I've decided to put the pods on a stalk, like in the reference image below:
Here is how they look in my scene, I'm still fiddling with them.
I'm not happy with the look of my pods, I want them to look more cinematic, I've been looking at the pods from the first scenes of Alien. I'd like to replicate them, not to introduce a Sci-Fi feel, as thats not the genre I'm going for, but a cinematic environment. I've looked at the H.R Giger book in the baseroom to get some reference. I'm going to attempt this in Maya and post my progress.
Quick test of my second scene, the point where it ends is where the Sporangium are going to be.
I've been playing around, trying to create some nice looking Sporangium pods. This is what I currently have. They don't animate too well, but I'll try and work them out tommorow. I quite like the veiny plant-look of them, but they might be a bit overdone.