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I've been thinking maybe I should put some of what I know (being modest of course) to use and help other people out that might be a little stuck when it comes to terrain, so any time I see a decent opportunity, I'll make a tutorial for something I'm doing.
So this one will be aimed at making easy and quick bushes and shrubs for jungle fighting or just jungle terrain by itself.
So this is what I'm going to make as a sample.
A quick, minute or so job that will hide your troops from almost anything but the most determined of weapons and creatures.
I first started with a trip to a $2 store that just happened to sell aquarium products for super cheap prices, I picked up a bag of almost one of everything for $20.
See the forest for the trees.
I first cut the giant stems (some were over a foot long) into small pieces that will A) be able to hold their own weight up and look more organised.
Some types will have connections between every few inches or so, I found you can pull them apart with a bit of force and then cut them off at the ends individually.
I pre-made a base cut from I think 4mm MDF board, and glued some rough blue-foam shapes to give it a bit of height and also somewhere to anchor the foliage to.
I have a selection of Drill bits that are actually too rubbish to even drill through plastic so they suited this fine, I got a few out because of the different sized ends of some of the pieces and then because of the cut-offs having a smaller diameter than the ends.
I applied a little bit of slightly watered down PVA to the ends and simply stuck them in the holes punched by the drill bit.
and that is practically it, after you're happy with the positioning, apply a few layers of PVA to the blue foam to stop it melting when you spray it (if you do). Take out the plants (PVA isn't too strong), paint the base and put the plants back as they were.
I don't have any painted as I don't have any spray cans but I'll hope to see some this week!
Awesome I was thinking about doing something like this but, my theme has since changed. Buy maybe when I go back to fantasy....
Very nice. For making a quick jungle board this is a great tutorial. Cover and line of sight can be a bitch and some trees makes all the difference.
Id suggest starting with a brown paint for the bases and then dry brushing on the green. Would help make it look more natural. In addition Woodland Scenics makes clump foam with is used by model railroaders for bushes. Adding in some of that could also help to the bases look fuller.
And if the bases arnt heavy enough or tip over to easy try adding some wood putty on to them. This can help to smooth out foam, add texture, and adds some weight.
Again very nice,
If you don't have any blue foam, try asking a local florist for any "off-cuts" of something called OASIS - It's a material they use for flower arranging, it's water resistant (i.e. will not soak up fluids) and it's dirt cheap (if not free) It's easily slice-able yet firm enough to hold it's shape. It crumples easily, but can be dropped as it's so light it'll bounce and not break or chip.
Find some and try it out - no need to drill, just push the stems into it. Cover it with pva and newspaper before painting (the PVA will seal the paper).
I should have sprayed brown, but I thought about it and realised once covered in shrubs and stuff, they wont matter much, I just wanted quick terrain and thats what I got
I do want to do a few "scenic" piece that will have a bit of a theme, so they will have more detail, but other than that I was just after simple terrain. Thanks for commenting and welcome back (if you did in fact leave anywhere)