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acctingman1869 Inactive Member07 Mar 2017 9:07 a.m. PST

So, I've made some nice roads and rivers. Have a couple nice 15mm Sarissa houses painted up and I find myself totally spent on making terrain. It's a labor I'm not loving and I find myself still needing hills and trees.

Can anyone recommend an online retailer that sells some nice hills & trees combo for 15mm gaming?

Just do not want to make anymore terrain!


firebase2012 Inactive Member07 Mar 2017 9:16 a.m. PST

Model train companies sell bags of budget trees. for example busch scenics. Another good source for model trees is Ebay. Regarding ready made hills TSS Miniatures in the UK sell ready made and flocked hills. I personally have gone away from ready made hills I put old jumpers or towels under my gaming mat to get a realistic effect.Good luck.

timurilank07 Mar 2017 9:57 a.m. PST

I have replaced my all hills and wood with suitable models for DBA3 so I shall be selling the older versions.

If you are interested I can send photos of the trees and hills.

Send a note to timurilank (at) aol (dot) com with "hills and trees" in the subject line.


Jozis Tin Man Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2017 10:03 a.m. PST

I cannot speak to 15mm trees (for some reason all my stuff is 28mm or 6mm!) but if you want hills, I suggest Kallistra. You can detail them yourself to match your terrain or put them under a cloth.

Saves an ENORMOUS amount of time fiddling with cutting, carving, sanding, breathing in toxic dust, etc.

I have pictures here:

Good luck and good gaming!

acctingman1869 Inactive Member07 Mar 2017 10:13 a.m. PST

Maybe a better question is who makes hills that have trees already set up in them or have an easy setup?

whitphoto Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2017 10:52 a.m. PST

I just got a load of trees cheap from china using aliexpress. $7 USDish after shipping for 20 12cm trees

Dynaman878907 Mar 2017 12:23 p.m. PST

I use we-honest from Ebay for trees, also from China. Excellent value.

acctingman1869 Inactive Member07 Mar 2017 12:31 p.m. PST

I'm looking at Woodland Scenic trees, but I hate the clump foliage route. It never stays on regardless of what kind of glue I use (and that cement they sell for it is pure garbage).

I do NOT want to spend anymore time building terrain. I'm over it, however, there isn't much out there that's either any good or isn't super expensive.

I think I'll just buy some pre-made trees that have bases (like the WS ones) and glue them to some cheap matboard and flock it…quickly.

Guess I can't get away from building my own :)

Thanks for all the suggestions.

manchesterreg Inactive Member07 Mar 2017 1:29 p.m. PST

The Last Valley sell great trees, woods etc

Alcibiades Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2017 1:31 p.m. PST

The easiest way of modelling hills is, as Firebase suggests, done by placing towels etc. under a mat. For tree covered hills I have a bunch of trees with thumbtacks glued and textured into the base. I just place a foam hill under my cloth and stick the tree through the mat into the hill underneath. Works a charm.

zoneofcontrol07 Mar 2017 1:35 p.m. PST

I have a bunch of Woodland Scenics "Ready Made Trees – Value Pack"


Back when I bought them they were $20 USD for 38 trees. I see that they are now $34. USD

They come in 2 pieces, stump and tree. I mount the stumps on stands to help cut down the tendency to tip or be knocked over. Also allows for felling trees for a roadblock or as a result of artillery hit.

They have worn well for me. Whatever they use to adhere the clump to the armature, it has worked well. I have had a few shed some of their clump but that is always easy to repair.

acctingman1869 Inactive Member07 Mar 2017 1:53 p.m. PST


The clump foliage material is already on the tree? They come with little bases, correct?

If that's true, then I'll go that route and just base them on some sort of tile or mdf base.


dragon607 Mar 2017 2:18 p.m. PST


I have replaced my all hills and wood with suitable models for DBA3 so I shall be selling the older versions.
What is different about DBA3 hills from DBA2.2?

timurilank07 Mar 2017 2:41 p.m. PST

@ dragon6,

My earlier terrain features for the older version of DBA were big in comparison to what I now have.

I used then HO scale items.

In general the replacements are modular and require less storage, which is a big bonus.

I will be placing them for sale tomorrow morning at the Market Place.


jefritrout07 Mar 2017 3:07 p.m. PST

If you're coming to Cold Wars – TreeGirl will be selling trees Saturday morning in Wally's Basement.

zoneofcontrol08 Mar 2017 6:28 p.m. PST

Yes, the clump foliage is already fastened to the tree. No work necessary. If you have a model train store nearby you may be able to see them before buying. I bought 2 or 3 bags several years ago.

The trees come in two pieces. A stump with a hole in it and the trunk with the foliage attached to the upper limbs. The stands I use are Wargame Accessories square metal. I then line a drawer with magnetic sheet to store them.

Just a further thought… you can buy bags of scenic fruit resembling apples, oranges, etc. if you want to make some of them into orchards. You can get long, skinny metal bases from Wargame Accessories to mount them in neatly spaced rows.

In reference to Jefritrout:
bring some extra money and hit her up for some homemade cookies. (Just don't glue them to metal bases!)

CeruLucifus08 Mar 2017 11:01 p.m. PST

I bought a bag of clump foliage trees years ago that have served me well. They did shed a lot at first, so I mixed up a jar of 50/50 water/white glue and dunked them in it, letting them soak up the glue. They took days to dry but stayed hard and hardly shed at all now; it's been 10 years or something.

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