Friday, October 7, 2011

Battlefield Jungle Terrain

Everybody is on a budget these days and looking for a way to cut corners. Making terrain for your battlefield always gets left for last and you wind up using a tube for a tower and some books for a hill. We found a quick and easy way to make cheap jungle terrain while you're doing other productive home improvement things.

If you have a home and do any work requiring filling gaps and cracks with "Great Stuff" spray foam insulation, You know there is always some leftover in the can. Well this time, don't just throw it out. Get a piece of board or old cardboard will work. Spray the leftover insulation foam onto the board and remember it expands. 

Always keep your eyes out in second hand shops and sale areas of craft stores. We found some nice potted plastic jungle like items on sale for 25 cents each in a craft store sale bin. Immediately smash the old pots and remove filler from the base of the plants. 

You can cut holes in your spray foam or just push the pieces you have into place. Once I had them where I wanted them, I took them out and painted the foam with some moss green paint leftover from a room we had remodeled. I've also found great colors in the mismixed paints at Home Depot or Lowes for a couple bucks a can. 

While it was wet I spread on some blended turf from Woodland Scenics onto it. You could easily use sand or  old herbs for texture. Then using glue that won't dissolve the foam, stick your trees back in place. 
You can add other touches like extra clump foliage and small plastic snakes or the like.

Then it's onto the battlefield!

Have a great battle,
The Old Crow

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