|Tropical trees are quite easy to make, if you don't want to
For some parts of Indochina you will need areas of jungle to give the
"feel" (oh, and somewhere for the VM to hide in as well...).
An effective way to make these (in 15mm or 20mm) is to use
(the stuff covered with green plastic which you can get in DIY and
shops) to form the trunk and branches, with paper fronds:
- First, take three or four lengths of wire, about twice as
long as your
required tree height, and twist them together. This should give a
"trunk" with splayed strands at either end.
Then spread out the strands at one end, so that they lie at roughly 90
degrees to the trunk - these are the "roots" of the tree, and should be
glued to a base (cardboard, MDF, thin plywood, coin or other stiff
The strands at the other end are the branches, and should be stripped
their plastic coating (back to the "bole" of the trunk)
Take some bandage (strip type) and soak it in dilute filler/plaster
Polyfilla, Plaster of Paris, etc) then wrap this around the trunk.
Cut out some rectangles of paper, as long as the "fronds" are required
(i.e. to cover the stripped wire of the branches) and twice as wide as
necessary. Fold these in half, flatten out again, cover one half with
glue and fold back over the wire branches.
Once dry, trim the paper rectangle into a "leaf" shape, then make cuts
at a slight diagonal along either side of the central wire "spine", to
give that palm frond effect.
Spray the whole thing dark brown, then paint the fronds green,
the trunk with a lighter brown to bring out the texture, and flock the
Low-lying plants can be made as above, but without making the trunk.
try clumps of sisal string ("teased" out into thin strands) or brush
to make patches of long grass.
Lichen and other model-railway material such as static grass
of use. Some plastic aquarium plants are good for tropical
Top - Home