The Lizardmen have been known to fight all over the Warhammer world - wherever the Great Plan

has dictated their presence. However, it's in the jungles of Lustria that the hosts of Saurus and cohorts of Skink Skirmishers will see most of the action.

With that in mind creating a scenery set of jungle pieces is surprisingly easy, especially since the release of the Citadel Trees. These, along with the Jungle Plants set and the Warhammer 40,000 Trees, can be combined to create some interesting

and evocative tropical flora.

Our resident hobby maestro, Chad Mierzwa was tasked with showing us how it could be done. Chad's never one to do just as he's asked though, and so he's also made a few extra pieces of Lizardmen terrain that will complement your jungle scenery even further and turn your table top into the dense, dangerous tropical environs of Lustria.

Some of the following projects will require the use of a sharp knife. As with all hobby tools be careful when using them, the blade of a hobby knife can be extremely sharp, so use it with caution.

U You Will Need

Materials Arcane Ruins

Bamboo barbecue skewers Citadel Woods

Foam card

Hardboard (optional) Jungle Plants

Lizardmen Glyph packs Modelling sand

Static Grass

Warhammer 40,000 Trees Water Effects (optional)


Bestial Brown Camo Green

Chaos Black (paint and spray) Charadon Granite

Dark Angels Green

Fortress Grey

Goblin Green

Skull White

Graveyard Earth

Vermin Brown

Vomit Brown

All of the items that Chad used for these projects can be found in GW Hobby Centres, DIY stores, and specialist model or art shops. All of the paints are available from the Citadel Colour and Foundation ranges of paints.

Tools Hobby Knife Plastic Glue Super Glue PVAGlue Filler


The trees of Lustria are very diverse - some are vine-ridden, twisted-trunk affairs while others are even rumoured to have a malign nature.


Chad assembled the trunks from the Citadel Woods set as normal. He then placed the fronds from the Warhammer 40,000 Trees onto the branches. The fit between the two components works really well and they were easily attached with a bit of plastic glue.

Chad then started painting the trees by undercoating them with Chaos Black. The base was painted Bestial Brown, with Vomit Brown drybrushed on top. The rocky spurs were painted in the same style as the spawning pool described later (page 85). The tree trunks were basecoated with Charadon Granite, then drybrushed Graveyard Earth. A final drybrush was then applied, using a 1:1 mix of Graveyard Earth and Fortress Grey. The fronds were simply painted with Dark Angels Green, then drybrushed first with Goblin Green and then with Camo Green.

To get an overgrown look, Chad decorated the base with a few of the Jungle Plants, sticking them down with super glue. He flocked the majority of the base with Static Grass. Thinned Camo Green was also painted onto areas of the trunk and base to represent moss and lichen. 83


Like in any forest or jungle, the trees of Lustria come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. You can use any spare bits from the Jungle Plants sets to make a variety of tree types for your jungle.

... Using foam card or hardboard as a base, you can create smaller copses of jungle flora using the Jungle Plants and Warhammer 40,000 Tree sets .

... This set of jungle trees was created using exactly the same method, and painted with the same paints as described on the previous page. The obvious difference is that Chad used foliage from the Jungle Plants kit instead of the Warhammer 40,000 Tree leaves.

Jungle Plants

The ever-popular Jungle Plants kit make a welcome return this month, just in time for the Lizardmen release. They can be purchased through the usual Games Workshop Direct channels and online.

... Don't let the foliage from the Citadel Woods go to waste - with the aid of barbecue skewers you can create these tall trees.

.... These tall trees use a spongy substance call clump foliage to form the leaves, you can purchase it from specialist model shops. The monolith is from the Arcane Ruins set.



~ Top Tip

Spawning pools are immensely important to the Lizardmen, the sacred places where their race enters the world.


Chad started this project with the base from the Arcane Ruins kit. He set this onto a base of hardboard, although it doesn't necessarily need one. Chad built up the sides of the pool with thick foam card (this material is sometimes called mount board - you can find it in many art suppliers and stationery stores). Foam card is easy to cut with a sharp knife. Chad used an all-purpose filler to cover the gaps once the foam card had been stuck on.

Foam card is a very versatile material, but its foam core means that it can melt if you use superglue, plastic glue or aerosols around it. Only use PVA when gluing foam card, and always paint it by hand rather than using spray paint.


The spawning pool was then textured (see the box-out on page 87) and painted. Start with a basecoat of Vermin Brown, then give it a drybrush layer of Vomit Brown followed by a further drybrush layer using a 1:1 mix of Vomit Brown and Skull White. Finally, Chad applied watered-down Camo Green in patches to create a mossy effect and then the base was flocked with Static Grass, small Jungle Plants were placed around the pool to finish it off.

He then placed the Lizardmen glyphs around the model and made a lip for the sides of the pool out of foam core. Using a Hobby Knife, Chad weathered the foam core to create the effect of worn stone. Chad used PVA glue to cover the hardboard base with sand, which he then painted with Bestial Brown.

Lizardmen Glyph Plates

Our Ritz Packs range is full of great things that keen modellers can use

in their projects. The Lizardmen Glyph Plates are perfect for all sorts of jungle-inspired terrain and scenery pieces. 85


Lustria is full of crumbling ziggurats, disused portals and ruined monuments remnants of a fallen empire.


To make the stepped base, Chad cut a piece of foam card to the desired shape, then built it up by cutting out the same shape slightly smaller each time. He then cut out a wide channel down the centre and created a set of steps. The circle that forms the portal was marked out on a sheet of foam card using a pair of compasses and then cut it out. Chad used hardboard for the base once again.

Chad took his Hobby Knife to the structure, cutting grooves, chips and wearing down the steps to create a worn surface. He also added Lizardmen Glyph Plates to mark the structure out as once (or still) belonging to the Slann.

The model was then undercoated Chaos Black. Chad added fine sand when the undercoat was still tacky to create a rough texture. The base was also flocked with sand and Chad added some of the smaller spare branches from the Citadel Tree set - topped with the small fronds from the Warhammer 40,000 Trees - to create some undergrowth around the ruined portel.



The portal was then painted using the same colours and method as the spawning pool. The sand on the base was coated with Bestial Brown and then covered with Static Grass. This creates a muddy effect that shows through beneath the grass. Finally, small fronds from the Jungle Plants were added to the base.

Creating Texture Before Chad painted the spawning pool and portal he created a rough stone effect by sprinkling fine sand on the undercoat when the paint was still wet. When that had dried he then undercoated the model once more to seal the sand in place. 87

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