I’ve been doing some tinker-crafting and here are the results. Some heavyweight road pieces without any warping, a cozy little hut with detacheable roof, and to corner house ruins.
Adhesive Linoleum Tiles
I grabbed a stack of 1′ by 1′ adhesive backed black linoleum tiles for real cheap. They are heavy enough to stay down and haven’t shown any warping for all the glue I’ve dumped on them. Without power tools, it will be difficult to do anything other than straight line scoring and snapping. Also, the adhesive backing is not very strong, but it does take well to pva and wood glue. Mod-Podge has decent holding power but spray adhesive certainly doesn’t work to hold aquarium rocks on there.
My little house was a pretty standard four walls, framed with scored Woodsies. I tried applying pva in a swirling motion around the entire walls for an easy stucco look, and I am very happy with the results.
Roads and Ruins
Everything was black-bombed with black spraypaint, and then hit with base colors plus drybushed highlights. After the painting was done, I applied some PVA with some simple dirty-grass flock or sand in a few places. Wherever there were gaps in the road or at the edges, I put down some base brown for dirt.
Next on the crafting to-do list, I want to make some more trees, some hills, river pieces, and a backdrop of grass. If you want to know the exact colors of cheap craft store paint I use or steps I took, leave a comment below. I will happily put together a step-by-step for you.