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Stew art Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2020 3:57 p.m. PST

(third time trying to post, TMP can be a cranky beast sometimes, though I think I fixed the images)


I suddenly had the urge to upgrade my 28mm forest terrain. I think I got bored of painting miniatures. I wanted something that would thread the needle between pretty and functional. I out together a proof of concept piece that came out looking like this:

The process is pretty simple so I'll outline it below; just so that I don't get accused of using TMP simply to direct traffic to my blog.. : )

Cut out your bases from Hardboard or MDF or whatever material you want.

Cover the bases with ground texture (I used a mix of ballast and coffee grounds). Add anything else like rocks that will be painted later.
Prime it all black

Paint them. Dry brushing is fun and easy except when it's not.

Flock the bases and plant the trees. I tried making trees with this technique:

Prune and shape a Woodland Scenic tree armature.

Glue on poly fiber to make the canopy.

Kind hard to show in pictures, but spray glue over the poly fiber and then drizzle it with flock, it creates a nice leafy effect. Put the trees in the bases. I had some planted on the terrain and some based individually.

That's kinda it. The main take away is: if a no talent hack like me can get something that looks pretty good then anybody can, and I want to encourage others to do so.

If you are inclined for further reading, you can follow these blog links, where I go into more detail and attempt to be funny (and quite successfully I might add…)

Part one is here

Part two is here

Part Three is here


Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2020 4:37 p.m. PST

Looks good.

You can also use fine steel wool instead of the poiy, if desired.

"Less is more" in the flocking department, for more "realistic" trees.

Extrabio194716 Sep 2020 5:02 p.m. PST

Thank you, Stew. Those are marvelous tutorials. I appreciate you sharing them.


Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2020 5:45 p.m. PST

Great stuff. Thanks

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2020 6:01 p.m. PST

Very nice – I use a similar technique but mine are not so pretty – lots of good tips and thanks for sharing

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2020 6:16 p.m. PST

Thanks for checking it out. Glad y'all liked it. 😀

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2020 7:18 p.m. PST

Looks good. Thanks for posting.

Brian Smaller16 Sep 2020 8:07 p.m. PST

Awesome I have a huge stack of trees to base. This was very useful.

And as far as directing TMP traffic to your blog don't worry about it. That is a good thing. I have found so many interesting wargaming blogs because people directed me there from their TMP posts.

WarWizard Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2020 2:31 a.m. PST

Great terrain, and i really enjoyed your blog.

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2020 8:18 a.m. PST

Thanks again folks. I really do hope the posts are informative and entertaining.


Personal logo Cormac Mac Art Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2020 7:00 p.m. PST

A great way to 'seal' the trees and bases is to make a spray mixture from acrylic matte medium/pva glue/water. Maybe 1 part matte medium, 1 part glue, 5-10 parts water. A few thin layers will start to harden and hold everything in place.

I've also used frameless, washable air filters cut to size. A 2' by 3' piece runs about $10. USD

I did see that there are spray cans of oil based clear polyurethane. I may try this in the future to test it out.

These look great. Keep up the good work.

Borderguy19020 Sep 2020 3:24 p.m. PST

Very nice. Pretty pictures are always an inspiration.

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2020 9:28 a.m. PST

Thank you both!
Glad you liked it. 😀

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