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nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Jun 2018 12:17 a.m. PST

I've developed a new technique that I use for making dense brambles, or thicket, as it's called in America. It's not really anything new, but a hybrid of different well known methods for making terrain. I just combined them to fit my particular need.

I've been asked to write a tutorial on how to do this for a magazine, so I'll just show some examples of the work.

These are just rudimentary pieces that have yet to be trimmed, teased or planted.

The final picture shows the unpainted armatures.

These will be terrific for the War in the South, as many, many battles were fought in the woods or on the edges of them. They will be bunched up
Once I tart these up a bit, they will look the bomb when planted! Whaddya think?

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Dynaman878927 Jun 2018 2:54 a.m. PST

Those look great. Let us know how they hold up on the game table.

historygamer27 Jun 2018 3:44 a.m. PST

They look very good.

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2018 4:16 a.m. PST

I am always looking for nice terrain stuff and this is really, REALLY(!) nice. I want some! Do let us know what mag will carry the tutorial.

23rdFusilier Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2018 4:34 a.m. PST

Very nice!

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2018 4:34 a.m. PST

Nicely done

FlyXwire27 Jun 2018 5:14 a.m. PST

Those are excellent!

Bill, I could see foliage like this being permanently attached onto the sides of model cabins, barns, out-buildings, and colonial homes too. Having them permanently attached would also protect them from handling by the overhead roof line of the model, and dress up of the structure's look, while saving time when setting up scenics for any particular scenario.

steamingdave47 Inactive Member27 Jun 2018 8:15 a.m. PST

Look OK, but here in the UK brambles (or blackberries, delicious in a pie with apples) tend to have a more horizontal growth. When the arching stems touch the ground, they root and form new plants, so you finish up with a tight network of spiny branches forming almost impenetrable clumps, some 3 to 5 feet high. Yours look a bit more like raspberry canes, which form more vertical clumps.

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member27 Jun 2018 9:16 a.m. PST

Wow, that's some really nice stuff.

nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Jun 2018 10:55 a.m. PST

steam You can make these any size you want. Just trim the bottom stems away.
Besides, not a lot of battles were fought in England during the AWI. LOL

steamingdave47 Inactive Member27 Jun 2018 11:32 a.m. PST

@nevinsrip. Actually lot of political battles fought in UK during the rebellion of the colonials (sticks tongue firmly in cheek)
My point was really that there is obviously a difference between what Americans call "brambles" and what we on this side of the pond know by the same name. Basic modelling idea is pretty sound, so wasn't meant as criticism, just observation.

nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Jun 2018 12:42 p.m. PST

Steam Over here, the woods are thick with out of control bushes, brambles or whatever you wish to call them. Many times they tower over a normal sized man. And dense as can be!

"so wasn't meant as criticism"

Yes, I get that. That's why the "LOL".

In fact, you are the second person to comment about the difference between what grows in England and what flourishes over here. The method is easily adapted to either size.

These are just the raw bushes. Once I place them on bases and terrain around them, they will be seen in a better light.

Lonkka1Actual27 Jun 2018 11:05 p.m. PST

VERY nice!

And I don't think they need to be tidied all that much; nature rarely is tidy… :)

Is it just rope strands?

nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Jun 2018 12:10 a.m. PST

I'll put something up in a day or two, on how to make these.

42flanker28 Jun 2018 1:15 p.m. PST

So, 'Briar Creek'….?

Just askin'.

nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Jun 2018 3:22 p.m. PST

Could be.

Tabletopndice10 Jul 2018 8:48 a.m. PST

Looking very nice

nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Jul 2018 11:09 a.m. PST

"Is it just rope strands?"

Yes. It's just Sisal string. You can find this type of string in various thicknesses and different compositions.
But basically, it's just any rope or hemp that you can unravel.

This is widely available in the US. Back when their were printed daily newspapers, string like this was used to tie up bundles for pick up by the Sanitation Dept., all over the country.

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