So You Want to Write Your Own Earplug Adventure, Huh? 5: Sets (part 3 Natural Stuff)


Most natural stuff – soil, sand, grit, that sort of stuff, is usually found on location, so can’t really be classified in the ‘sets’ section. But not always…

graveyard set

This beaten up bucket of dirt has proven most adaptable. How many times have you seen it in Earplug Adventures? More than you imagine; that’s how many. Scenes like this…

zombiesand spindly plants

This particular scene shows us part of the zombie home – that being the cemetery. Note how the weed seedlings give it an eerie look. It crops up (no pun intended) again in this scene…

zoms in jungle

Shot at a different time of year, the cemetery set becomes a garden. Also…

thelma in arboretum

a wilderness. Or a…

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…forest. Handy, buckets of soil.

Another useful area that I often resort to is an abandoned bicycle shed. I know that they aren’t that prolific, but if you search wide enough I’m sure you’ll find one somewhere. Why a bicycle shed? Because…

moss in bike shed

…moss grows there – and in the tiny world of Earplug Adventures, moss is  a very useful tool. Look…

ecos in peat bog

It makes for an excellent eleventh century Irish peat bog. And…

spindlies in peat bog

add a few weeds, and you have a jungle. Then, of course, during the summer months it doubles up as…

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…parched desert scrub. Only your imagination limits the use to which moss can be put.

Sand makes a very nice desert…

tapones in the sand

But it can also become a mountain – such as the home of Sir Dodger Muir in the alternate dimension tale ‘Evil Empire’…

twat meeys dodger

Grit’s pretty neat too. I keep mine in this…

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Here are some of the locales it can become…

magnuss meets gravedigger in broken cemetery

and…

hakking chariot trench

It was also useful for supplying the scenery for Interlude Upon Mars…

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Not to mention pebbly beaches in Cold War…

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and mountain sides. I like mountain sides…

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Actually that blue plastic bucket was pretty ubiquitous, wasn’t it! Which brings me on to plastic props. But that will be in the next instalment. So until then, so long Earpluggers.

Earplug Adventures © Paul Trevor Nolan

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Tooty Nolan

Writer of silly tales, taker of pictures, and all round good egg
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