PROJECT: “CHULT TREES” (#2)


 

If you missed Step #1, you can find it here. I am making some inexpensive scatter terrain to be used when we sit down to play the next part of  Tomb of Annihilation. I decided to make some jungle trees, and I’m sharing the process here on the blog.

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So with all the bases glued together and dry, it was time to line them up and start painting.

 

I decided to use Liquitex Basics Acrylic Color “Raw Umber” for the base color. Why? Well, the reasons aren’t that strategic. First of all, the tube is getting old and I want to use up the paint. I bought is awhile ago at a craft store that was clearing all of their Liquitex paint from stock. Secondly, it is a dark color and great for a base. And thirdly, it has a higher viscosity than many of my other paints so it’s nice to use when painting a material like wood.

 

 

I slapped the paint to the bases, making sure the coverage was good. The wood will suck up some of the paint so you might have to do a second coat. Make sure to go back after the bases are dry to paint the sides. I didn’t worry about painting the bottoms of the bases, but if you want to do so … go for it.

 

 

Although the Raw Umber is only a base coat, I like the muddy look to it.

 

 

While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I decided to mix up some homemade flock. There is all kinds of flock available on the market right now made of all kinds of cool materials. However, I like to just make my own from upcycled materials. So my flock is made of two parts: coffee grounds and cilantro leaves. I like the earthy smell that the terrain has when I use these kinds of materials. I only tend to use homemade flock on terrain, using the “fancy” store-bought flock on my miniatures.

 

 

Using a star wars spoon, I pierced the Maxwell House MAX K-cup and scooped out the coffee grounds. I allowed the grounds to dry for about an hour before mixing in the cilantro leaves.  You don’t have to use a Star Wars spoon for this step, but you should. 🙂

 

 

Afterwards, I mixed the materials together in a spare plastic dish. I chose one that my wife won’t miss for the time being. Wives can be weird about their kitchen wares being used for important things like terrain making. Go figure. 😉

 

 

Now my flock is ready to rock.

 

 

The next step is to highlight the bases and apply the flocking materials.

 

 

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