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Chris Palmer10 Feb 2016 5:12 p.m. PST

I had this old shrubbery root sitting around the workshop for a long time. And while I always knew I wanted to make some sort of tree out of it, I was never sure exactly how I wanted to put it to use. Then I recently had the idea to use it a a piece of Frostgrave terrain, inspired by the Tree of the King that grew in Minas Tirith from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
It didn't take long to glue it to a base, build up a little mound around it, and add some gravel, to complete the project.
I can see running a scenario where the tree is the Frostgrave Tree of Magical Wisdom, with a single bloom growing at the very top (sprouted now that the city has started to thaw); and which ever wizard can get the flower gets an extra roll on the treasure tables.


I finished up another quick and easy terrain piece today. I was in the local A.C. Moore craft store this past weekend, and noticed bags of "Beach Glass" on a clearance rack for $1.00 USD. I was immediately taken by how they looked like ice. So I bought a bag. I cut an old CD into an irregular shape and then sprayed the CD with some flat white spray paint, and when it was dry, I glued an arrangement of the beach glass on to the CD using Tacky glue. I then drybrushed the glass lightly with a little white paint. Next, I painted the CD with white glue, and then sprinkled it with flocking.
For a dollar investment and less than an hour's work I'm pleased with how it turned out. I think it will make a good addition to my Frostgrave Harbor.



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Choctaw10 Feb 2016 5:13 p.m. PST

That is well done.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian10 Feb 2016 5:17 p.m. PST

thumbs up

dBerczerk10 Feb 2016 5:23 p.m. PST

What did you use to cut the old CD into the irregular shape for your ice mound? Usually they fracture on me rather than submit to smooth cuts.

53Punisher10 Feb 2016 6:06 p.m. PST

Great work there! Good ideas that turned out really well. 👍🏼

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2016 7:47 p.m. PST

They turned out nice.

Winston Smith10 Feb 2016 7:52 p.m. PST

Chris, you are a master alchemist.
I have never met anyone more adept at spinning gold from dross.

thumbs up

kallman10 Feb 2016 9:26 p.m. PST

Nice stuff and great find with the root/branch for a wind blasted old tree.

John Treadaway11 Feb 2016 3:45 a.m. PST

All good and very inspiring. I've used natural tree stuff myself in the past but the beach glass is a real find.

Well done!

John T

Chris Palmer11 Feb 2016 4:15 a.m. PST

Thank you all for the kind remarks!

dBerczerk- I used a pair of heavy duty sissors I have. I cut very slowly and in thin strips around the edge. I do get some slight shattering along the edges, but not so bad that a little filing, and some paint can't hide it. And I find some CDs worse than others.

Winston- Thank you for the glowing appraisal of my skills! :)

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Feb 2016 6:58 a.m. PST

+1 to the praise there – the beach glass in particular works brilliantly.

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut11 Feb 2016 8:19 a.m. PST

A fabulous job… I am totally stealing your ideas.

Rogues111 Feb 2016 9:31 a.m. PST

Chris, I can see somebody using that for a Game of Thrones scenario as well. Great Stuff

Ivan DBA12 Feb 2016 5:38 p.m. PST

The beach glass terrain is great! And the tree is very evocative too.

Chris Palmer13 Feb 2016 5:10 a.m. PST

Thanks for the continued comments! I'm glad you all enjoyed these pieces.

Feel free to steal the ideas! :)

Marshal Mark13 Feb 2016 6:35 a.m. PST

Both very nice ideas. I've made trees from real branches before but the root works really well. I'm going to have a look in the garden this week to see if there any suitable roots I can use. I would copy the ice idea as well if I could find some similar glass.

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