Look, I made some trees!
Sorry for the bad pictures. It’s not really worth taking more impressive pictures of single trees unless they’re standing on a nice gaming table I think.
I got the idea from my gaming buddy who made some exquisite trees for a big American Civil War game we put up for Austrian Salute 2016.
Here are a few of his trees on a gaming table we played Advanced Song of Blades and Heroes (excellent Fantasy skirmish game, you can find my review here.) on in late 2016:
It was a very fun game too. If you’re interested you can find my battle report here.
Of course, I had to have such trees as well, if only to add to my friend’s collection, because you always need many pretty trees.
So I bought a bunch of wire armatures from Austromodell as well as a box of NOCH Naturbäume:
I decided to start with eight large trees. At the beginning, I glued them to bases (large washers and milliput). I bent the armatures to look right, then gave them some tree bark texture. Then the long, arduous job of glueing tiny little branches to the trees…
Once that was done I applied PVA to the brances and used a hefty amount of freeze-dried Parsley I got from Lidl for foliage.
|Any brand will work.|
For different kinds of foliage or representing different seasons, I suggest experimenting with different kinds of dried spices. For autumn leafs you can of course just grab a few handfuls of fallen leafs, dry and crush them.
…and that’s it! They aren’t super-pretty, but once they’re on a table they’ll look just fine. I still got quite a lot of armatures of various sizes lying around, so in the end I’ll have a nice collection of trees.
Because it’s not really great having nicely painted miniatures on a table that just doesn’t look the part.
I hope that you liked this little tutorial!
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I don't think they exis-
Another great side note too, your gaming table will smell delicious. 😛
😀 Indeed. Well, for a short while.
But honestly, the parsley doesn't smell at all really.
They look great. Something I've thought of using before, but was worried that everything would go brown. What do you think?
Yeah, that's a good point, but so far neither the trees I got nor the ones my friend got got any browner. IF they do –> fudge it, it's autumn now or a very dry summer. Given how there's pretty muchno water in freeze-dried stuff, I think the only thing that can really happen any time soon would be that the leafs bleach out if exposed to the sun too much.
These trees also aren't super-resistant to transport damge of course either. Each game we got "leafs" falling off, but that's just the way things are. Either you got very pretty trees and life-like stuff, or you got the GW plasticthings or you got cheaper model railway trees (which won't last forever either).
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That's a very nice set of trees for your Fire Swamp, but where are the ROUSs?