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Offline Malebolgia

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Shrubberies?
« on: February 28, 2024, 08:52:00 AM »
Hey,

I am slowly building up my Old West terrain and it's getting better and better. But the thing I am really missing is shrubs! Whenever I search for images of the old west (or when my MacOs screensaver fires up) I see a lot of green shrubs dotting the landscape. So not only cacti, but all kinds of cool bushes.
What kind of model plants do you use for these bushes? I hope to find something that looks cool, can be placed as individual bushes (so you can vary where you place them) and is not too fragile. Any tips?
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Re: Shrubberies?
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2024, 10:49:50 AM »

I use patches of rubberised horse hair which has been flocked accordingly and put on small bases.



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Re: Shrubberies?
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2024, 11:33:21 AM »
Oooh, those are excellent! I'll see if I can find these locally. Thanks!


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Re: Shrubberies?
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2024, 04:58:19 PM »
Rubberized horse hair?
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Re: Shrubberies?
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2024, 07:30:08 PM »
For sagebrush I use grey lichen that I then coat the top with Elmer's clear glue and then dust with a sage (pale gray-green) flock that I made.  I mount each piece to a 3/4 inch washer with a brown gravel base highlighted to a dusty tan and add some bunch grass, fallen log (grey and sun bleached), or other bits.
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Re: Shrubberies?
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2024, 11:00:18 PM »

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Re: Shrubberies?
« Reply #7 on: February 29, 2024, 12:28:06 PM »
Rubberized horsehair is my go to also.  Furnace filters will work but the horse hair tends to wear better.  To get the flocking or sawdust to stick have a look at clear plastidip.  It is a clear spray on rubber and it adheres and wears better than normal glues. 

Whenever I search for images of the old west (or when my MacOs screensaver fires up) I see a lot of green shrubs dotting the landscape. So not only cacti, but all kinds of cool bushes.

I grew up in Arizona and , depending on the terrain, there are more bushes than cactus.  If you search for images of Creosote bushes, sage, Palo Verde Trees and mesquite trees it will help you get some ideas.  Those bushes and trees will be a good fit from Texas to California. 

Hope that helps.
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Re: Shrubberies?
« Reply #8 on: February 29, 2024, 01:47:20 PM »
Thanks man! That's excellent tips on the plants. And for the flock I think I will use latex rubber. I have a big bottle of the stuff and it works well to stick and seal the stuff.

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Re: Shrubberies?
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2024, 02:31:38 PM »
I create my own from floral stems collected from big box craft stores (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joann, etc.), plus some commercially available saguaros.







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Re: Shrubberies?
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2024, 06:51:26 PM »
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Re: Shrubberies?
« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2024, 02:42:04 PM »
I went with Malamute's idea of rubberised horsehair and that worked perfectly. Gave me exactly what I wanted! You can find the results in this thread:

https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=143728.msg1834768#msg1834768

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Re: Shrubberies?
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2024, 10:55:59 AM »
It's all coming together very nicely, exactly the right atmosphere.