ChaosGerbil’s Wargames Jungle Construction Guide
Start out by cutting out rounded squiggles and ovals from Masonite board. A skill-saw / saber-saw type device is best. Power sand the edges, bevel if you want. If this is too dangerous or inconvenient for you, there are other bases. Pink insulation type stiff foam is $10 for an 8’4 foot sheet. Other alternatives to consider would be old cds, foam-core, and cardboard reinforced by glue. These will not last like Masonite but can sometimes be used for decent results. You will want to reinforce with air dry foam orlots of glue, but pliant bases are more prone to warping.
Get aquarium plants from an online discount pet supply place. Supplement with plants from Michael’s or other plastic flower / plant aisles. Use hot glue to attach a sprig of plant to the edge of the base. Use cups or other props to hold up the foliage while the hot glue dries. When this dries, cover the join with tacky glue and then sand. You can also glue down treated moss to cover the join or add bushes. Dab some tacky glue in the joins of the plants since many of them are segmented. Repeat this step every two or three inches around the edge of the base.
For more of a 40k look, use cut corks and bottle caps for barrels, and some bits form your bits box. Super glue is fine here. A cut up used gift card can be used as scrap metal barricades or flooring. Coffee stirrers or Popsicle sticks are also useful.
Model magic air dry foam or the kind for Lakeshore learning center is perfect for adding variations in height, for craters and pools, or smoothing out joins. It is also fantastic for making boulders and mushrooms.It also protects the Masonite from warping from glue in the next step.
Flock by starting with a layer of Elmer’s white glue, not watered down. Use an old large brush or piece of plastic to evenly coat the base. Cover with sand or ballast. If your base material sucks then weigh down the edges and center with full soda cans or other weights.
There is a rust red spray primer from Rustoleum for $4 at the hardware store. You may want to pick up a black and a flat green as well, just make sure you are using flat and not satin or gloss.
Drybrush the ground, flock with foliage mix or static grass in patches. Paint and shade the plants and bits detail as you would a model, taking shortcuts on the big areas.
To follow up, make mobile foliage clusters on 40mm poker chips to fill in the hollow space, add detail as desired. These can double as objectives sometimes.