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Baranovich20 May 2018 5:09 p.m. PST

Since I bought Star Wars Legion back in March, I've been working on terrain to satisfy three basic, classic environments: Forest/green hilly(Endor or generic green environment), snow(Hoth), and desert(Tatooine).

I have most of the three fulfilled, however for forests I really wanted to do some proper taller forests in the hopes of at least getting some feel of an Endor-type forest or at least taller than usual pine trees for a tabletop. The giant redwoods seen on Endor are something that in 35mm scale you could really only do the bottom third of fourth of the tree trunks as a terrain feature, the full trees would literally be six feet tall to be in scale with a 35mm scale table.

So instead I settled on doing some distinct, tall pines that were maybe 12"-18" to suggest an Endor-type forest if not the whole thing in its full glory.

I got this technique from a brilliant fellow on Youtube called "Sorastro's Painting". He does a whole tutorial for making this type of forest, link here:

YouTube link

I deviated from the tutorial a bit by using some hard PVC plastic bases in combination with insulation foam. I glued the foam to the plastic with liquid nails, and used a combination of super glue and wood glue to attach the dowel tree trunks to the bases. I used super glue to attach the rocks to the PVC bases, and then used wood glue to attach the rocks to the foam bases.

For the actual foliage, the structures are made from a sheet of rubberized horse hair cut into circles and then glued to barbecue skewers with Gorilla Glue spray adhesive. The flock is Scenic Express medium green(Spring Green maybe?) foam flock.

My progress pics, with the first pic. showing Sorastro's completed forest, hopefully mine will come out close to that!:






clifblkskull Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2018 7:51 p.m. PST

Very cool

Baranovich22 May 2018 8:22 a.m. PST

Progress pics. The dowels had vertical holes drilled into them at the top and the skewers were inserted and glued into the holes. The bases were textured with a mixture of acrylic gesso, modeling sand, and wood glue.

I ended up producing 16 individual trees spread over six bases. Because of storage and space limitations this is all I can practically make for this project. It's a good amount though for 4 x 6 board for a skirmish-type game like Star Wars: Legion. It's also enough pieces to do a nice-sized forest for a fantasy skirmish or mass-battle game. If you wanted to do a more extensive forest that covers more or most of the table I would think you'd probably need to at least double what I did and have about 35 or so trees spread over twelve or more bases.


Couple more pics:


Xintao23 May 2018 10:18 a.m. PST

Very cool. Reminds me of a game I wanted to run at a convention, Ewok Hunt!

Borderguy19024 May 2018 5:16 a.m. PST

Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

Xin- that sounds like a fun game. Stormtroopers out bagging Ewoks? An extinction event? :)

LostPict Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2018 11:39 a.m. PST

Those look nice and I plan to make some of these. I also ordered some bark texture wall paper off eBay (Anaglypta Bark) to adhere to shipping tubes to make the large diameter trees. I figured I would need about 30+ of these for a 3x6 board.

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