Growing on the dry plains, the Cinderbud produces distinctive reddish-purple buds
containing a highly flammable sap. These can trigger devastating bush-fires which
carry the plant's seeds high into the air, distributing them miles from the parent plant.
The fire destroys competing vegetation and the parent Cinderbud can then regenerate
itself from its extensive underground root.
Sci-fi games are ideal for use 'interactive' scenery, which can
present a particular opportunity or threat to the players. These
were inspired by plants in the excellent Iain Banks novel 'Player
of Games', which in that case were tall trees. The concept of an
explosive plant makes a great addition to the game, with the wind
direction becoming a vital tactical factor given the prospect of
an advancing bush-fire.
The Arid scenery I made for Colonial Africa also makes the ideal
basis for sci-fi terrain. The basic range of bases is spiced up by
the addition of some more exotic pieces in a matching style.
The 'buds' are seed cases from a plant known as Love in the Mist
can be commonly found in florists. A bunch of 50 or so heads from a discount home
furnishing warehouse only cost about £1, making them extremely good value. Not
only that, but they were coloured exactly as shown - no painting required. Stick
them down to a standard Arid base using PVA.