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  • #102594
    JozisTinMan
    JozisTinMan
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    I did NOT originate this, but have found it useful.  Here is a step by step on how to make small-scale forests from grout sponges.  They are virtually indestructible.  Enjoy!

    http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/

    #102597
    Thaddeus Blanchette
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    Hmmm. Look far too fake, for me. Maybe if you flocked them…?

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #102629

    Thomaston
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    I’ve tried this technique but it was too uniform for my liking, I use it got clouds and it might also be good for defensive smoke.

    I didn’t paint it in the conventional way. I dip the sponge into the paint and then squeeze it out, gives a little more varied paint coverage and doesn’t use as much paint.

    Tired is enough.

    #102636
    Steelonsand
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    I’m really liking these – he makes the good point that what you are creating is the forest canopy, not individual trees……

    I think with random plucking of the foam, and differing shades of paint, you could make something to suit any ‘tiny table’ – creating a varied and interesting aspect to the terrain…. And cheap as chips, too! – I’m off to the local DIY store…

     

    #102642
    JozisTinMan
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    Thanks guys!  Flock would probably help the effect, but I don’t want them to “shed”  and am looking for durability.  Dipping in the paint would probably work great as well.  I also found my original source and his results are much better than mine, I think he was more patient and spent more time plucking to give a more random effect.

    http://warterrainaustralia.blogspot.com/2015/12/more-forests.html

     

     

     

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    #102644
    Thaddeus Blanchette
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    Yeah, that is much more random looking. However, I found that if you dip it in glue here and there, then in coarse flock, then soak the whole thing in glue and water before painting, the result is much more random looking and also nigh indestructible. More costly, however. But yeah, more and pickier plucking would make this technique look better to me.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #102645

    Thomaston
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    Maybe you could also experiment with using a heated screw driver to melt bits of the foam?

    I think your version is fine if you’re willing to make other terrain in the same abstract cartoon style. Your version might also look better if they were in more random shapes like the second photo.

    Tired is enough.

    #102680
    JozisTinMan
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    Thanks for the feedback, guys.  The rest of my terrain will be abstract as well, as I am specifically making terrain for 3mm using a hex grid.  My town sections, for example, are being made from monopoly buildings.

    I get what you are saying about irregular shapes, the first set of sponge forests I made were done that way.  Take a look at David Oram’s originals (I have added a link to my blog entry) and I think they look great.  My forests were made in the spirit of One Hour Wargames “Practical Tabletop Battles for those with Limited Time and Space”

    You are correct though, the basic technique can certainly be enhanced, hopefully, this will prove useful to someone.

    http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/

    #102779

    Thomaston
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    I did the same for my first group of buildings. I found acrylic paint don’t stick too well to the plastic used in monopoly houses. Looking forward to see how yours come out.

    Tired is enough.

    #102786
    JozisTinMan
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    I undercoated them with cheap primer and sealed them with spray sealer. I did a very, very rough paint job as I did not want to put too much effort into them.  I have a small box of nice 1/600 brigade models stuff I will field eventually, when I have the time to put into them.

    http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/

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