Sunday, October 18, 2009

German in the Wald

The final touch was to paint the trees with Birch stripes. These should provide a bit more cover than those giant Oaks.
I used a lot of grass tufts and leaves on these tree bases I had ear marked for figure bases. The trees are worth it though, for they will always be on the Battle board unlike many of the figures.

18 comments:

Consul said...

I'm envious! This looks like a weekend well spent!

The trees look very realistic and the warrior seems very at home there. The effort and attention to detail with the leaves etc has really paid off and you have some superb looking terrain pieces!

My Roman blog is really taking off now. Have a look at http://modelromanarmy.blogspot.com/

Take care,
Consul.

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Neat, very neat indeed :)

BigRedBat said...

They look great! Top job.

I don't suppose you have any great ideas for olive trees? I need a dozen for the Zama game. The best think I've been able to think of is scratchbuilding them from wire but that would be a big job...

Consul said...

When my Dad made our trees, he used wire and then paper mached the trunks, he got a rather effective tree-like effect! As the Olive trunks are really windy, wire would make an ideal material to sculpt that and it would give you an interesting shape.

You could always try an Olive branch or real wood?

Andrew said...

Ye gods! Tonight I painted a couple of Dark Age wood cutters to photograph with my model trees... then you post these works of art. And your trees are species-specific! My trees are just "trees." Well, you have inspired me to make improvements.

P.S. Let me know what you think of my Pilgrims. I finished them just a few days ago.

Sire Godefroy said...

Most excellent, looks almost real. You do have an eye for detail - wish I could make such convincing terrain features on my own.

Cheers
SG

Secundus said...

Thanks, the good look is really down to the product. The Sea moss is so detailed anyway that once It's flocked you have a great looking tree.

BGB, I think your idea about wire would make the best twisted Olive trees, but I would go to Silflor and buy a tub of that tree bark paste. It's pictured in the photos and was great to use. You only need to make a quick frame of wire and the paste would do the rest. You could also get some fantastic bark textures on the branches. I've only used the stuff once but I'm complete fan! It would fun and quick to use aswell you would have a grove in no time.


I love Birches, they are so familar to me being a woodland child at heart.

Secundus said...

P.S Thanks Big Red Bat for the tip off about Silflor, as you can see I haven't looked bark...I mean back.

BigRedBat said...

Hi Secundus, I'll take your advice, and add the bark to my next Antenociti order.

Silflor; a great product! Wish I had a percentage. :-)

Secundus said...

Hi Consul don't worry I've been keeping an eye on your Blog and it's looking great.

Consul said...

Thank you sir, it is an honour.
Hail Secundus!

Eli Arndt said...

Oh my. Those trees are simply lovely. They are almost too nice to play with.

-Eli

Secundus said...

The secret is storage, having a box deep enough to have them all free standing and not crushed.

Lost Legion Miniatures said...

What are you using for the autumn leaves. Very realistic, feel like going for a stroll through the woods.

Secundus said...

They are tiny 'real' leaves from a very useful company called Silflor. They produce a whole range of great details for basing with like grass tufts and Leaves. They also produce lots of doors and windows etc for scratch building projects. Google them and have a look.

inrepose said...

Love the tress. Excellent work! Stunning :)

Eli Arndt said...

I have some rather tall trees that I store in a large copy paper box (the sort found in offices).

christot said...

Fantastic work....I am inspired!..order to Silflor coming up!