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  • #147302
    Germy
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    Managed to do a quick terrain project after finding the stump of an old shrub in the garden.

    More details on my clubs blog for those interested in the complete process of making this into an ancient tree for the battlefield:
    http://brigademodels.co.uk/mws/blog/2020/11/23/miniature-gardening/

    Germy

     

    #147314
    Darkest Star Games
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    Nice!  I think it works better than if one had been made out of twisted wire or something.  The natural nuances just can’t be copied.

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #147320
    Germy
    Participant

    Nice! I think it works better than if one had been made out of twisted wire or something. The natural nuances just can’t be copied.

    That’s what I thought, I could not sculpt that, nor could I have created such a realistic looking paint job

    #147324
    Patrice
    Participant

    Superb! There are plenty of things in the nature.

    Thinner brambles often need to be sprayed with varnish or whatever, or at least washed with diluted glue, to prevent them from rotting slowly (even if well dry). But with a shrub as big as this it’s probably not necessary.

    http://www.argad-bzh.fr/argad/en.html
    https://www.anargader.net/

    #147362
    Germy
    Participant

    Not worried about this rotting. Given how it will be stored and used it will probably out last me
    Although lots of people claimed at the time my alien plants made out of pasta would rot, but 9 years later and they are showing no signs of decay.

    Back in 2011!

    #147366
    Patrice
    Participant

    alien plants made out of pasta

    Now that’s an idea!

    http://www.argad-bzh.fr/argad/en.html
    https://www.anargader.net/

    #147367
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Well whilst we are here, fences of spaghetti and loo roll:

    #147369
    Germy
    Participant

    People thought painting the pasta would make it wet and therefore rot. But that never happened.

    Those fences look good Mike, spaghetti not too brittle?

    #147370
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Seems ok, never dropped them though so who really knows?

    😀

    Though they did go a bit bendy with the ink wash…

    😐

    #147371
    Germy
    Participant

    Though they did go a bit bendy with the ink wash… 😐

    That’s interesting, I just spray undercoated mine and painted them as any other miniature.
    Part of one did break in a fall from about 4 feet but I’d have expected resin to chip falling like that onto a hard floor.
    Otherwise all still as the day I painted them.

    #147373
    Patrice
    Participant

    I still have these “Martian” trees, decorative coloured driftwood bought years ago. The colour seems to have faded a bit since this picture was taken (it was the original dye) I’ll have to give them a new wash…

    http://www.argad-bzh.fr/argad/en.html
    https://www.anargader.net/

    #147375
    Phil Dutré
    Participant

    Here are my treemen, also made from twigs found in the garden:

    Full story here: https://snv-ttm.blogspot.com/2018/01/oldhammer-treeman-3.html

    Tiny Tin Men Blog: http://snv-ttm.blogspot.com/
    Wargaming Mechanics Blog: http://wargaming-mechanics.blogspot.com/

    #147377
    Germy
    Participant

    Brilliant, every fantasy gamer needs to stick the sticks together, it’s like a rite of passage!

    #147378
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Amazing!!

    #147393
    Thaddeus Blanchette
    Participant

    Love this stuff! Why did I never think of that pasta idea before? I wonder if it would work in 3mm…

    That shrub stump is brilliant for 28mm!

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

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