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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian writes:

We previously talked about using inexpensive plastic plants as terrain, whether for historical settings (jungles, swamps) or fantasy and sci-fi gaming.

I wanted to see if I could work with these plastic plants, converting them to something more alien. So, using the techniques already explained, I based a plastic plant on an inexpensive dollar-store wooden shape, used air-drying clay to build up around the plant stem (this particular plant needed support, it was floppy), then painted and flocked the base.

Then I took some Crayola-brand Model Magic air-drying clay, which is very foam-like and I thought might match the plant best. I added a 'mouth' to the top of the plant, and painted it green (the clay was brown).

Deadly plant

I used a black wash on the mouth, to make the opening seem more dangerous.

Deadly plant

He does not suspect he is in danger!

Deadly plant

The plant is about to strike! I'm not that happy about how this project turned out, the mouth doesn't integrate that well with the rest of the plant, but it was cheap, easy and will be fun on the tabletop.

Deadly plant

Using the air-drying clay for basing did not work so well, as it eventually shrinks quite a bit. A little more flock should cover up that unsightly crack.

Deadly plant

More plants on the way!