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nheastvan Inactive Member30 Aug 2016 10:12 a.m. PST

So with the creation of some more alien plants, I think I finally have enough terrain to start gaming 15mm sci-fi.

Alien tube plants made from plastic straws melted over candle flame (be careful if you try it, they don't need to touch the flame at all):

And more dollar store fake plants glued to pennies:

And the whole table:

More on my blog, but those are the most important pictures.


Harwood Hobbies Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Aug 2016 10:24 a.m. PST

That looks great!!!

Weasel30 Aug 2016 10:25 a.m. PST

Great table and the tube plants are perfect. Really gets across the "you're not on earth anymore" look.

nheastvan Inactive Member30 Aug 2016 11:07 a.m. PST

My inspiration is the type of sets made for sci-fi movies in the 70s. In this case, At The Earth's Core (1976).

I haven't gone with as much pink and grey, nor do I have mushrooms, but I went a little bit in that direction.

Sloppypainter30 Aug 2016 11:16 a.m. PST

Nice looking terrain. Looks alien without being goofy.

Mako11 Inactive Member30 Aug 2016 11:19 a.m. PST

Looks great!

Thanks for sharing.

Oberlindes Sol LIC30 Aug 2016 11:27 a.m. PST

Beautiful. Thanks.

Weasel30 Aug 2016 11:28 a.m. PST

Giant mushrooms are hard to do without looking dorky on the gaming table, I've found.

nheastvan Inactive Member30 Aug 2016 11:29 a.m. PST

I'm going to use "this isn't underground" as an excuse to skip the giant mushrooms, but the reality is I don't think I can make ones that don't look dorky. :D

Chalfant30 Aug 2016 11:33 a.m. PST

Looks great!


Weasel30 Aug 2016 11:52 a.m. PST

Now that you mention it, a battle set inside a giant underground cave would be friggen amazing.

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2016 12:09 p.m. PST

Nice work!

John Treadaway Inactive Member30 Aug 2016 12:12 p.m. PST

Superb. I can't fault your work.

Agreed on your mushroom conclusions!

John T

mattblackgod30 Aug 2016 12:35 p.m. PST

Very nice work.

Covert Walrus30 Aug 2016 1:46 p.m. PST

Looks very good indeed, especially the fungi tubes. :)

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2016 2:40 p.m. PST

Really well done.

Lion in the Stars30 Aug 2016 3:09 p.m. PST

I may need to get a pack of straws to turn into terrain for the build next weekend…

nheastvan Inactive Member30 Aug 2016 4:01 p.m. PST

Apparently you can also cut them lengthwise so you can fit them inside one another to make compound tubes with nodes.

Not mine:

And Germy's pasta plants are amazing:

Sundance30 Aug 2016 4:52 p.m. PST

Very nice!

nheastvan Inactive Member30 Aug 2016 8:44 p.m. PST

Looks like I forgot a picture with the plants spread out a bit more:

LoudNinjaGames31 Aug 2016 6:45 a.m. PST

Brilliantly done. Very alien with some very clean, straight-forward work.

If you want to waste many hours of your life, you could do something like this using hot glue over a wire frame.

Or perhaps something Giger inspired using pumpkin stems.

We also produce some fun alien terrain at Loud Ninja Games sold through

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2016 9:07 a.m. PST

Pumpkin stems…

I HATE those 'why didn't I think of that' moments. *grrr*


LoudNinjaGames31 Aug 2016 9:34 a.m. PST

Bake them in the oven until they are essentially dry wood. then, seal them with a couple heavy coats of varnish. This helps to keep the bugs out and the paint from soaking in.


Gnubrid31 Aug 2016 11:09 a.m. PST

Wonderful and inspiring.

Kropotkin303 Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2016 2:28 a.m. PST

Fantastic.Melting the straws with a candle must have taken some practice. I guess a candle works best as it is so low-temperature. Great painting as well.

nheastvan Inactive Member01 Sep 2016 6:24 a.m. PST

I only had three unusable chunks. The smaller straws were even easier. Take it slow with the candle and I think anyone's first attempt can be usable. You'll want proper ventilation as some plastics off gas when heated.

Bob Runnicles01 Sep 2016 11:35 a.m. PST

Did you make the hills? Corkboard or something else?

nheastvan Inactive Member01 Sep 2016 4:58 p.m. PST

Yes. They're cork. Same process as this:


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