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Offline Duke Donald

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Generic terrain: scratch built tree
« on: April 15, 2018, 02:24:36 PM »
I realised I needed more terrain pieces. I decided to build some fairly generic, yet hopefully attractive pieces. The rationale is to be build a set of pieces that should be useable for essentially any genre or period from antiquity to near future.

I started with a tree.


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Re: Generic terrain: scratch built tree
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2018, 05:27:28 PM »
Thanks Codsticker!

I started working on the next one.


Offline OSHIROmodels

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Re: Generic terrain: scratch built tree
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2018, 06:14:16 PM »
Looking good  :)

I would suggest a little more foliage at the top of the first one though.

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Re: Generic terrain: scratch built tree
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2018, 06:58:48 PM »
Looking good  :)

I would suggest a little more foliage at the top of the first one though.

I felt something didn't look quite right bit I couldn't put the finger on the problem. You nailed it. I added a few clumps on the top and it looks far more natural. Thanks a lot! It's fantastic to get advice from professional model makers.


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Re: Generic terrain: scratch built tree
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2018, 07:21:32 PM »
Yes, that does the job  8)

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Re: Generic terrain: scratch built tree
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2018, 02:06:04 AM »
Thought it was a wire wrap armature.  Curious how you got the trunk texture?

Another way to jazz up a tree is to do each of the following: from the bottom, spray a darker color of green to enhance the shadows and - then - from the top, spray a lighter, greenish-yellow works, color to enhance the highlights. 

If you don't trust using a dash of paint (floral paint would be best option, less chance of overly dense coverage), then you can use a cheap brand of hairspray and some lighter and darker bits of flocking to achieve the same effect.  WARNING: use completely unscented hairspray.  That scent lasts for decades.  Believe me, I know (old college years art work that still emanates a hint of the hairspray fixative).