|The finished jungle hexes with an undercoated US Special Forces model by The Scene for scale.|
Sometimes when I don't have much time to paint, I work on terrain as it's more suited to doing in small stages and leaving for a while. when I'm doing a figure, I like to keep momentum on it until it's done.
Here is how I made my "LOS blocking" jungle hexes.
I began by cutting off some plant sections so they would be of tree like height rather than scrub or undergrowth. These sections would not be accepting figure bases inside so I wanted pieces that would block lines of sight entirely.
While cutting and positioning them I noticed how flexible they were. I think in future, making some forest sections that figures can be placed in will be quite easy. The down side is that they can't be painted conventionally, but I will get to that further down the post.
I then pulled all the plants out again and set about using PVA glue to put rocks, sand and kitty litter on top of the hexes.I made sure that I didn't put any large rocks too close to the holes, so the plant bases would fit.
I then painted GW Foundation Calthan brown directly onto the plastic sides.
The plants looked good, but as they are semi-transparent and brightly coloured, to my eye they didn't quite look right. I washed them with a mix of future wax and ink and was a little surprised to find that it stuck and didn't flake off. When this had dried I drybrushed (rather messily) them whole plant bits with Vallejo lime green. They don't look as good as a hard plastic model would if painted this way, but I'm happy with the result.