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#48388
My diversified forests 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
I'm often asked where I got my trees. I am therefore showing you them here!

The first of two forests I have is composed of various deciduous trees of different heights and colors. I bought them from SAMtrees:



They are from left to right:

Row 1: 2 * 3026 (chestnut, 160 mm high, $3.63 each), 2 * 3026 (190 mm high, 16 cm, $3.66 each) & 4 * 3021 (my favorite, very elvish, I should have bought more, birch, 130 mm, $8 for pack of 4).
Row 2: 2 * 3022102 (130 mm, $2.39 each), 2 * 3022103 (130 mm, $2.49 each) & 2 * 3022101 (130 mm, $2.44 each).
Row 3: 4 * 3021105 (100 mm, $4.68 for a pack of 4), 4 * 3021104 (100 mm, Lime $6.77 for a pack of 4) & 2 * 3022103 (130 mm, $2.49 each).

The take-home message is, those trees are beautiful and cheap! Your hobby time is better spent painting minis then flocking trees in my opinion. The several heights, colors and leaf patterns makes a bunch of those trees together appear as a real chaotic forest! At about $2 per tree, they are not worth doing it yourself. Furthermore, these trees come with a plastic base in the shape of a network of roots. This is important as it makes these trees stand on their own unlike most trees sold on the internet that are designed to be pinned into Styrofoam. I bought washers at a hardware store, primed them, painted them brown, varnished them and stuck the trees on them with epoxy glue for increased stability of my forest on the gaming table.
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#48389
Re:My diversified forests 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
My second forest is composed of pine trees. I bought 35 trees from Mr Train. This set contains 35 beautiful pine trees of several different heights (10 * 2", 10 * 3", 10 * 5" & 5 * 7") for $37. This is again very cheap (about $1 per tree) and the very special mix of flocking this US-based company (for once, it does not come from China...) uses makes those trees very believable. It contains unidentified chunks that makes those trees appear real... not too clean and artificial. I bought two Sets and took a picture of one Set here:



The several tree heights, including very small trees, helps assembling a relatively believable forest. In order to have the trees standing firmly upright on the gaming table, I had to do a little more work as these trees do not come with a base. Once again, I bought washers of an appropriate size and assembled crudely on them a little mount with Super Sculpey modeling clay and pierced them so that I could fit the trunks of the trees made of twisted wires later. I then baked the Sculpey to have it solid, primed it, painted it in tones of dried up needles, varnished them and pinned the trees into them with epoxy.

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#48391
Re:My diversified forests 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
The final step of this project was to have a place to keep all those trees. It was important for me to be able to close this container as I believe the worst enemy of miniature trees over time is dust build up as you cannot really clean those trees without the risk of damaging the flocking. Second, it would have to prevent trees from bumping into each other and prevent damage. I therefore bought a big plastic box of the type movers use and stuck at the bottom many magnetic sheets to cover the whole surface. Of course, I had made sure to use a metal for the washers that would stick to magnets.

View from top:



Once the box is closed:



This way, I'm pretty sure my huge and diversified forests will look good and last me for a very long gaming time... Enjoy!
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#48392
Re:My diversified forests 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
Thanks for telling us where you found your trees!
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12x cavern ks sets
6x lava river ks set
5x lava cavern ks sets
1x wicked cavern ks set
1x stalagmite cavern set
12x hellscape #1sets
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2x resin ice cavern sets
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Hoping for more lava and ice tiles in the future!
 
#48396
Re:My diversified forests 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
Ohh, thanks for the info Biowizard - I really like the look of those trees.

I have 1 question for you...do the trees shed their flock?

I have model train trees that I based, and while they look good, they have green dandruff :P

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21 sets and counting. Seems like I never have enough!
 
#48397
Re:My diversified forests 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
erc1971,

I had the deciduous trees for about 5 years now. They had lost some flocking when I originally opened the box they were in when I received them. They have not lost any significant amount of flocking since then. I had the pine trees for about 2 years now and they still loose their flocking when manipulated. You can see that they look very good as they are, even though I sometimes have to remove lost flocking from the gaming table after use. When I received them, there was a note saying that these were overflocked to compensate for lost of flocking to come. For me, it really isn`t an issue.
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#48402
Re:My diversified forests 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
great storage method!
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#48419
Re:My diversified forests 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
Bio, you are making me guilty about leaving my tree collection exposed to dust. Yes, after about 2 years exposed they are collecting dust, but they strangely look more realistic. I still think I should cover them before they get too dusty.

Great trees!
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#48424
Re:My diversified forests 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
I recently purchased these and I love them. They flocked a tiny bit at first but stopped after the first couple of uses.

I am in the market for something besides pine trees so maybe I will give SAMS a try. Thanks for sharing.
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#48425
Re:My diversified forests 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
Awesome trees, they look really good! I'm thinking of buying a couple myself but I'm not sure that they would survive the shipment to Germany. Maybe I just give it a try. Thank you for sharing! :)
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#48435
Re:My diversified forests 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
Kronos,

They survived perfectly the shipment from China to Canada. I don't see why they would not survive shipment to Germany.
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#48436
Re:My diversified forests 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
They survived perfectly the shipment from China to Canada. I don't see why they would not survive shipment to Germany.
I'm very happy to hear that! Then it's decided, I will get me some of those! Thank you again! :)
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