I posted earlier in the week about the start of the scenery building project for our new games room chez Luff.
We started with a box of unbased K&R trees, in 3 sizes and various colours. I’d also found some resin tree bases that I had bought around the same time (though I cannot for the life of me remember where – I think it was somewhere on eBay).
In session 1, we’d prepared and base-coated the bases, and during session 2, we gave them a thin black wash (which was all we could do as we were then waiting for them to dry)
Last night, during session 3, we got to do the ‘fun’ stuff, which consisted of drybrushing, flocking and attaching the trees. I’d found several packets of flock, which I though we could use. After a bit of experimentation, we actually found that a mix of flock and static grass gave a result that was most pleasing to the eye, so we then got a production line of gluing and flocking in place, and quickly finished all the bases.
The final job was to cut the wire of the trees down to size, and attached then to the bases (we’d previously ensured that all the trunks had been drilled out with a Dremel). The result was our finished forest, which contains trees suitable for both 15mm and 28m gaming.
Although the bulk of tree does hide the base somewhat, they give a very pleasing overall effect. I think we have enough trees to be going on with!
Next up are hedges and bocage. To start, we are concentrating on 15mm scale, and creating a wild hedgerow. The picture below is our half-finished prototype (apologies for the abysmal quality, I only had my blackberry on me, which has a rubbish camera)
It’s been created by taking three different colours of woodland scenics clump foliage (dark, medium and light green) and mixing them all up in a tub. This is then applied in a random fashion, via a line of thick PVA glue, to a 2cm wide wooden sticks (we were using plant labels, bought from Homebase) that had been textured with sand and painted / drybrushed. We’ve still got to add some flock/static grass around the edges, but it gives the impression of what we are going for (with thanks to Ade Deacon for giving me the idea in the first place)
We are currently looking at producing something like 10 – 12 feet of this stuff, in 6″ strips. Once this is done, we’ll be moving on to making bocage, which will be made in a similar fashion: we just have to place it on some banking, and add the odd integrated tree – more of that in a couple of weeks I think.