After a long hiatus of very little modeling or painting I decide to tackle my old ambition of making a terrain set. My goal is to come up with enough terrain pieces to be able to use this homebrew chart. Lustria/Southlands 2-Inpentrable Jungle (raised impassable feature) 3-Wizard Tower or Acropolis of Heroes 4-Lake (1-3 Ordinary, 4 Boiling Flood, 5 Necrotic Ooze, 6 “River” of Light) 5-Building or Ruin 6-Mysterious Forest (1-2 Venom Thicket, 3 Abyssal Wood, 5 Fungus Forest, 5-6 Wildwood) 7-Ordinary Forest 8-Hill (1-4 ordinary, 5-6 Scree Slope) 9-River (1-4 ordinary, 5 Raging Torrent, 6 River of Light) 10-Mysterious Marsh (1-3 ordinary, 4 Khemrian Quicksand, 5 Earthblood Mere, 6 Mist-wreathed Swamp) 11-Obstacle (1-3 Fence, 4-5 Wall, 6 Blessed Bulwark) 12-Sinister Structure (1-2 Sinister Statue, 3-4 Banestone, 5-6 Charnel Pit) I have a couple tropical trees that can designate a forest when placed on a generic base, but I've arbitrarily decided to do buildings first. I figure there'd be two types of buildings in the Lustrian jungle that would make up the niche of prominently intact building. Skink Huts and Watch Towers. I figured a Skink Hut would just be a thatched hut on stilts with a rope latter. The huts are at strategic intervals so Skink patrols don't have to sleep on the ground while away from the city (at least not EVERY night). Also a good place to store supplies. The stilts are to keep heavy rains from washing away and to keep the smaller biting predators away from the Skinks while they sleep. Figured a miniature Pringles can is about the right size and shape. Step One: Eat the potato chips Step Two: Strip the shiny coating to remove potato chip smell and so glue doesn't slide off Step Three attach legs. Note, no floor, of the hut. That won't be visible on the finished product and no floor allows a greater surface area to glue the legs on. They shouldn't come loose barring someone deliberately pulling on the legs. See, from this angle, you can't tell it has no floor. Step four is to paint the cans light brown so the red doesn't show through. I don't have a photo of that yet which is fine because it's a really lousy paint job that's going to be 99% covered up. Step five is to make a slightly slanted roof out of popsickle sticks. (not done yet) Step Six, paint the exposed wooden parts. Step Seven, apply the burlap (lower right) to be the main texture of the walls. Step 7.5 Distinguish a door flap somehow. Not 100% what to do for that, probably a thicker layer of burlap with some dark paint applied to it. Step 8. Apply the fake fur (upper right) to the roof to simulate the thatch. Step 9 Make a rope ladder out of string. I'm not sure how to make a watch tower look like a Lizardmen watch tower. I don't want a pyramid shape, too bulky. Probably a square tower Not sure what kind of stone I want it look like that but that can be accomplished towards the end. First design challenge: shooting the bad guys. Arrows slits are pretty easy but given that Skinks throw Javelins you'd need more then a slit. Unless you could somehow slide them out like a modified murder hole. I know 90% of the time I occupy a building with Lizardmen I choose javelin Skinks. So I'd like to figure out how to design a stone tower that can make this look logical. Second design challenge: the entrance: Lizardmen are diverse. I don't need a Slann to fit through the door. In the even a Slann wants to take up residence "in"the tower, he can float over it while minions garrison the tower. Definitely need to make the door Skink sized. Probably Saurus sized. But is Kroxigor sized doors a good idea or a waste of effort given that buildings don't require any door at all for models to occupy it? Third design challenge: Terradons. I like the idea of the top being a Terradon nest, perch, or simply landing pad, but any Terradon related junk on top would make it harder to place Slann or unit standard bearers on it in game play. Also, trees would probably be taller and make better nests. Assuming I choose to ignore paleontologists who generally believe real pterodactyls probably nested on the ground. Fourth design challenge: Where and how should I incorporate Lizardmen iconography? I like the idea of snake gargoyle/water spouts on every corner but that may be out of my skill level. Remember I make trees out of receipt tape tubes and huts out of Pringles cans. Still, my watch tower should probably be the centerpiece of my terrain collection, though I am fond of my general plan for a charnel pit: a tar pit full of dinosaur bones, elephant graveyard style.