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PostSubject: Trees?    Mon 28 Jun 2010 - 4:54

Ahoy!

Just been wondering what is the best and easiest way to make good looking dead trees?
More looking into how to make trees with thicker trunks, so if anyone has any tips or knows a site that tells you how that would be great Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Trees?    Mon 28 Jun 2010 - 5:49

Much as it pains me say it, the GW plastic trees look pretty good as dead trees. They look absolutely HORRIBLE with their stupid flat leaves on but without them they look pretty good!

(These were painted by zelophahad)


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PostSubject: Re: Trees?    Mon 28 Jun 2010 - 6:40

Got to agree with you there, they do like nice and I have a box if them waiting to be used at some point Smile
But I would like to make my own so I can have unique shapes and could be tangled up in things and have different thickness trees and such.

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PostSubject: Re: Trees?    Mon 28 Jun 2010 - 6:45

Sweetwater Scenery http://www.sweetwaterscenery.com/Home.htm has a line of REALLY cool & sans foliage SPOOKY trees. The trees are made from sage brush:



Cool, huh?!
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PostSubject: Re: Trees?    Mon 28 Jun 2010 - 8:36

In the US the Halloween seasonal stuff should be hitting the shelves soon, if you have a similar holiday down under?

Make your own--check out Deaf's thread in the Scenery Gallery. Wrap lots of wire together in a tree shape, cover it with something (GS, plaster, hot glue, whatever) and paint it. I prefer to use the stems for silk/plastic flowers myself but that's the material that I had the most of.
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PostSubject: Re: Trees?    Mon 28 Jun 2010 - 9:32

woodland scenics have cheap plastic tree-armatures tha ought to be nice. they are expensive to ship, though..
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PostSubject: Re: Trees?    Mon 28 Jun 2010 - 16:08

@deaf
Those are very nice, will have to have a good look thru that site when I get home.

@Von
Yep we have Halloween here, but it's not as big as it is in the usa. May have to try the wire option when I get around to tree making.

@Widgren
There's a hobby shop by me that sells those trees, not too sure if I like them as much tho, will have to have another look sometime.

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PostSubject: Re: Trees?    Tue 29 Jun 2010 - 8:35

There are usually 3 ways to go with trees.

Buy the GW trees. They are not bad a little pricey. Also they are the right scale.

Buy trees from a craft store, during the Holidays like Christmas, and Halloween they have decorations, often small villages that they sell and they often include trees. Usually the Christmas ones are covered in snow, and the Halloween ones are spooky. Also after the holidays the price goes down because they want to get rid of them. The scale can be off so you have to be careful.

The other option is to make your own. One of the guys I play with is making some out of wire and basically paper mache. They look pretty good and the materials are pretty cheap. You can make them to scale.
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PostSubject: Re: Trees?    Tue 29 Jun 2010 - 10:13

For an example, good or bad depending on ones taste or lack there of, of a home grown (groan) wire tree, you could check out one of mine here: http://boringmordheimforum.forumieren.com/scenery-f13/the-tree-god-had-the-day-off-so-i-made-one-myself-t459.htm .
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PostSubject: Re: Trees?    Tue 29 Jun 2010 - 11:46

Hey foot, maybe i can get you to start to work with plaster while you work on scenery, well, if you want to know how plastermade trees look like take a look on my scenerytopic " Spoooooky swamp terrain, there you can see some really big dead trees, made from wire and plaster. It goes like this:
First you take some wire and form the skelleton of the tree, then you take some bandage like those from a first aid kit, cut it in pices of 10 to 15 cm, then put them in almost joghurt like plaster, and then you wrap those plastersoken bandages around the skelleton of your tree.
Do this until the whole skelleton is covered by those bandages.
The last step is that you mix a fresh plaster watery like joghurt again, and then you dip the whole tree in to it, or use a cup and hale it over the tree structure bit by bit, until you think yout tree trunk is big enough.

Then wait about halve a day, then take a metallbrush, and brush a treetrunkstructure on the almost dry plaster surface, you´ll see, it works really fine, as you can see on my photos,

hope i could help a bit, cheers, floedebolle
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PostSubject: Re: Trees?    Wed 30 Jun 2010 - 2:57

http://najmita.net/index.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=1381 - few tutorials how to make trees in one topic.

http://najmita.net/index.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=998 - and about joungle trees.

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PostSubject: Re: Trees?    Wed 30 Jun 2010 - 11:57

These articles might also interest you

WIP - Hedges

and a few articles over at Terrainthralls

Here and (its not letting me post it for some reason)


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PostSubject: Re: Trees?    Wed 30 Jun 2010 - 12:02

http://www.terrainthralls.com/Tutorials%20folder/Bug's%20Tree/Bug's%20Tree.html

I give up, it keeps showing the full text for some reason.
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PostSubject: Re: Trees?    Wed 30 Jun 2010 - 12:10

One off the Guys on the Wyrd Forum, Senji, posted these UBERSPOOKY trees...proving homegrown is best; they're part of his Bayou Terrain Gaming Board:





Cool, huh?!
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PostSubject: Re: Trees?    Wed 30 Jun 2010 - 12:15

COOL!
And gives a nice plug to woodland scenics too. Chop up those boring trees!
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PostSubject: Re: Trees?    Wed 30 Jun 2010 - 12:39

Wow! Those trees are cool. What a Face

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PostSubject: Re: Trees?    Wed 30 Jun 2010 - 13:54

supernice trees, fantastic idea!
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PostSubject: Re: Trees?    Thu 1 Jul 2010 - 2:12

Very very nice find Deaf! those trees are great.

@Dwalthrim_Grimsson
Even though i cant understand a single word on that site i had alook at acouple of the cool mini or not links and found one that i was looking for! so thanks! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Trees?    Thu 1 Jul 2010 - 12:22

Those trees are pretty cool. Do you have a direct link to the post on that forum?
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PostSubject: Re: Trees?    Thu 1 Jul 2010 - 16:37

HornedRat wrote:
Those trees are pretty cool. Do you have a direct link to the post on that forum?

Sure thing; there you go: http://www.wyrd-games.net/forum/showthread.php?t=13215 . The trees appear on page three of the post.

\While you're at it check out his blog here: http://senjistudios.com/ .
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PostSubject: Re: Trees?    Fri 2 Jul 2010 - 16:01

WOW! I love the water effects on that board..the trees look so natural in it.


Well...As natural as those trees can get.
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