Sorry - getting all literary again! This is a quote from one of my all time favourite books - Conrad's Heart of Darkness. In it the jungle is often personnified and described in such a way as to make it a powerful and active agent within the book -
The great wall of vegetation, an exuberant and entangled mass of trunks, branches, leaves, boughs, festoons, motionless in the moonlight, was like a rioting invasion of soundless life, a rolling wave of plants, piled up, crested, ready to topple over the creek, to sweep every little man of us out of his little existence.
So what's all this got to do with little men? Well I've felt for a while that my lack of jungle scenery needs sorting out - the deciduous trees and bushs I've got will no doubt be used but on their own they're not very jungly.
A trip to Pets at Home the other day for dog food provided me with the perfect excuse to finally raid their Fish tank section! I'm not sure if this stuff is available cheaper elsewhere but £11 netted me this bunch of foliage that will be chopped up into smaller scenic bases - pictured here with some ferns and palms I picked up at Recon from a company called Minibits
However, the star buy was this tank decoration - reduced to only £4!!!
As you can possibly make out it's also hollow and the paint job on it isn't too bad at all - might get away with leaving it as is. I'll obviously have to add plenty of vegetation of course.
As for the shrine - the next consignment of blocks is nearly ready - just waiting for them to dry out completely before construction recommences. This should hopefully be enough to finish the first half of the ground floor!
I must also thank Zhu for getting the creative juices flowing with his recent musings on Amazonia and the Goddess Rigg. I now have a colour scheme for the priestesses and Rigg herself, having been a little unsatisfied with the one I've been experimenting with. If I can find a slot in the schedule I hope to get back to painting some Amazons and there's those Norsemen archers that need finishing off too...