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

When it comes to terrain items, they often serve two purposes: limiting movement and blocking line-of-sight. I decided to try elevating a plastic succulent, to make it more of a shot-blocking factor.

This was another quick project. All I did was get some packing foam and glue it down to an inexpensive wooden base (a flower shape from the dollar store). The packing foam crumbled easily, so I simply used my fingers to pinch bits off until the foam had an irregular shape. I knew this didn't have to be fancy, as I was going to cover it with flock (which hides many flaws), and I had a plastic plant that would droop over it.

Then I impaled the plastic plant into the foam.

The base and foam were painted a muddy brown color. (This not only provides a color base for the flock, but it also protects the foam from the final seal spray, which otherwise might melt the foam.)

After letting this dry, I liberally coated the base with white glue, and then dipped into my flocking container until well coated. I waited a day for everything to dry, then gave it a spray of matte-clear to help seal the flock in place.

Raised plant

The purplish color of this plant works well for fantasy or sci-fi settings.

Raised plant

When I do another one of these, I'll do more shaping on the foam, as it still looks like a block!

Raised plant

Fortunately, the drooping leaves help conceal the corner edges.

Raised plant

The 32mm figure in the photo above helps to show how the elevated plant blocks line-of-sight on the tabletop.

Raised plant

It will also channel movement on the tabletop, even for large vehicles.

Not bad for a dollar-store plastic plant!