Bless those Swedes #2

November 25, 2013

IKEA has some useful stuff for the modeller. Apart from the obvious, such as boxes, shelves and display cases (mine being a prime example), there are some useful items that are not immediately apparent. My latest trip to the Swedish house of wonders furnished me with some cork hot pads named HEAT as well as two colours (black and grey) of decorative sand under the name KULÖRT.


The sand will be used for basing, as it’s quite fine. There was a larger, coarser variety on sale as well. The hot pads are currently being turned into rock formations following the instructions in this thread on TMP. Below is a WIP picture as well as some finished ones.

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The rock formations turned out quite nice and they’re very easy to make. I’m looking to build a fair few for the next Utopia game, so I now have a pretty large stack of the IKEA hot pads waiting to be destroyed. So much fun!



  1. Nice one. I’m due a trip to IKEA soon (the other half is going for a bed; I’m going for cheap gaming table…) so I’ll have to pick up some cork!

    • Glad I could help!

  2. I find op shops (thrift shops?) and garage sales a good source of things like cork mats, and pretty easy on the budget. If your lucky you can find a new shirt too! Thanks for the link to the tutorial. D.

    • Thanks for the comment Dave, will keep that in mind the next time I go thrift shopping!

  3. You know, I’ve got a stash of those cork plates at home I actually use as ….
    “Honey, we need new hot pads, I can’t find the old ones”

    • Excellent! Who says wargaming can’t be a family hobby…

  4. Is the Kulort sand, or crushed glass?

    • It’s sand. There’s also a crushed glass variety available.

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