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Author Topic: Dr Mathias's Arboreal Extravaganza - Alien Forest - Jan. 2020  (Read 179407 times)

Offline Mitch K

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Re: Dr Mathias's Arboreal Extravaganza - Gnarly Old Tree Added 5/10/13
« Reply #75 on: June 14, 2013, 09:37:42 AM »

If someone wanted to go nuts with preservation, a little solution of Preventol would probably kill any molds and mildews that might develop. I added that to my Oregano mix once, used too much glycerin (and probably too much Preventol) and the leaves were wet after laying out for several days. I ended up drying them on a baking sheet in the oven and I think I gassed myself.

Being a mad scientist is rough :)

An old flytyer's trick to keep insects and moulds at bay is to give all the materials a rinse in borax solution. I used to use borax as a tanning / drying agent for skins and feathers and never lost anything to insect infestation. For flytyers this can be an absolute menace. One good brood of dermestids will gnaw its way through hundreds of pounds worth of feathers in a very short time.

Note it has to be REAL borax, not this "borax substitute" gubbins you see sold nowadays.

Another possible solution is to use urinal cubes - these contain dichlorobenzene, which will keep insects away. Along with people, when your terrain smells like a public khasi. ;)

Although it might be in keeping for some of the modern police-type games. Very "The Sweeney"! lol
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Re: Dr Mathias's Arboreal Extravaganza - Gnarly Old Tree Added 5/10/13
« Reply #76 on: June 14, 2013, 01:09:11 PM »
Interesting Mitch, thanks!

Funny enough I realized just a few days ago that I've never put a toilet/WC in any of the buildings I've made, from any era. Urinal cubes would be very out of place  lol
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Re: Dr Mathias's Arboreal Extravaganza - Gnarly Old Tree Added 5/10/13
« Reply #77 on: June 14, 2013, 01:38:46 PM »
Interesting Mitch, thanks!

Funny enough I realized just a few days ago that I've never put a toilet/WC in any of the buildings I've made, from any era. Urinal cubes would be very out of place  lol

Now you come to mention it, neither have I!
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There is one tiny outhouse that may qualify, but no full size buildings with one.
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Re: Dr Mathias's Arboreal Extravaganza - Gnarly Old Tree Added 5/10/13
« Reply #78 on: June 14, 2013, 02:59:13 PM »
Thanks for some WONDERFULLY INSPIRING ideas! The Gnarly Old Trees have started the gears turning again...slowly, but turning nonetheless.
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Re: Dr Mathias's Arboreal Extravaganza - Gnarly Old Tree Added 5/10/13
« Reply #79 on: June 14, 2013, 03:07:45 PM »
wow... top stuff and what I'd been aiming for when I did mine from wire and tissue... still doing the foliage though

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Re: Dr Mathias's Arboreal Extravaganza - Gnarly Old Tree Added 5/10/13
« Reply #80 on: June 15, 2013, 03:45:59 AM »
Dr Mathias you're a GENIOUS!

Thanks for sharing your WONDERFUL creations and methods.

Best wishes.
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Re: Dr Mathias's Arboreal Extravaganza - Gnarly Old Tree Added 5/10/13
« Reply #81 on: June 15, 2013, 04:25:03 AM »
Very nice. Your trees are awesome.


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Re: Dr Mathias's Arboreal Extravaganza - Gnarly Old Tree Added 5/10/13
« Reply #82 on: June 24, 2013, 12:09:07 PM »
Interesting Mitch, thanks!

Funny enough I realized just a few days ago that I've never put a toilet/WC in any of the buildings I've made, from any era. Urinal cubes would be very out of place  lol
But you've got plenty of trees to do your business up against or behind, so your tin soldiers are well looked after.

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Re: Dr Mathias's Arboreal Extravaganza - Gnarly Old Tree Added 5/10/13
« Reply #83 on: June 24, 2013, 12:25:10 PM »
Damn Matt! You realle have to change the date format to the european standard ;)
Day, Month, Year. Instead of Month, Day, Zodiac, NASDAQ Rating and Year...

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Re: Dr Mathias's Arboreal Extravaganza - Gnarly Old Tree Added 5/10/13
« Reply #84 on: June 24, 2013, 02:15:27 PM »
Damn Matt! You realle have to change the date format to the european standard ;)
Day, Month, Year. Instead of Month, Day, Zodiac, NASDAQ Rating and Year...

Heh heh, okay. Will do :)
I'll start a new tutorial of some sort as penance.

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Re: Dr Mathias's Arboreal Extravaganza - Gnarly Old Tree Added 5/10/13
« Reply #85 on: June 24, 2013, 02:51:36 PM »
Heh heh, okay. Will do :)
I'll start a new tutorial of some sort as penance.
Looking forward to it lol

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Re: Dr Mathias's Arboreal Extravaganza - Gnarly Old Tree Added 5/10/13
« Reply #86 on: May 30, 2015, 07:21:23 AM »
Awesome tutorial!  Exactly what I was looking for.

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Re: Dr Mathias's Arboreal Extravaganza - Gnarly Old Tree Added 5/10/13
« Reply #87 on: May 31, 2015, 02:09:24 PM »
Seeing as this thread has been resurrected already, I must jump on the opportunity to chime in on the praise. This is top-notch terrain-building. I envy your talent for knowing how to create a sense of atmosphere and ambience with your terrain, be it that of a deep rainforest, a Japanese idyll or a gnarly old-growth temperate forest. I'm gobbling this thread up for inspiration.
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Re: Dr Mathias's Arboreal Extravaganza - Gnarly Old Tree Added 5/10/13
« Reply #88 on: May 31, 2015, 03:13:41 PM »
Thank you for the comments :)

I've been accumulating materials for the next two installments, so resurrecting the thread is a good incentive to get on it :)

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Re: Dr Mathias's Arboreal Extravaganza - Gnarly Old Tree Added 5/10/13
« Reply #89 on: May 31, 2015, 04:46:52 PM »
Sounds promising!

When I get to doing proper trees for my jungle terrain set (I'm still in the early stages of doing undergrowth at the moment) I'll be drawing on this tutorial for sure. I'm leaning toward omitting the canopies, though. My reasoning is that rainforest trees can grow very tall, and at a certain height I might as well impose a "vertical cut-off plane" on my gaming tables. Any figures that climb or fly above said plane will count as having left the table, same as if they'd moved off a table edge. Plenty of epiphytes on the trunks should keep them looking "jungly" enough. A few shorter trees with canopies and a fair deal of undergrowth should finish the look.

At some later point I might want to do a cloud forest, as well. That will mean shorter, gnarlier trees and lots of epiphytes.

 

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