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My name is Gavin McClements. I am a wargamer and family man, living in Los Gatos, which is a suburb of San Jose, CA. Building terrain is one of my favorite aspects of the wargaming hobby - in fact, lately I've become more interested in making my battlefields "pop" than in actually playing.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Making Trees - inspiration

Now that my bocage project is done, I want to make more trees to round out my table. I actually own more than I can use, but colors, man, colors! So many tables are drab...and Spring and Fall (and heck, even summer!) offer such natural beauty!

As there are more ways to make trees than there are rulesets to play in 28mm...

I did some research, as always, and finally decided that these two videos were what I wanted to replicate. The first is by an Aussie (?) who is clearly a master woodworker and into making terrain "on the cheap". The second is a more conventional project.




I made the jig from the first video for pines, and hand-twisted wire trees to replicate the second. I hope to have something to show soon.

As mentioned, there are so many other worthwhile tutorials out there - here are a few more.

This is a great option for Wargaming trees, as opposed to some of the more complex "train terrain" versions out there:
http://www.beastsofwar.com/terrain/terrainscaping-awesome-tabletop-trees/

This is a neat series about one modeler's attempt at trees
http://troubleatthemill.blogspot.com/2012/11/into-woods-part-1-bases.html
http://troubleatthemill.blogspot.com/2012/11/into-woods-part-2-undercoat-and-scatter.html
http://troubleatthemill.blogspot.com/2013/01/into-woods-part-3-foliage.html
http://troubleatthemill.blogspot.com/2013/01/into-woods-part-4-more-ways-of-sticking.html
http://troubleatthemill.blogspot.com/2013/01/into-woods-part-4-slight-digression.html
http://troubleatthemill.blogspot.com/2013/01/into-woods-part-6-another-slight.html
http://troubleatthemill.blogspot.com/2013/04/into-woods-part-7-willow-trees.html
http://troubleatthemill.blogspot.com/2013/04/into-woods-part-8-magic.html

A simpler blog:
http://paint-forge.blogspot.com/2015/04/how-to-home-made-trees.html

This link has a really cool way of making trees from aquarium plants - he wrote it for 15mm:
http://18charlie.com/15mm-trees-part-one/

This gent in the UK models for 28mm, but his scenery is gorgeous:
http://wargamingwithsilverwhistle.blogspot.com.ar/2015/05/trees-orchards-buildings.html

These guys do a cool series of How-To's - the 6mm version is featured further down:
http://www.architectsofwar.com/Howto/BigTrees.pdf

A really good option that uses steel wool (I tracked this one down after reading the one above...)
http://archive.brushthralls.com/terrain/tree-templates.html

This is more for dioramas, but the concepts are the same - and since I'm currently working on a diorama for my wife, well...
http://fantasygames.com.pl/blog/making-trees-tutorial/


And for realism over usefulness:
http://www.fcsme.org/bcarl/how_to_make_scenic_express_supertrees.htm


Some articles scaled specifically for 6mm, or for "Canpoy"-style groves:
http://www.6mmacw.com/forests.html
http://www.architectsofwar.com/Howto/forests.pdf
http://1000footgeneral.blogspot.com/2011/06/megawood.html
http://verytinywars.blogspot.com/2014/11/making-3mm-forests.html
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2 comments:

  1. I think that first video is probably Australian in origin. There were empty jars of vegemite everywhere.

    I did a similar tree project for my 6mm ancients. The only difference is that I took a board and laid it on it'S side. I hammered a big nail Into one end. Do the same thing the guy did with the copper wire but use florist wire instead. Wrap one end around the nail and load it up with sisal string. Put the two loose ends into an electric drill. It gives the same effect without all the originality.

    The flocking bit was new to me. I tried the bare sisal string to pine tree shape and primed it and then painTed it.

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  2. I think that first video is probably Australian in origin. There were empty jars of vegemite everywhere.

    I did a similar tree project for my 6mm ancients. The only difference is that I took a board and laid it on it'S side. I hammered a big nail Into one end. Do the same thing the guy did with the copper wire but use florist wire instead. Wrap one end around the nail and load it up with sisal string. Put the two loose ends into an electric drill. It gives the same effect without all the originality.

    The flocking bit was new to me. I tried the bare sisal string to pine tree shape and primed it and then painTed it.

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