|Mapleleaf ||26 Jun 2012 8:13 p.m. PST|
Great idea dnd presented well.
An alternative for smaller scale fronds are green garbage bag ties. They already have the wire Just trim off "paper" to expose wire then use your techniques to shape,attach and paint the paper covered ends. The only difference will be smaller trees.
|dampfpanzerwagon ||27 Jun 2012 1:16 a.m. PST|
|dBerczerk||27 Jun 2012 4:20 a.m. PST|
Very inspirational! A neat addition to the terrain "bag-of-tricks."
|Volunteer ||28 Jun 2012 6:38 a.m. PST|
Great idea! They look fantastic. I am definitely going to try this.
| richarDISNEY of the RDGC ||12 Jul 2012 2:13 p.m. PST|
|ketaylor||14 Jul 2012 9:37 p.m. PST|
Thanks for the tutorial . As I have tried this , And it works out great .
|Lorimer ||22 Jul 2012 6:15 p.m. PST|
You can also do this with silk leaves from a craft store and long green wire (also from craft store. Works like a dream and is a good color.
|Timmo uk ||04 Aug 2012 5:55 a.m. PST|
I liked your tutorial and particularly the use of the pipe cleaner.
I've tried using silk leaves and florists wire as Lorimer suggests, cutting into the leaves using a fine pointed pair of sharp scissors designed for those who tie fishing flies. I think it's a great method and one worth considering as it saves some painting.
| Dervel ||04 Aug 2012 6:12 a.m. PST|
Well, I have not tried the floral leaves
I will have to give it a try.
Glad to see that this has generated some good idea exchanges :)
|Gabriel Landowski ||06 Aug 2012 9:32 a.m. PST|
I have a 50 pack of razor blades, which means you can make a razor "rake" by placing thin pieces of cardboard (whatever thickness you want for your frond strips) in between and then wrap some masking tape around the stack in order to handle. Offset the blades so you can still place the tips along the center of the fond, but allows you to cut at a 30o angle uniformly down the leaf. Takes a little time, but once you start shredding the silk leaves from the craft store in less than 5 seconds per leaf you'll be glad you did it.
You can mount the shredded leaf on wire as in the example, but stick them into the tops of cone cones which have been chewed down by squirrels – take a look around the base of large pine trees and I'm sure you'll find some. They make great palm tree stalks.
I mounted mine on fender washers and let the sand/PVA glue mix break up the perfect circle of the base.
|dglennjr||06 Aug 2012 10:56 a.m. PST|
Great idea about the stack fo razor blades. I've got some other uses for that as well. Thanks.
|WarrenB ||19 Aug 2012 5:57 a.m. PST|
was greatly inspired by this one from the U.K.
As far away as that, eh?
Very nice article, though. Very effective results. I'll certainly keep it in mind.
|Fireymonkeyboy ||13 Oct 2012 6:05 a.m. PST|
Terrific idea. Going to pass this on to some club guys doing Vietnam.
| combatpainter ||24 Oct 2012 3:38 a.m. PST|
Great tutorial! Very nice work. I have used this method and it produces a nice result.
Granted, it is rather labor intensive. I now go with the birthday cake palm trees. They are about 30 cents each and you need not but base them and spray a bit of dullcoat to have them ready.
|Nickpes ||20 Nov 2012 5:49 a.m. PST|
Great tutorial, thank you
I will try it soon :)
|Inner Sanctum||10 Dec 2012 4:27 a.m. PST|
Fantastic idea – I swapped feathers for the shrubbery, made some great prehistoric plants. Woth trying the metallic pipe cleaners, they make a nice "prickly" stem.
|Madboris||30 Nov 2013 8:12 a.m. PST|
Great tutorial with very impressive results.
The only detail I would add for greater verisimilitude would be some way of adding the dead black leaves that droop down from under the crown canopy where it grows out of the trunk.
|CIA Games ||01 Aug 2014 4:59 p.m. PST|
Wow! How simple! Here I was going to the Aquarium store to buy some inferior looking plastic trees and I stumble upon this just in time. Excellent article and a very simple and effective way to create said trees. Thanks!
|tommy98||02 Sep 2014 4:36 p.m. PST|
Im currently building a small 4x3 Caribbean themed board to use for a pirates vs royal navy skirmish game me and a few friends came up with i made some palm trees by twisting wire and wrapping it in string to make the trunk and using thin pieces of cloth for the leaves they look okay but i think I'll make some using this method to give some variety to the table if anyone has any suggestions on any other terrain for this type of thing it would be great to hear them. Thanks