29 April 2013

A veritable forest coming soon

This will be the last post prior to making the draw tomorrow for the big give away so good luck to you all.

Over the last week or so as you may have guessed I have not been at the painting table very much, what with family, the end of the club in the old format, and helping my friend Kelly repair his house. I have had no time or energy to sit down and paint at the end of the day.

However I have done some thing and have been working on a new batch of woodlands, one thing playing the French Indian wars has taught me is you can never have enough woods. So I have been completing a project I started earlier in the year.

I got some 3mm mdf and cut out a load of rough shapes that will loosely interlock with each other to form the basis of individual copses. Top those off with some nifty tree bases and washers and I have the basis of a wood.

Here is a close up of the washer arrangement I used.
I carefully glued the washers in place and mounted a woodland scenics tree armature to each base.
Then I mixed up some filler and spread this around the outside of the washer, allowed it 24 hours to dry sanded it down and then used PVA to stick some sieved sand on it to add some texture.
After the sand had dried out came the base coat of dark brown followed by dry brushing of two lighter brown shades to complete the bases.

Next up will be to flock the bases and foliate the canopies which I shall show in a later post.

17 comments:

  1. Great work Andrew! I like the ability to remove segments of the wood while still leaving the template of the 'treeline'. These will look superb when completed.

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    1. Yes I hate the fact often trees get in the way this way they can be moved out of the way while passing through of in the area then replaced when cleared

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  2. Very nice - where did out get the mdf washer/base combos? These are like a better, home-made version of mine.

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  3. They are laser cut for me by Martin at Warbases

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  4. Yeap trees are a must for that period looking good man

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  5. This is wonderful, Andrew. I need to do the same. You can't have enough woods!

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  6. Now that is a very smart idea Andrew.

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  7. That's a cool idea. I hate doing terrain but you almost make me want to try;-)

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  8. Great job, I really like it. Now if you could just tell me how to keep the foliage glued to the trees that would be really great.

    John

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  9. great stuff Andy, had my own tree fest not long ago so my old man has enough trees to play F&IW

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  10. Looking really good so far mate. I'll be following this with interest.

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  11. I've never known how this was done, let alone by scratch building. Looking forward to seeing the canopies put on them. Take care of yourself.

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  12. Good start, always helpful to have the trees removable

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  13. Excellent, I love the washer effect!

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  14. They look excellent! A great idea with the MDF washers. Fingers crossed for the givaway tomorrow!! wink wink???

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  15. I can use this, as I'm working on my Christmas village! Thanks.

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