Jungle terrain

09 Jun
Jungle terrain

Something I always wanted to do was jungle terrain. It is very versatile, since it can be used for so many settings. WW Il in the Pacifik, Vietnam, Ultra Modern in Africa or Asia and SciFi. For some time I had bought various plastic fish tank plants and last summer came the time to add them all together. Everything was mounted on HDF boards. I sanded the edges of the boards to make them blend in better, painted them with structured paint and painted them in browns and greens. The plants were glued to the boards using hot glue. I did them in various shapes and sizes to make the terrain as flexible as possible.


The majority were done with green plants, to make them useable for historic games. In addition to aquarium plants there is also some model bamboo, a few palm trees and two Buddas. I wanted to do a small temple with a Budda statue and ended up with two spare Buddas. But more on said temple later on.

As I wanted to use this jungle for SciFi as well, I also bought some more colourful plants. I went for psychedelic colours, since I wanted a look like in James Cameron’s Avatar. But when it was all done, I had to find, that the green plants alone were enough to fill a table. So these were sold off a couple of weeks ago.

Up last is the temple. I wanted a nice centrepiece for the table. My inspiration came from the temple scene in Full Metal Jacket. This one is just a simple one “room” walled in compound. The walls were done from high density foam. The roof tiles are a clerical box that I cut up and painted. As I said above, I wanted a Budda statue. Which proofed harder to find in an appropriate scale or at an appropriate price than I thought. After a couple of months I found a set of three on eBay. The seller had wanted to experiment with mould making and plaster casting and the three Buddas were the result. I also added some temple lions from Ainsty Castings. Yes, I am well aware, that these should not be at the gate to a Buddist temple, but I simply wanted them for the looks.

Btw, if anyone wonders where that mat is from, I did that last summer. It is a piece of painters masking fleece that was painted using a wet blending technique. I wanted to try this method out for a larger desert mat I will do some time later and this 4′ x 4′ mat for Infinity was the result.


Posted by on June 9, 2018 in Terrain building


10 responses to “Jungle terrain

  1. Michael Awdry

    June 9, 2018 at 19:19

    That looks tremendous, I love the temple remains.


    • Burkhard

      June 9, 2018 at 22:04

      Thank you… I have to admit, even a year after building it, I am still deeply in love with it. ­čśÜ


  2. imperialrebelork

    June 9, 2018 at 23:58

    Looks really good man nice and dense.The Temple is a real stand out too.


    • Burkhard

      June 10, 2018 at 07:56

      Thank you! Really wanted it dense, so it is good to hear that it looks the deal.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Azazel

    June 10, 2018 at 01:32

    That’s a great looking jungle. I think I’ll have to expand the small amount of aquarium jungle that I have here after seeing yours. Fantastic work on that temple as well. Something else for me to be inspired to emulate down the road!


    • Burkhard

      June 10, 2018 at 07:58

      Thx! If you have any questions regarding the plants I used, feel free to ask and I will try my best to find them in my eBay history.


  4. Wargamerabbit

    June 10, 2018 at 17:23

    Welcome back Mr. B. Your colorful jungle article will come in handy reading later this year as I attempt some” jungle growth” zonal terrain for my tabletop Vietnam (20mm) FOW extension. Maybe a small temple for the VC to use as a command center, inspired by your suggestion..

    Michael aka WR


    • Burkhard

      June 11, 2018 at 16:42

      Hello Michael, it is good to be back. And I am really happy if I could inspire you. I will be looking forward to seeing how your turn out, although I have to confess, given the size of the average plastic aquarium plant I can only imagine how hard this will be in 20mm!


  5. Barks

    June 15, 2018 at 10:18

    Very nice. I should do this myself sometime.


    • Burkhard

      June 15, 2018 at 17:30

      If you need any pointers, just give me a shout!



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