Ok, so after having read a ton of project logs and become thoroughly addicted to pictures of beautiful miniatures and scenery, I thought I'd contribute something of my own.
With the imminent release of the new Imperial Guard Codex, and the advent of the plastic Valkyrie, I thought it finally time to do the Vietnam-themed Air Cav army that's been lurking in the back of my brain ever since I saw the Forge world Valkyrie model for the first time, but an Air Cav army means a Jungle themed table, and since I'm currently limited to City Fight and Green and Pleasant Fields with my current terrain selection, this would mean a lot of work on my part. But I love a bit of a challenge, and while I was out at a local hobbycraft the other weekend, browsing Flames of War models, I noticed the nearby Pets at Home store was having a sale of plastic aquarium plants, so I picked up a ton of them and set to work raiding my stash of bits and useful terrain objects.
Usually when I'm making something I forget all about taking photos until I'm nearly at the end, but this time I remembered right at the beginning so I should hopefully be able to document the whole process.
So without further ado, here's some piccies.
This first pic gives you a rough idea of how many bases of jungle I'm going for. I wanted to be able to comfortably fill a 6' by 4' table, and really cram a 4' by 4' table. On a 6' by 4' table this will leave only two to three clearings and most pathways between terrain bases will be about the width of a rhino or chimera. On a 4' by 4' table the pathways will be about the width of a 25mm base, and you might get one clearing if you're lucky if all the terrain bases are used.
I'm basing up the bulk of the jungle plants on 30mm and 40mm washers, that way they can be removed from the terrain bases to allow more space for models if necessary, forest-style. Most of the terrain bases will be like the one on the far left of the picture that I use for forests, plain brown dirt bases, perhaps with a little static grass. However, some of the terrain features I have planned will be fully modelled with stuck-down plantlife - these will potentially have a game function, perhaps as generic objectives, or maybe a particular focus of a mission.
One of the terrain bases, for example, will be a troop encampment as pictured above. It'll have a couple of barrack buildings, a guard tower, and a small landing pad on a hill. It'll also be surrounded by a fence.
There will also be a couple of missile silos, like the one above. I want to give the impression that this area of jungle has an extensive imperial tunnel system beneath it. That way, it might be possible to play a dual board game, with the main board representing the overground jungle, while the secondary board represents the underground tunnel system, and models can move between boards through certain entry points. Can anyone guess what I've been watching lately ?
Finally, I'm planning on adding some ancient ruins. Necron relics perhaps? Or the remnants of a Chaos cult?
Any comments appreciated.