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    Cacique Caribe

    My pirates will:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157709365896792/with/48191210106/


    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/[email protected]/albums/with/72157710630529376


    Very creative work !!!


    Cool, I like them.

    Gone Fishing

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen mangroves modelled before. Very well done!

    Darkest Star Games

    That is brilliant!  I  think they work quite well.  Very well done sir.

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    Cacique Caribe

    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:

    Mats by Mars: Sunny Caribbean Tabletop Wargaming Play Mat

    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/with/72157710630529376

    Andrew Beasley

    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


    I’ve said this elsewhere Dan, but FANTASTIC WORK! Wow!

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    Answer: no!


    Those look great, thank you for sharing



    They are proper nice, and I thought my jungle scatter bases were ok until I saw these!

    Mr. Average

    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.”

    Cacique Caribe

    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/[email protected]/albums/with/72157710630529376

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