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I might as well stick with the Wood Elf theme and go with an "Enchanted Spring" terrain piece. i'll have some trees and rocks arround a pool with some mushrooms and ivy and moss ect. some crap like that. I havn't made my own trees before, I normally use woodland scenics, but for this I will make my own. I'll start off with twisting wire together into tree shapes and then think of something I can coat them in. I'm thinking car body filler or something then I will scratch the hell out of it with a wire brush to make it look like bark. Never tried it but i'll see how this idea goes. I'm off to go twist wire
current level of progress: COMPLETE!
Twist wire into tree shapes
Smear filler over trees
Sratch trees with a piece of hacksaw blade
Cut out a base from MDF
Arrange rocks arround tree roots
Glue down rocks and sand
Paint ground brown, paint grass areas green
Take your water making product of choice, add a tiny bit of blue dye, then pour
Glue on fake grass, fake foliage ect.
Please read through this thread for more information. For any questions regarding any further details of this project, please don't hesitate to ask.
Last edited by Roboute Guilliman; April 23rd, 2012 at 16:00.
Really interested to see how this goes, seems like a good idea.
Try applying the filler with a serrated plastic knife or a small saw blade and then texture it further when it's fully covered but still wet.
You may also want to adjust the resin/hardener ratio to reduce the set time.
You might want to also try dry-wall joint compound (cheaper in bulk dry mix.)
Last edited by Spittle72; April 10th, 2012 at 15:34.
I'm gonna try a whole heap of different teqniues to see how to get the right texture. I might even use the filler to create the shape, then glue something on to it for bark, depending on what the filler is like to work with. All I know is that I want to hold the wire frame solid so that nothing will bend
Subscribing. Sounds like a really interesting project and keen to see how it pans out.
Night gathers, and now my watch begins.
Here we go, some pics.
I made a wire frame for the tree then tried a little bit of the body filler on it. I realised how fast it sets so before doing the next bit I went outside where it is about 5 degrees celcius so that it would set slower. I smeared a heap of it all over it as fast as I could, and as it dipped off i used my trusty butter knife to scoop it off my table and smear it back on. I then twirled the tree round in my hands to stop it dripping and it started to set. then I used my butterknife to score some marks in the trunk but it wasn't going too well so I decided to just let it set fully and then I'll carve it with a scalpel or just sand it smooth or think of some other thing I can do.
this stuff dries solid as a rock, but I have been scratching the crap out of it with a piece of a hacksaw blade and its coming up good. Started a second smaller tree too. I think two trees is all I'll have, I was going to have three but to be honest I just cant be farked. It will be a big tree, a smaller tree and a big rock with an elvish symbol on it, forming an irregular triangle around the "enchanted spring"
Last edited by Roboute Guilliman; April 12th, 2012 at 11:12.
I like the quite organic way the filler stuck and ran on the armature, adds quite a bit of interest that you wouldn't otherwise get.
here's where im up to now, I cut out a base out of MDF and glued some rocks onto it from my driveway. I arranged the rocks under the trees where ever they would fit. then I base coated the trees, first black from below, then white from above so that I will get natural shading when I paint over it. Im not sure what colour to paint them, I'm thinking some kind of greyish brown. I'll test a few colours now.