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Stalkey and Co05 Dec 2020 6:44 a.m. PST

I am working on an old-school project that is in late fall / early winter. I need a lot of paper trees for this and they need to be at least 6" tall.

I have some very nice evergreens from Peter Dennis' ACW book, but I need them without foliage. My plan is to put two together in a + shape [seen from the top] to help them stand up and have a 3-D look.

Any links or help would be appreciated.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2020 8:07 a.m. PST

Stalkey, for a deciduous tree without foliage, I'd just draw four each on two sheets of paper (both sides) and have the local print shop run them off on the stiffest card they have. That gives you 64 combinations before you repeat. Just be sure to give yourself the broadest base you can live with. Individual deciduous wargame trees--being rootless--are notoriously unstable, and paper may make it worse.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Dec 2020 8:46 a.m. PST

Alternatively, just google an image of dead tree and use that. if it's an Old School project, having them all be the same might "fit" with your aesthetic.


14Bore05 Dec 2020 12:02 p.m. PST

There are real bushes that I have taken snips of I used for trees glueing on foliage.

tima113 Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2020 6:45 p.m. PST

Worldworks games (no longer available) did simple deciduous and evergreen trees in their hinterlands sets. When assembled (from a single piece) they formed a trunk and canopy with three sides extending from the center. Looked good in my opinion and provided a 3d feel for paper. The circular base was integral so the tree was only 3-4 inches, but you could do separate bases.

Stalkey and Co05 Dec 2020 7:18 p.m. PST

hmmm, not bad ideas.

Problem is that you need a mirror image of a tree in order to be able to have a two-sided tree that folds onto itself.

UshCha06 Dec 2020 6:11 a.m. PST

I have moved on to 2D tress, just a single side 3D printed with a base, but I used to do 3D tress like you are doing but mine all had foliage. I would get the 4 diffrent types like robert piepenbrink noted, make sure you add a lot of "ground" to them all so the ground is as wide as the tree for stability. Then print and mirror them on paper with the line you mirrored on the paper. Fold the paper then slip card between and glue. Usually the mirror is sufficiently accurate it will be good for both sides. If you use a dark grey paper and card it will help, as will stop the edges showing up.

Thresher0107 Dec 2020 12:31 a.m. PST

I'd go with the twigs.

Stalkey and Co13 Dec 2020 2:47 p.m. PST

Peter Dennis made them for me.


UshCha27 Dec 2020 12:56 a.m. PST

Stalkey and Co, they are good looking treees. If he did in leaf I would be tempted to shrink them to 1/144.

Stalkey and Co31 Dec 2020 7:45 p.m. PST

he has several in leaf trees. A few are available on line.

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