Sunday, February 16, 2014

10mm Forests How-To

Hi all!

Well, I thought I would post a quick "how to" for the 10mm forests I just finished!

Before I get started, let me say that I stole this idea from a mixture of two places; a little bit of Architects of War, and a bit more of the fellow over at 6mm ACW (whose name I forget but who is a very nice guy!)  So if you want to see some nice forests, go check theirs out!

So... first up, get yourself some black foamboard, and cut it out in roughly the shapes you want, like this:

I angle cut the sides as recommended in one of the "how to"s I read.  I also colored them black with a black sharpie so the GLOWING white doesn't show through!

I bought three times of foliage clusters at Fall In from the Architects guys... a dark green, a mid green, and a light green, and I tore it into clumps.  Remember; height doesn't matter that much, so you can make them THIN... but try to give them a little vertical variation in depth... after all, trees don't have flat tops:)

Then, using a hot glue gun, I glued clumps first around the edges, and then I filled in the middle.  I went through a LOT of hot glue in this phase:)

I then got some nice, flat-headed 1.5 inch roofing nails.  I flocked their bases...

... and then stuck them in the base of the forests!  It took a little experimentation to get them all level... but once they were (adjusting one at a time) I glued them in with a drop of Zapgap.

I then glop-painted them with some brown cheap paint to give them a little bit of texture, and then did some horizontal lines on them with a brown-grey mix to break them up a bit.  While they might not look AMAZING in the above closeup, you don't even really SEE the trunks when you are playing... the woods are simply too short.

So!  That is my woods:)  Guys DO fit underneath, and overall I think they bring a nice feel of scale to the table!


Simon Quinton said...

Excellent they look to!

Ubique Matt said...

Great idea.

Phyllion said...

Hah, so simple! Brilliant for smaller scales

Lasgunpacker said...

Nice work, and not too difficult either... hmm, might have to knock some of these out for my game mat.