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Hello everyone I want to make some forests that look like the bamboo forests from the house of flying daggers or crouching tiger hidden dragon, but I am stumped on how to make realistic looking bamboo. My best idea is to start with the thin coffee straws and ad leafy bits, but any help would be appreciated!
Thin coffee stirs would work, i've never thought of that. For thicker pieces, you can use skewers.
If you want to get really technical, you could use greenstuff to affix the leaves. Thin strips of GS blended into the "trunk" and then split in the center with a knife could make the "joints" that you see on bamboo trees.
The trouble with bamboo is that it grows more like grass than trees, so its going to be very dense. You would have to make several small stands, that all go together into one big copse, and then a couple of those give you your forest feel. Otherwise, it's going to be way too dense to put models in.
Go to a asian store and look for broom made from bamboo.
It will look like Harry Potter's flying broom. The tips of those would work perfectly for a bamboo grove.
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Thanks for the idea, I think I will start with a base and create removable sections of bamboo- probably using the broom if I can find one- otherwise I will green stuff the coffee straws with leave etc to make them look like the groves. On last question- what would you use for leaves? I was debating between silk flower stuff or aquarium plants
Bamboo leaves are tiny and they don't clump. I don't know what I'd use. Maybe itty-bitty scraps of green tissue-paper form a gift store? I'd like to hear the comments on this, because it's essentially "how do I make individual leaves".
To make a piece of scenery that is playable I suggest that you build rows of bamboo, rather than wide areas. That way you can place them on the table top and still move figures through them. Long rows will also be easier to store and transport, because it sounds like this scenery will be a bit fragile.
For the bambo stems you could use wooden skewers, or broom bristles - as suggested above. For the leaves, you might have to bite the bullet and cut up little pieces of green paper. Put a good Kung Fu movie DVD on and sit there for an afternoon gluing them to your bamboo stems one by one...
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What about using brass etched leaves? I would think they would be very durable for scenery used on a gaming table. It could get expensive depending on how large a grove you want to make, but the first one in the following list looks perfect for bamboo leaves:
Range - Etched Brass: foliage
I've never purchased brass etched leaves so unfortunately I don't know where to get them in the states. There is also leaf scatter from Skull Crafts, but I'd think it more trouble then its worth to get it to look like proper bamboo
Hope that helps,