In my recent post on making woods I got asked how I kept the foliage on the trees. Now I could have kept this knowledge to myself as it took me a lot of hard work, and many hours to perfect the technique so the trees did not defoliate on a regular basis when gaming.
However, I shall share my method of making trees using woodland scenic's excellent armatures.
Before I start you need to have the right equipment as shown below:
You will see I am using foliage clusters (not clump foliage) for this demonstration, the reason for this is the clusters are denser and don't fall apart so easily at the start. I'm using three colours for variety. As an aside clump foliage can be used but it needs a treatment ( of which I wont impart the knowledge) before use to give it similar properties to the clusters. You need a tube of SUPER GLUE GEL nothing else is really good enough believe me I have tried many different types of glue. A tin of extra strong hairspray, a can of clear matt varnish and finally the use of a hair dryer.
cover the entire branch on short stubs or down to the divide on longer branches.
Break a lump of foliage of and make some smaller chunks, make them rough.
Wrap a chunk of the foliage cluster around the branch and hold until the glue has set. DON'T GRIP TOO HARD or you will be attached to the tree.
Work one set of branches at a time from bottom to top, and work the main trunk section last.
You should end up with trees like this now, but the job is only half done. If you want this stuff to stay put then a little more effort is required.
Give your trees a really good spray with the hairspray staying about 10 to 12 inches away from the trees, this should soak into the foliage and any small pieces that are not attached will fall off at this point.
Now give them a good dry using a gentle heat from a hair dryer. It is at this point once they are dry the foliage should feel stiffer.
Repeat the hairspray and drying process again.
Finally give them a good coat of clear matt varnish and leave them to dry. They are now ready for gaming with or in my case completing the woods.
Next I use a special mix of flock and apply to the tree base and the woodland board. I leave a rough edge to the outer rim of the wood board for the flock that matches my tables.
Finally I apply flock to the outer edge to complete the woodland base.