Fight Artillery Duels With Working Cannons

From the December 1932 issue of Modern Mechanix is an article on building a war game which involves shooting toy cannons at enemy targets. Instructions for building the mortars are included.

Hat Tip Martyn

Making Molds From Sheet Foam

Here’s a clever method for making false building fronts using molds created from craft store sheet foam.

Science Fiction Terrain From CD Spindles

We all knew that cds — especially those free ones you get in the mail — make great bases for terrain pieces. But who knew that you also could use the spindles. Here is a photo tutorial on using the spindles to make science fiction terrain pieces — such as fuel tanks, etc.

The site is in Spanish, but the photos speak for themselves.

Making Mallorn Trees

The Last Alliance has an article on making Mallorn Trees — those huge trees amongst which the elves live in The Lord of The Rings. The idea is that the trees are so large — and their branches so high that only the trunks come into play in a game.

Now, I don’t have much use for Mallorn Trees, but it occurs to me that the same technique also could be used to make the trunks of trees in, say, the Brazilian rain forest. You could use some of those Copplestone pygmies and Amazon explorers.

Making Scouring Pad Trees

Here’s a tutorial on making trees from scouring pads.. They’re very nice looking, and it looks like a fun project, but frankly you can get nice pre-made trees from a variety of sources. Still, they’re bound to be a lot cheaper, and if you’re a do-it-yourselfer ….