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Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2018 1:54 p.m. PST

I assume in much of the deciduous areas of the world there is an awful lot of flora around tree bases.

Here in Virginia, there are tons of ferns and low plants of all kinds in our woods. (Much of it poison ivy and the like too)

Using some plastic decorative pieces I picked up at Michael's, I decided to refurbish some old tree bases to make up some impassible or Heavy Woods pieces.

Take a look here: link

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2018 2:22 p.m. PST

That looks really great! Thanks for sharing.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2018 4:04 p.m. PST

Very nice.

Oberlindes Sol LIC16 May 2018 4:25 p.m. PST

Nice work!

gavandjosh0216 May 2018 8:20 p.m. PST

looks good

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2018 10:17 p.m. PST

Great idea. Next Michaels trip may include a shrubbery.
Mike Bunkermeister Creek
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Lonkka1Actual16 May 2018 11:54 p.m. PST

Looking great!
Solid idea to leave trunks loose for storage.

As to painting trunks brown, I just pondered why on earth most people tend to paint trunks brown when in reality they are almost anything but? Most trees tend to be gray with hints of green and perhaps a tiny bit of brown. Pines are a notable exception but the top part is almost orange.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2018 2:44 a.m. PST

Lonkka1 – you are correct – something towards gray is often better. The primary reason I did brown stumps was to match the brown tree trunks, which is how nearly all plastic manufactured trees come. If making them myself I would do a gray brown color, but here it was just a match job.

I went back and added this photo, my inspiration for the whole endeavor, so you can see that brown is passable though imperfect.


SBminisguy17 May 2018 9:55 a.m. PST

Great idea!

Walking Sailor17 May 2018 11:58 a.m. PST

I see sky above your woods. In deeper woods the canopy closes and there is no undergrowth. There is undergrowth at the edges and along paths where the sunlight penetrates. As you move into the woods the floor becomes the brown of long fallen leaves and you can see a surprisingly long way.
As visibility rules go: you can hide just inside the edge of the woods looking out, but are visible to anyone inside the woods.
Your bases are great for the edge of the woods. You have shown me the solution to a problem that I have long pondered. Thank you.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member18 May 2018 1:00 p.m. PST

Walking Sailor: "I see sky above your woods. In deeper woods the canopy closes and there is no undergrowth."

So true. Once you leave the edge of rivers and lakes and get beneath the tree canopies the rain forest gets darker and becomes less impenetrable than people think.


45thdiv03 Jul 2018 6:50 a.m. PST

That photo of the path looks like the one near my neighborhood in Herndon Virginia.

I like the outcome of you forest floor.


Cacique Caribe Inactive Member05 Jul 2018 8:20 p.m. PST

Now I want to get my hands on some of the floral bits you used there.




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