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I was wondering what is the most cost effective way to get scrap for the use on ork terrain, or just piles of rubble? Buy a whole tank and just don't put it together? Maybe order some random pieces of rhino plates off ebay or a bitz website.
All it has to do is look like it came from a vehicle or miniature.. with cardboard and plasticard and bits, you could make just the corner of a rhino poking out of the ground... that's all you'd need, plus a bunch of other pieces of stuff added on. Broken cogs and metal bits all bent with pliers and the like.
Eldar ~7k, Orks ~11k, Tyranids ~1k5, Space Wolves ~1k
Old kinder surprise and happy meal prizes, unloved / broken moulded plastic toys, with the addition of a few hole punched plasticard rivets (to make a little more 'Imperial').
The addition of a genuine bit of tank or would add authenticity, but being cheap, I'd only use a little.
kinder surprise?!?!? holy crap what a gold mine? those things used to have all kinds of interesting gubbins inside!
Thanks haul and miasma!
You could also go and poke about in model shops. There are all kinds of cheap tank kits and aircraft, boats and so on. All these things can be used for parts or partially assembled for wrecked vehicles. You can also scavenge old toys, look in junk stores and anywhere old stuff is sold. The stuff you use need not be clearly 40K as there would be endless piles of junk all over the future.
One of the simplest options is to take the plastic sprues from anything GW sells and instead of throwing them out, chop it up into a million little pieces. (if you've got a lot, don't be afraid to get rough - bolt cutters, an axe or hatchet works pretty well, as do hedge clippers.) Add some sand and gravel, a little drywall mud or plaster, random bits of nearly anything you can find, a little bit of work and voila! Broken, rocky ground littered with general, un-identifiable debris that could very well have been part of almost anything.
If you carefully peel the flat surface layers off of corrugated cardboard, the inner layer is PERFECT for corrugated iron roofing or walls. Popsicle sticks are instant lumber for scenery projects (tasty, too!)
Check out some yard sales, too. That busted old $5 VCR or tape deck is absolutely filled to the brim with neat little gears, pulleys, belts and endless other whatsits to work with.
Plasticard is your best friend for making Orky stuff, since it's easy to make rough and crudely built plates. Hobby shops also sell metal and plastic pipe, angle and channel stock, and even plastic I-Beams!
Know anybody with Razorbacks? They've probably got the un-used Rhino roof hatches laying around. The new Vindicators are even better, they produce tons of spare Rhino chunks! Try some Guard players - they've probably got a few spare dozer blades or track guards you could use. Extra bits are everywhere, it's just a matter of finding people you can trade, barter or beg with to get your hands on them!
And as Leech said, many model shops have a few crappy old models kicking around in a corner or something. They're 30 years old, they sucked when they were new, and nowadays they're so bad they're funny. Or maybe they've got somebody's old kit that they just started and got bored with - they gave the guy $5 for it, maybe somebody else wants to pick up a quick cheap build for $10 - $15 or something. Some places sell basic snap-fit car kits designed for little kids to build, they're not good kits, but they're cheap and make good wreckage.
Wow an essay wasnt what I expected but damn its a good one.
All the ideas work really well, I just use plasticard now, but for more interesting and fun shapes I do have parts left over from the old ork buggies and trukk and the bikes, but they are terrible looking.
I will hopefully be able to find some time to trade bits and pieces with a few guys and hopefully get enough scrap to really give the shop that fantastic feel it's always needed!
I do have tons and tons, actually a whole bag full of sprues I cut up manually, it took me about 3 hours to do them all and I have used quite a lot but the meat grinder is a great way and I'll have to get my hands on one somehow and somewhen!