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« on: 24 September 2018, 01:07:51 AM »

I'm felling a bit of an itch to get back into generating some terrain so I figure I might as well start up terrain log here.  The two current directions are for expanding and improving my 28mm Ethiopian countryside and also some LotR inspired fantasy terrain. 

Around the last turn of the century, some eucalyptus trees were imported into Ethiopia from Australia.  It turns out that for whatever reason they prospered and one of things that made an impression on my while I was in Ethiopia were all the piles of eucalyptus logs everywhere.  It certainly seemed to be one of the main construction materials used, including some scaffolding that you couldn't pay me enough to climb.

Anyway, I'm going to need some trees so how to go about it.

This guy makes some very nice gum trees out of Seafoam/Super Trees but I highly doubt they'd survive more than one battle.  It does give me something to aim for.


I guess I should make some armatures out of wire but I'm feeling a bit lazy so decided to buy some.  Here is the first test with just some clump foliage.


Main problems seem to be that it give a too dense impression of the leaves and also the clumps seem more effected by gravity than by the spray adhesive I used.  But not bad by any means.

A second test using bits torn off of a kind of 3D mesh that's for keeping leaves out of gutters.  You can see it before and after flock was added.



Since the mesh is hot glued to the armature, I think these would be quite robust.  Next step is to try and match the shape of the prototype, use smaller meshes and maybe shop for some different flock.  Also paint the bark!


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« Reply #1 on: 24 September 2018, 07:46:49 AM »

Works for me, Cookie !  Smiley

Looks rather splendid, to my eyes. ! Thumbs up

(Does the mesh for keeping leaves out of the gutter work well ? I've often thought of getting some to save one of the 'horrible' outside jobs.)

Cheers - Phil (Who's hoping the above question doesn't derail the thread, after just two posts !! )
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« Reply #2 on: 24 September 2018, 07:49:38 AM »

It works for us, it's a pain to fit, but in the long run saves all those ladder moments.

Oh, nice trees too.
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« Reply #3 on: 24 September 2018, 07:51:30 AM »

Those trees look great Cool. One of the main issues with terrain and especially trees and hedges, is balancing realism with durability on the table. I err towards the latter due to how I have to store my stuff and wanting it to last a long time with minor running repairs.
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« Reply #4 on: 24 September 2018, 08:33:44 AM »

I think the mesh tree looks great!
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« Reply #5 on: 24 September 2018, 08:43:11 AM »

Those trees look great Cool. One of the main issues with terrain and especially trees and hedges, is balancing realism with durability on the table. I err towards the latter due to how I have to store my stuff and wanting it to last a long time with minor running repairs.

I totally agree they got to be durable

Looks really good

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« Reply #6 on: 24 September 2018, 10:05:15 AM »

Odd-looking Ethiops!
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« Reply #7 on: 24 September 2018, 07:54:37 PM »


(Does the mesh for keeping leaves out of the gutter work well ? I've often thought of getting some to save one of the 'horrible' outside jobs.)


I'll have to defer to Lemmy on this since I don't actually have any gutters.   Grin

A new attempt with some of the branches snipped off, some smaller mesh bits and (in another fit of laziness) I sprayed the armature with stone texture spray.  In my defense, I don't really have any spray paint that is light colored but not actually white.

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« Reply #8 on: 24 September 2018, 08:07:07 PM »

That trunk looks very effective.
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« Reply #9 on: 24 September 2018, 08:20:27 PM »

Looks great
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« Reply #10 on: 24 September 2018, 08:53:48 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: 24 September 2018, 09:03:29 PM »

I like that, a lot.  Thumbs up

Cheers - Phil
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« Reply #12 on: 25 September 2018, 08:52:19 AM »

Very nice indeed

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« Reply #13 on: 02 October 2018, 03:57:08 PM »

Started on some fantasy stuff

A bit of GW's Goblin Town and some rock outcroppings I'm building out of foam.


Some Last Sword resin ruins have been primed.
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« Reply #14 on: 03 October 2018, 06:44:14 AM »

Looking good !!

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