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Cacique Caribe13 Feb 2017 8:36 p.m. PST

Made any mutant or alien-looking plants, vines and/or trees for SF, VSF, Fantasy and Post Apocalyptic gaming?

They could be made/converted using ANYTHING as your starting point, including plastic aquarium coral:


Come on. Let's see what you've come up with, and tell us how you made/converted them!

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TNE230013 Feb 2017 9:03 p.m. PST

I'm a big fan of these
haven't had luck copying them yet


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Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Feb 2017 5:07 a.m. PST
Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2017 9:21 a.m. PST

My friend's sweetgum balls alien terrain pieces: link


Darkest Star Games Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Feb 2017 9:55 a.m. PST

Col, those sweetgum balls are creep as all get out, I love them! I neeeed some!

Darkest Star Games Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Feb 2017 9:56 a.m. PST

…and great work on all of the above!

Personal logo Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2017 1:50 p.m. PST

I wanted pink:


Cacique Caribe14 Feb 2017 4:11 p.m. PST

@Etotheipi, that deer forest is creepy! :)


Wow. That reminds me a little of the intro scene in Star Trek Into Darkness:




Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Feb 2017 7:15 p.m. PST

@Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut – Chocolate and Candy-pink terrain! Perfect for Valentine's Day! :) I like density of trees on the stands – looks nice and appears to functionally support actually putting figures there.

@ColCampbell – I'm stealing that idea. I have some good places to use that.

The H Man14 Feb 2017 8:01 p.m. PST



This topic is not on 28mm sci fi. (Perhaps for good reason, go check it out)

Awesome stuff. I love the horse tree!

For the tubes near top, I could suggest getting some plastic tubing or straws and carefully melting the tip and try to get it to blob or curl around the edges. Don't burn it though. Or perhaps some pasta or plastic tubes with some rolls of putty around the top edge.

Coral is available from pet shops, just paint it. Not sure on price though.

stroezie15 Feb 2017 6:48 a.m. PST

I mostly do 6mm but you could easily make them bigger.

My red chloroplast jungle board

Space 1889 mars

Here's some 15mm I did way back
A small forrest with intrechangeble plants

Some classic huge spiked cacti, a herd of walking trees (inspired by history channel's alien planet) and 2 groups of elephant snails.

I have to say I really like this thread, lot's of great idea's to steal err… I mean be inspired by. ;-))

zrunelord15 Feb 2017 3:08 p.m. PST
LoudNinjaGames15 Feb 2017 6:59 p.m. PST

Ghost Tree…


LoudNinjaGames15 Feb 2017 7:04 p.m. PST

Does it count if I sculpted it from scratch and made it available and resin and metal terrain…


Cacique Caribe17 Feb 2017 12:14 a.m. PST

Beautiful work, for sure.

There are many of us who also enjoy making our own terrain, even though the end result might not look as spectacular.

I don't know about the others, but I find making new pieces therapeutic too. :)


Cacique Caribe18 Feb 2017 8:11 p.m. PST

Hey Z,

Did you run a wire or rid through these, to stabilize them a bit?



zrunelord19 Feb 2017 3:16 a.m. PST

Hello CC,
You mean the Pink Candy Floss trees or the blue tyranid spores ?



The trees & the spores are built on Bamboo skewers so are quite stable.3mm holes were drilled in the mdf bases & the trees were glues with pva when ready.More info on Blog

The long sausage hills are solid so don't need any but I guess you can also use skewers here.

What do you mean by "rid" ?

If you need more advice just ask.:):):)


Cacique Caribe19 Feb 2017 9:12 a.m. PST

Lol. Auto-correct. Should have been "rod".

I was referring to the pink formations. That's excellent info, as always. Thanks so much.

PS. In that second pic above, how did you get the ringed texture on those green/blue "trunks"?

zrunelord20 Feb 2017 9:26 a.m. PST

You're more than welcome Dan,
The Nid spore towers were originally believe it or not a dried plant shoot ( don't ask me what it was, I found it in the countryside & just knew it would be useful someday ). If I'm not mistaken Eli posted pics of dried pumpkin tips to very good effect somewhere on TMP, so nature is excellent for providing the raw material.

I cast it in rubber then in plaster of Paris & sculpted to bring out the detail,then remoulded & cast in resin.Must say that it needs a bit of skill to do, but do able not impossible.

I put old 4" nails in those whilst the resin was still soft , so they're very strong. The tips are the main problem as they're very fragile.

I was going to cast them in translucent blue resin but then changed my mind to a dark opaque blue.

This should help.

LoudNinjaGames03 Mar 2017 5:19 p.m. PST

You mean these?

zrunelord04 Mar 2017 12:03 a.m. PST

Yes those are the ones.


Cacique Caribe10 Mar 2017 8:34 a.m. PST


Those pumpkin tips are pure genius!


blackjack07115 Mar 2017 10:25 a.m. PST

Made these from drinking straws awhile back.

I wrote instructions on my old neglected blog.

Cacique Caribe02 Apr 2017 9:13 p.m. PST


Those look incredible!


TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2017 5:36 a.m. PST

My friend's sweetgum balls alien terrain pieces…

I was just down visiting my daughter and grandchildren in mid-Missouri. I'd never noticed them before, but the streets were FULL of them!

Brought back some, though I've probably started an ecological disaster…


Cacique Caribe04 Apr 2017 1:13 p.m. PST

Lol. Ten years from now your part of the world will be overrun and people will wonder who started it all.

Just don't say this when they catch up with you : "My friend's sweetgum balls alien terrain pieces…"


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