01/10/2020 at 04:57 #144868
My pirates will:
As you will see in the first link, the trunks were made using scrap bits of plastic branches, and two other methods: 1) trunks made of wire and greenstuff, and 2) using thin wire coated with liquid latex.
But the tops of the trees were done using this rubberized “horsehair” material:
It takes paint exceptionally well. Best if you tease it out throughly and leave more open spaces between branches. I learned that a bit late, as I got to the flocking stage.
I’m also working on several clusters of mangrove trees without bases, so as to give the impression that they are growing directly out of the water, or that it’s high tide.
Anyway, what are YOU guys using for mangroves?
Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/9593487@N07/albums/with/7215771063052937601/10/2020 at 05:54 #144869kyoteblueParticipant
Very creative work !!!01/10/2020 at 14:14 #144903willzParticipant
Cool, I like them.01/10/2020 at 14:33 #144904Gone FishingParticipant
I’m not sure I’ve ever seen mangroves modelled before. Very well done!01/10/2020 at 14:36 #144905Darkest Star GamesParticipant
That is brilliant! I think they work quite well. Very well done sir.
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."01/10/2020 at 15:06 #144907
Thanks all so much!
I use expanded PVC sheets for my bases (3mm thick), though MDF could work also if you keep moisture to an absolute minimum. When the armatures are ready to go on the base I use either greenstuff or superglue to affix to the base. Then I apply a light coat of straight PVA and dust the base with fine tile grout. After that sets hard like cement, I use diluted PVA (50/50) to “seal” the grout in place for good. Paint, flock and spray varnish.
By the way, I even ordered this 36” x 72” vinyl mat for the mangrove islands and cays that I plan to make:
Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/9593487@N07/albums/with/7215771063052937601/10/2020 at 17:45 #144921Andrew BeasleyParticipant
You could use them in a future Water World style game and have air-boat races though I would be tempted to run a wet version of It Came From Beyond The Still…01/10/2020 at 20:05 #144924BravoSixParticipant
I’ve said this elsewhere Dan, but FANTASTIC WORK! Wow!
Fields of Fire:Reloaded - The Online Community for Vietnam Wargaming01/10/2020 at 20:21 #144925JozisTinManParticipant
Those look great, thank you for sharing
http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/01/10/2020 at 20:36 #144926MikeKeymaster02/10/2020 at 02:25 #144927Mr. AverageParticipant
Those look spectacular, and to answer the question in the post (if one imagines the Pirates in question have a gentleman’s gentleman like Wodehouse’s Jeeves), “I couldn’t advise it, sir.”06/10/2020 at 02:20 #145101
I’ve just realized that Red Beard Baron’s tips for making vineyards might be a THIRD method for making the TOPS of mangrove trees:
Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/9593487@N07/albums/with/7215771063052937622/04/2022 at 11:13 #171817
Excellent work. You could use them in a future Water World style game and have air-boat races though I would be tempted to run a wet version of It Came From Beyond The Still…
That was somewhat what I had planned initially, a flooded Post Apoc world, and then a friend sent me some really nice 15mm pirates and Amazonian Indians. Nice distraction. 🙂
Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/9593487@N07/albums/with/7215771063052937622/04/2022 at 14:43 #171828MishimaParticipant
Fantastic work, and this popped up just in perfect time, as I’m now embarking on a Rung Sat Special Zone terrain. So mangrove scenery will be needed.
Tim from Gomi Designs. 15mm Vietnam riverine. www.gomidesigns.co.uk23/04/2022 at 17:13 #171875PatriceParticipant
Nice, and very inspiring!
https://www.anargader.net/12/05/2022 at 06:54 #172805
Glad you like it. I still have quite a few others made and waiting to be painted. Then the flocking of the leaves will be last.
Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/9593487@N07/albums/with/7215771063052937614/05/2022 at 13:54 #172922Bowman StringerParticipant
great work as always. Will steal some of these ideas. I’ve been in large mangrove swamps and they are intimidating. Not only do they make landfall almost impossible but you have to worry about who is lurking just behind all that growth. Lol.17/05/2022 at 09:26 #173101
Indeed. Our mangroves in PR don’t have crocodiles but we have lots of stingrays and sharks that use the mangroves for giving birth. Some of the sharks can get quite territorial and aggressive.
The mud crabs we have are also huge. You could lose half a foot or hand if you touch the wrong spot.
I’m just glad we didn’t have crocs, like those in so many mangroves around the world:
Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/9593487@N07/albums/with/7215771063052937618/05/2022 at 15:45 #173196Deleted UserMember
I’m really liking those mangrove trees.
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