This is a tutorial on "How to make Trees"
I equate adding trees to a gaming table like adding candles on a birthday cake,it just doesn't look complete without the trees.
Hope this tutorial is helpful.
The following images show examples of a number of different completed trees,they range in height from 22 cm to 9 cm and I use them for 28mm scale models but are suitable for other scales.
|Tree in Autumn|
|Tree in early Autumn|
|6 bare winter trees|
|Purchase wire from the hardware store, the wire I used is 0.09mm thick.|
|Using wire cutter, cut 8 x 44 cm lengths of wire.|
Note: the height of the trees can be varied by adjusting the lengths of the wire.
|Bend the wire in half.|
|Place a old paint brush in the middle of the wire and start twisting the wire 4 or 5 times.|
"As a side note they are many great videos that people have shared that run thru this bending process."
|Pull out the brush and separate the wire into 4 equal sections.|
|Grab 2 sections of wire and twist together about 4 or 5 times, do the same to the other 2 sections of wire, this will create 4 section each with 4 wires.|
|Separate each section of 4 wires in half and start to twist each section of wires.|
|Now you will be left with each wire extension only having 2 wires on each section. Continue to twist each of the 2 wires a numbers of times.|
|With the help of pliers pull out each loop section at the base of the wire tree, so that they lie flat on the mat.|
|using wire cutters cut each loop in the middle.|
|Twist each of the wires together.|
The tree supporting itself on the mat.
I use large mud guard washers for the base of the tree, these are much thinner and wider that standard washers.
|Superglue the tree onto the washer and leave to set.|
|First thin coat completed, allow to dry.|
|Apply another thin coat of Acrylic gap filler and allow to set.|
Next step is to reproduce the finer branches.
This is done with the use of Rubberized Horsehair and a glue gun.
(I recommend using Rubberized Horsehair as apposed to using Coco fiber as it is more robust.)
|Using a hot glue gun apply glue along the branch.|
|Pull off a piece of Horsehair and place in on-top of the glue.|
|Undercoat with Rustoleum black primer.|
|This is a tree in winter (no leaves will be added) with a more greyish look.|
|Prepare a area with your PVA glue, brush, coarse flock and plastic container to catch any excess flock|
Using a large flat brush I apply the PVA glue onto the fine brushes of the tree.
I don't use a spray can adhesive as I want to be able to control the areas, I want to attach flock on the branches.
Apply the coarse flock onto the tree, till the whole tree is covered with flock.
I then shake off the excess.
You can use different colours of flock as well,darker flock as a base, lighter coloured flock as a highlight.
|Using the back of a paint brush I separate and free up the flock so that its not a big mass, you want to create spaces between the branches and the flock.|
|Image shows the separation.|
|Coat the base with PVA glue.|
|Apply some bits of flock that were used on the tree to the base.|
|Complete the coverage of the base with fine flock to match your gaming mat.|
Allow the PVA glue to set and knock on the underside of the base a couple of times to separate any loose flock material.
I apply a generous coat of this product to fix the flock on the branches as opposed to spraing the flock with watered down PVA glue.
I recommend making one of these model holders as it makes life easier while modelling the trees. clink on the link for more info: Modelling tip #1
|Here is where I store my trees, there a number of trees missing as they are on the gaming table.|
Here are two of my gaming tables that where fought over by the US and Germans, the inclusion of trees do help add realism to the tables.