Years ago I played a super-hero based miniature game called "Heroclix". I havent played in quite some time but I have hundreds of these things in boxes in my closet. I decided to put them to use....
I'm using them to help me work on both my photography technique and my Photoshop technique. I start with a photograph of a particular figure, then I manipulate it in some fashion in Photoshop to create a "scene".

Check them out HERE.