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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2012 11:52 p.m. PST

This one is about the relative scale/size of alien plant life, when making terrain for 15mm figures.

So, even though it's supposed to be alien flora, what size limit (if any) do you set for what passes for trees and plants for 15mm human figures on an alien planet?

In other words, for your 15mm figures to not look "too out of place", do you go for stuff that is lower to the ground?


By the way, here's some inspiration for you guys:



You might also like the stuff seen 7:40 into this clip:

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RudyNelson21 Nov 2012 1:19 p.m. PST

Should be easy to make your own plants with all the stuff that is available from craft stores.

Kyn ell Inactive Member21 Nov 2012 2:08 p.m. PST

I did this one for my ongoing 15mm alien death world terrain collection More shots here , also I'm working on some similar death world plants..

Size comparison shots and stuff:

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2012 2:34 p.m. PST

I guess what I was getting at is . . .

. . . does size matter to you, when making alien flora for 15mm humans?

Do you mind if your own figures are lost to you in tall forests of "trees", or do you try to keep everything within a specific height for playability's sake?



Kyn ell Inactive Member21 Nov 2012 2:50 p.m. PST

I don't think size really matters, on an alien world where there arent any humans then the habitat and wildlife ecology would determine the way plants would evolve (as well as other environmental conditions/light/gravity etc)
So, designing the flora you would have to keep it in mind when making them, but you are free to create what ever shapes and sizes you like much easier than a traditional earthlike plant type.
When your speaking about an alien ecology, while it may exhibit similar earthlike qualities, its still "alien" and would be to fit a niche in its own habitat…so as long as you explain why and what and so on, anything goes as long as it looks ok!!

Skipper Inactive Member21 Nov 2012 4:10 p.m. PST

Think large like "Midland" and just about anything is possible

AVAMANGO22 Nov 2012 12:59 a.m. PST

It's Sci-fi so anything goes, personally i try to keep my alien flora / plants no taller than man sized with the odd exception and trees well any size works…

badger22 Inactive Member22 Nov 2012 2:32 a.m. PST

How big is a redwood on the table? Personaly I dont like to big ofd flora because it gets in the way of moving figures around and sometimes you even lose the odd 155mm troop. But as far as looks, anything from grass size to totaly huge.


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2012 6:36 p.m. PST


Check out this fantasy jungle art:



AVAMANGO22 Nov 2012 8:07 p.m. PST

Imagination is your only limitation, as i said its Sci-fi so anything goes…

28mmMan Inactive Member22 Nov 2012 8:21 p.m. PST


How about taking odd shaped pieces of dry flora, wood, bark and adding short green(other) colored turf grass and a few leaves/vines/roots?

Personal logo bauedawargames Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Nov 2012 1:06 a.m. PST

alien flora could be a nice addition to our terrain range…
for the moment there is this which I think looks just the thing for the job:


Personal logo bauedawargames Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Nov 2012 1:08 a.m. PST

sorry, picture:

alien trees

DLIinVSF Inactive Member25 Nov 2012 5:56 a.m. PST

Some close up alien plants for you


infojunky25 Nov 2012 8:31 a.m. PST

I have a bag of 1/2 and 3/4 inch craft Pop-Poms that I use as scatter vegetation.



I have them in green and brown, but I haven't experimented with changing their colors yet.

And another idea occurred to me last night in another thread here on the plus boards and that is getting some of the Pegasus Cactus and painting them up in a nice radioactive blue.

BlackWidowPilot Fezian25 Nov 2012 12:07 p.m. PST

Large seed pods make for splendid alien flora. So does assorted plastic aquarium plants. Since we really don't know what extraterrestrial flora actually looks like, I say go for it, let your imagination be your guide.evil grin

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