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SpuriousMilius writes:

I bought some aquarium plants from the local pet supply shop for use as weird Barsoom plants for my John Carter of Mars game. They're either plastic or some stiff fabric in garish colors & have relatively heavy bases; I think that they're perfect. The store's clerk asked me what kind of fish I had & was quite bemused by my response a la miniature gaming.

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Need giant vegetation for your fantastic jungles?

Potted plant and wooden shape

At the local dollar store, I picked up a plastic plant (it's a Potted Succulent) and a pack of wooden shapes (I only need one).

Deconstructed Potted plant and primed wood

I sprayed one side of the wood with brown primer, and pulled the plastic plant out of the pot – it's spiked into styrofoam, which was not very effectively hot-glued to the plastic pot.

Bare plant

I carefully removed the plant from the styrofoam, and peeled off the dried glue and bits of styrofoam. Be careful not to pull the spike out of the plant.

Drilled base

I've drilled a hole in the base, and touched up the paint with some mud-colored paint.

Flocked base

The base is then coated with terrain glue, tossed into the flock bin, allowed to dry, then sealed with matte spray.

Glued plant

I then applied white glue to the base of the plant… (Hot glue would also work.)

Clamped plant

The plant's spike is then inserted into the hole in the base, and held in place with a clamp until dry. The clamp is just holding it in place, don't tighten too much or you might pull the spike out of the plant.

Finished plant

When the glue is dry, remove the clamp and cut the spike off flush with the base.

Finished plant

The finished plant is shown with a 28mm zombie fighter.

Finished plant

Would you use this for the jungles of Vietnam? Or for a more sci-fi look, add tentacles!

Finished plant

Note that the base didn't warp in the slightest, but if it had, I would have put it under a heavy book for a day or two to unwarp it.