Saturnismus

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Pine trees

As a Finnish infantry player you want to have as much woods as possible on the gaming table.

To ensure that there is an ample supply of trees I’ve started to make some pine trees.

I’ve decided on these since there are a lot of pine forests in Karelia and because they are quite easy to make.

Scottish pine forest in Karelia

The method i use is used by model railway builders and is quite simple.

The following materials are needed:

Thin iron wire (aprox. 0.7-1.0mm) and wooden dowels (3-5mm diameter).

Green kitchen "scrub pads".

Some type of connifer flock. (I used GF9:s.)

Various tools, glue paint etc.

  1. Start by cutting the dowels in 10-15cm lenghts. Use a very coarse sand paper to add some texture to the wooden surface.
  2. Glue the wire to the dovel.

  3. Drill 5-15 small holes (sized so that your wire just fits into them) in various places on the upper third of the dowel. Add a hole at the bottom end too.
  4. Cut 1-5cm long pieces of the wire and glue them to the holes.
  5. After the glue has dried, bend the wires so that they look more branch-shaped, and paint the branches and the upper 2/3rds of the trunk red-brown, paint to lower third grey.
  6. Rip the pad to pieces.

  7. Rip the pads into small bits and glue them to the branches. Use some reference pictures to get the right shape. A lot of the lower branches are often dead.
  8. Apply a lot pf diluted PVA glue to the pads and dip them in the flock.
  9. Add a base. (Use the hole in the bottom of the dovel to “pin” it to the base.)
  10. Done!

You should be able to do at least 5 trees per hour and the cost should be very reasonable and they also look quite nice IMHO.

Finished tree (base still needs to be based).

The real deal.

Close up.

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4 responses to “Pine trees

  1. Itchy (aka Jared) June 15, 2010 at 18:11

    Those pine trees are brilliant! Ripping up a scrubbing pad to serve as the foliage is something I never would have considered.

    These kinds of tutorials are what I live for being new to both Flames of War and the hobby in general.

    • saturnismus June 15, 2010 at 20:41

      I’m glad you find it useful, unfortunately I can’t take credit for the brilliant idea myself. 🙂

  2. Ben June 17, 2010 at 15:20

    This is cool. very resourceful

  3. Nick July 13, 2010 at 18:22

    What a brilliant and very simple idea, I’m off to the diy shop this weekend to get the bits to have a go!

    Keep up the good work.

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