrote:Very nice, ReverendSpooky. I've been looking at these and wondering if I could put them to good use. And now you demonstrate it is possible. I guess I know what I'll be checking out next time I'm there -- maybe, not sure I have much to pair it with in my collection just yet. But it's nice to see how it works (and that it works). Have you considered looking for any appropriately-scaled chickens?

Stryker2011 wrote:Cool. That’s what I thought of, too: either a chicken coop, or a rooftop pigeon coop.

Those are good ideas!  I was actually trying to figure out what to store in the bins, and chickens or pigeons are great ideas.  Although those rabbits you got GF wouldn't be a bad idea either (although that definitely implies a grimmer fate than the ones you have frolicking around).  I was thinking originally just some wood pieces or something, but I think you guys are on to something much better.

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The Radio Kings could use some carrier pigeons (as I would imagine, there's probably no longer the ability to transmit radio signals... (Just an idea).


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I wanted to order some of the 'hobby lobby' stuff from them but , and i cant believe this in this day and age, they will ship overseas but only if you order by phone !

So sorry hobby lobby you have just lost a sale because i'm not calling California (i think) from the uk when I had just been having a conversation with them via email !!

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Delanie -- not California, but I know what you mean. It's Kansas or Oklahoma, can't remember.


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Stryker2011 wrote:The Radio Kings could use some carrier pigeons (as I would imagine, there's probably no longer the ability to transmit radio signals... (Just an idea).

Actually, there's still a decent amount of tech in my post-apocalyptic world. The town that St Crow sets up in has restored power, with a combination of solar and hydroelectric, and even has a small radio station they got up and running. I imagine it's also a few years from now before everything falls apart, so it gives me a bit of leeway as far as the available technology that's still around to salvage and repair. There's definitely a bit more sci-fi elements than something like Mad Max, and might have more in common with Fallout in that sense. Although those type of low tech solutions definitely have their appeal there as well.

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GubernatorFan wrote:Hobby Lobby -- more passports and a telescope from Explorer.


That looks like the telescope we were talking about earlier. Is it 1:6 scale? How easy is it for a figure to hold?


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shazzdan wrote:That looks like the telescope we were talking about earlier. Is it 1:6 scale? How easy is it for a figure to hold?

This is not the same that you and Stryker were showing, which look more promising. To answer your question I took this photo. Not sure what to think of it, probably "eh!"


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That's a splendid shot Reverend, love that while Saint Crow is taking a break, he's still enjoying some good music. Also, I kinda like your idea for storing pieces of wood.

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Fox915 wrote:Also, I kinda like your idea for storing pieces of wood.

Me too. Consider the idea stolen. I need somewhere to store all of my offcuts that can double as a 1:6 prop.


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Fox915 wrote:That's a splendid shot Reverend, love that while Saint Crow is taking a break, he's still enjoying some good music. Also, I kinda like your idea for storing pieces of wood.

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Fox915 wrote:Also, I kinda like your idea for storing pieces of wood.

Me too. Consider the idea stolen. I need somewhere to store all of my offcuts that can double as a 1:6 prop.

Thank much guys! Saint Crow ALWAYS makes time for music. It's a point of obsession that's likely to get him into trouble in the wastelands, and he'll go to dangerous lengths for rare vinyl. Weather's getting extra hot, so he's working on a summer mix tape for while he's out in the wastes.

And it's about time some of these props pulled double duty and served a practical purpose.

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ReverendSpooky wrote:And it's about time some of these props pulled double duty and served a practical purpose.

This needs a thread of its own.
http://onesixthfigures.forumotion.com/t253-double-duty-16-props-that-can-be-used-for-11-purposes#4428


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Here's something I found at Hobby Lobby a few hours ago a small Plasma Ball.

Consulting the Orb of Doom.

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I'm also trying out my new 50mm lens.




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That’s pretty cool. Does it follow along with your fingers when you run them along the surface? And does it generate static electricity?


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Stryker2011 wrote:That’s pretty cool. Does it follow along with your fingers when you run them along the surface? And does it generate static electricity?

Thank you, yes it does, no it doesn't seem to generate any static electricity, I'm thinking it might be a cool device for a mad scientists lab?


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Frankenstein’s lab!


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Stryker2011 wrote:Frankenstein’s lab!

Yep, that would work.


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Very nice find, BAD WOLF! And nicely displayed on the makeshift table with the four dragons. Now I am second-guessing myself buying only two of them.


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GubernatorFan wrote:Very nice find, BAD WOLF! And nicely displayed on the makeshift table with the four dragons. Now I am second-guessing myself buying only two of them.

Thank you, using multiple dragons for this table was an idea I had last night for the Plasma Ball I think it made the table more stable.


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Brilliant.

Now I'm going to have to go to Hobby Lobby.

Mighty good find.

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dadrab wrote:Brilliant.

Now I'm going to have to go to Hobby Lobby.

Mighty good find.


Thank you my friend I'm glad you like it, it was a little birthday present to myself.


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Amazing find Bad Wolf! The dragon table and the plasma ball is really creative.

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Fox915 wrote:Amazing find Bad Wolf! The dragon table and the plasma ball is really creative.

Thank you, the dragon table seemed perfect for this setting.


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Wow! Seems I missed a bunch of great hauls!
Everyone: fantastic buys!
The wire chairs, the telescope, the plasma ball, the metal roofed building! They all have my thinker working!

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