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Trees in 30 minutes!

I had an email a couple of weeks back about the trees in my games.

I know I posted a blog a few years back but thought I would do a quick one, again.

Step One – Find Trunks

I do not spend hours making wire armatures, i don’t have the time or the patience.

I am lucky enough to have a  Rhododendron (I think), my wife is the gardener. When pruned, I keep the cuttings to make tree trunks. The stem/branch has just the right look of a fully grown tree.                  

Stage Two – Help Them Stand

In my last article I glued the trunk to a large washer. Now I tend to drill the base of the trunk and glue in a nail or spear wire. They are small enough not to leave too visible a mark on the terrain tile. I just fill the drilled hole with cheap superglue and push in the wire/nail. It also helps during the construction. I normally have a piece of polystyrene sheet handy to stick them in like a production line.

Stage Three – Foliage

Get your “Rubberised Horse Hair” and cut circles out of it. Mine are normally about 3″ or 75mm in diameter but do not worry if they are not a perfect circle or 3″.  Then pull the layers that make up the Horse hair apart.

Take these de-laminated layers and glue them to the trunk. Keep adding the layers until you have a foliage you like. This is why size and shape do not matter too much.

I bought recently a brilliant rechargeable glue gun for a few pounds at a “budget” supermarket. Not having the wire really helps. It takes five minutes to charge before you can use it.

Stage Four – Leaves

What ever show I go to I look around for cheap scatter material. At the last show there was someone selling bags of home made scatter (coloured sawdust) 4 for a £1. I never worry too much about colour matching I just throw it all together for this type of use. I put all the scatter in a carrier bag inside a bin. the picture is not great but the scatter fills a Christmas sweet tin in size.

Next get some spray glue and wearing a glove on my left hand, I hold the trunk while screening the trunk from over-spray apply the glue until it foams white. I tend to only spray the tops. This leaves the underside bare and I think it looks more like branches.

I then transfer the tree to my right gloved hand to immerse in the scatter material. The fresh gloved hand stops scatter sticking to the over-sprayed glove. Shake off the excess back into the bin and you have a tree.

There you have it.

In 30 minutes I made 8 trees. I worked out the cost to be about £6 for all 8. This size of tree is usually on sale for about £10-12 pounds each at shows, so give it a go and save a fortune.

The dearest part is the Rubberised hair but I have had a 6×4 sheet from a local upholsterers, for a while now and it is still going strong. I make my trees large but  if you like smaller, then smaller trunks mean smaller diameter circles. Here are some 28mm ECW for scale with the rest of the trees.

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More Buildings – Sarissa Models

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Here are a few pictures of some models I bought to supplement my growing collection of 28mm buildings with a particular slant towards a WW2 Dad’s Army game.

having purchase a large number of buildings from Charlie Foxtrot I saw these and thought what if.

I bought 2 terraced houses, a shop and a set of dormer windows from their Gas Lamp Alley range. These are big models, in all aspects. I would probably say they are designed for the very large 28s on the market. They do look a little large when placed next to other makers kits even Sarissa’s own other ranges. They will have to form their own area in the game.

They are priced at £14.99 for the house, £19.99 for the shop and £4.99 for 2 dormer window kits. I think really good value for money.

I really like these models although there are a few little niggles. Nothing to lose sleep over but the roof I think is too shallow and on a few courses of brickwork the vertical pointing is missing. That said the detail of the sash windows and doors is great. Care must be taken as these are 1mm cardboard so I sealed them with varnish before painting as I was worried what any damp may do.

I also purchased a French Chateau for £25, an excellent kit and the value for money is great. The detail of the shutters is the best I have seen on any kits but beware that they are so thin because they are cut into cardboard! These are of a slightly smaller scale than the Gas Lamp range and will fit perfectly in with my Charlie Foxtrot kits with no problem. This will probably represent a town hall or something similar.

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Finally I also purchased what is call a Large farm House for £20. This is another good kit and I particularly like the archway.  I think this will end up being a pub or something similar. The only weak point for me with the kit is the chimneys. The pots are square! I guess for easy of production but it does let the kit down. I will probably replace with piping

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Here is their web address http://www.sarissa-precision.com/28mm_Ranges/cat1603369_2110069.aspx

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