Looking for good trees

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Re: Looking for good trees

Post by Mushu_Green » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:36 am

I realised these would be difficult to make while we are in winter here in Québec... ^^' I'll have to wait until this spring.. sadness in my heart

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Re: Looking for good trees

Post by Oldent » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:09 pm

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The Song of Ice and Fire Trees will be available retail. I saw that the KS is mostly on time.

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Washers are OK if they are wide enough. Try oven baked clay and clay cutters. I like to texture mne with a roller. I have some tat are home made and some from Greenstuff Word. I also like an obsolete hardware fitting called a tin cap. They are wide and thin. They are hard to find because nail guns have replaced hammers in construction. Old fashioned takes too long.

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I still have some tin caps. They work well with small trees too.
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Re: Looking for good trees

Post by Rabbit Burner » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:29 am

Just took a delivery of my winter board from the first Pedion Kickstarter which I plan to run a Battle of the bulge scenario - just need to paint up my Bolt Action armies!
So I ordered a shed load of trees in Winter form.

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They look good considering they are modular and they have magnets in the bases, pretty impressed with how they look, thought they were a little small until I put some figures next to them. Now I have decided I need taller flying bases!

My only criticism are the bases are quite thick and as they can be magnetically secured they could definitely get away with a smaller base, but the bigger base means you can use them on any setup and they wont fall over!

Anyway here is the link for those interested
https://www.ecwid.com/store/pedion/

Pedion is based in Greece which is an immediate non starter for most non-Europeans.

If I had the time I go the Oldent route - those trees look amazing and you can scale them as applicable. Tempted to get a bunch of GW trees. My experience with GW kits is that they have amazing details and these days have better value for money that previous years. You just got to have the painting patience and a little skill to bring them to life :)

After painting up their Mausoleum I think I am ready to take the plunge!
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Re: Looking for good trees

Post by Running Wolf » Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:50 am

jonmilton wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:35 pm
I've gotten relatively decent looking model railroading trees off Ebay for pretty cheap. They don't hold up long term but if you want something cheap and easy that might do it for you.
Have to second that.

If you can get them cheap enough try a few experiments out. Drip one in watered down PVA (school glue) a few times (dry between applications). The same with a polyurethane.

Actually have me wonder (had the snow and ice up here recently) if extra heavy coats might be good for iced trees.

Also might try using a wire frame and paper mache the trunk and branches if you're going for the dead tree look. I've done some decent stunted/dead/winter trees that way. Just takes a few tries to get the feel for it.

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Re: Looking for good trees

Post by kitenerd » Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:54 am

i like the 'scrape the dowel for bark' trick!

I have ziterdes trees - a bit fragile but they are cheap - they really need the metal washer or they are tippy

https://www.ebay.com/i/182989060132?chn=ps

i used the deciduous ones next to my boat:

http://dwarvenforge.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=8968
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Re: Looking for good trees

Post by Oldent » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:58 am

Mushu_Green wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:22 am
Very nice !

I'll start in the upcoming days and post my results here if they are not bad haha
It just takes practice :D
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Re: Looking for good trees

Post by Mushu_Green » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:22 am

Very nice !

I'll start in the upcoming days and post my results here if they are not bad haha

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Re: Looking for good trees

Post by Oldent » Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:43 am

Mushu_Green wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:03 am
I'll try this tutorial. I think they give a really nice effect. Now to see if I can achieve the same haha

http://www.beastsofwar.com/terrain/terr ... top-trees/
I agree that is a good link.

Landrel Brown link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClCwvzT2VG4&t=700s

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You can seperate the layers before and after you shape them.

With coconut fibber
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hztif1KoJ-g

I would not use basa wood it is way to fragile for wargames.

Classic wire brush trees

PhilipStephens007 classic vidieo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5jPBzbpP4U

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My tree maker

with power tools
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur0WUSfui6E

natural matterals
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5I6qKNReuo

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Sagebrush does not grow around here I use honeysuckle and reindeer moss the exact same way.
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Re: Looking for good trees

Post by Mushu_Green » Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:03 am

I'll try this tutorial. I think they give a really nice effect. Now to see if I can achieve the same haha

http://www.beastsofwar.com/terrain/terr ... top-trees/

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Re: Looking for good trees

Post by LordDust » Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:19 am

If you want "decent looking at tabletop distance" sites like Amazon, Ebay, and Wish all have good options. Wish is by far the least expensive with varying quality as it has multiple sellers like Ebay and Amazon. It is also often rather slow shipping since most of it comes over from China.

Most will not come based unless you buy trees meant for miniature gaming, which are pricier generally. I base my trees on washers I buy in packs from hardware stores. They have a bit of heft to help keep trees upright and my glue gun attaches the trees nicely. Then I simply paint the base a bit and possibly flock it some.

Some of the model railroad tree manufacturers make ridiculously nice trees, but they are not cheap. Steer clear unless you have a phenomenal budget. There are also several techniques for making very nice trees. I have messed with it a bit and will likely make my own for the larger trees I want. If you need fruit for either the trees or your market stalls look into nail art beads. The matte ones that are not flat backed work very well and can be bought in small packs online for pretty low prices.

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