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.
The method i use is used by model railway builders and is quite simple.
The following materials are needed:
Various tools, glue paint etc.
- Start by cutting the dowels in 10-15cm lenghts. Use a very coarse sand paper to add some texture to the wooden surface.
- 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.
- Cut 1-5cm long pieces of the wire and glue them to the holes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Apply a lot pf diluted PVA glue to the pads and dip them in the flock.
- Add a base. (Use the hole in the bottom of the dovel to “pin” it to the base.)
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.