Thursday, 9 June 2016

Its been a while and Cheap Trees

Hi there chaps and chapesses

It has been a while since I have posted or it seems a while and I am finding the motivation to do the blog, post in forums, etc a little hard. This is not because of any lack of mojo on my behalf its more a matter of time. Recently, as some of you will know, I have been very busy with my "real" job and have been trying for a promotion to an Executive Officer, team leader to you and me, and I got it and I am trying to find that balance at the moment.

5x 15cm Model Mulberry Trees for Architecture Train Railway Wargame Park Scenery
Any enough of that and on to what this is all about. I have ordered some trees from an ebay shop after seeing them at Partizan when a freind of mine, Tym, brought them down and I have to say I am impressed with them. The trees are quite serviceable as is but I have added a little finishing touches to them and I think it has totally changed them for the better.

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I brought four difference tree packs ranging from the 5x 15cm Model Mulberry Trees for Architecture Train Railway Wargame Park Scenery, got to love the name, thats those above, to 10x 11cm Model Trees for Architecture Train Railway Wargame Diorama Scene Layout, to 5x 16cm Green Model Trees for Architecture Train Railway Wargame Layout Scenery to 3x Green Elm Tree Model 4.72" fit Railways Building Park Scenery Layout 1:75.

10x 11cm Model Trees for Architecture Train Railway Wargame Diorama Scene Layout
I have to firstly say for the price, 23 trees for 11 quid including postage from China, is amazing. The actual trees are for the most part made plastic with a sort of clump foliage for the leafs, well the 15cm Mulberry trees and the 16cm Green  Model Trees with the 11cm Model trees also being plastic with a strange plastic leaf clump thing, which works rather well to the Green Elm trees which is a wire frame with a netting of fine clump foliage added.

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All I did to change them as they are a little bright and plastic for my liking is to apply a browny/black wash to the whole tree, truck and leaves alike and set it to dry. I would advise sprayed the trees with cheap hair spray or varnish before hand as little clumps do fall off,

5x 16cm Green Model Trees for Architecture Train Railway Wargame Layout Scenery
Then I simple dry brushed the truck and branches with a couple of shades of light brown, I think I used a brown flesh and a tan colour, and then a couple of shades of lighter green, a light olive and a yellow green to bring out the leaves. 

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The bases dont come with any form of bases and have a simple rounded bottom to them. All I did was to cut the bottom off the rounded base and drilled a hole into the truck and attached a pin or wire to the base with hot glue and hot glued the tree to the base using the pin. Sanded and flocked as normal after.

3x Green Elm Tree Model 4.72" fit Railways Building Park Scenery Layout 1:75
The last ones I am going to talk about it the wire Green Elm Tree as they are a little different to the other trees I have got. The first difference is the truck and branches is made wire, which means they can be bent is any position you like. I have to say for Elms they really dont look like them but there are very nice trees giving that different look. As they have a wire truck fixing them to bases is a little easier by simple hammering the blunt end some it fans out a little and hot glueing it a the base.

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All in all I have to say that they are a good buy especially for the price but if you will put a little work into them to make they will look stunning and a fine addition to any battlefield. I am now off to give some more.

12 comments:

  1. Very many congratulations on the promotion Pete! Great job on the trees too, I've recently bought some myself. but haven't done anything with them yet, but feel inspired seeing these.

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  2. I really need some bigger ones like your elms. Uniform sized trees is just silly outside of an orchard.

    Your sprucing up really does make them look better. Nicely done.

    Congrats on the promotion!

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  3. I've accumulated just short of 200 of these 'Chinese' trees (in four heights) for my 15mm games and, to be honest, I've been putting off gatting stuck into them because thegreens all require work. However, your method seems a breeze by comparison to other things I've read (no point getting cheap trees if you have to virtually rebuild them etc.). SO, good man and good trees!

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  4. Nicely done, PK. They do look a bit lurid as-is, and the weathering you've applied makes them more realistic.

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  5. Congratulations, PK. And some good looking trees from where I'm sitting.

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  6. Grats on the promotion.

    I do not (as yet) know anyone who is disappointed in model trees from China. And you have improved on the basic tree making it look more realistic.

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  7. I must have above a thousand of the 3 to 5 cm trees for 6 and 10mm gaming. They are all wire wound trunks and branches and cost something like 6 to 7 GBP per hundred. They are a no brainer as far as i'm concerned. Nice job on weathering , I must try that on the smaller scale stuff.

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  8. They look great I got some similar ones myself. So do you just give it a good blast with hair spray to seal them?

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  9. Nice job on these trees, they look superb and realistic...

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  10. No brainer really, you cant fall off at that price, and a little effort. Good stuff PK. Hpe the day job settles

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  11. Your 'finishing touches' really make the trees come alive! :)

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