Ten-Minute Terrain (TMT) - Simple PINE Trees

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Ten-Minute Terrain (TMT) - Simple PINE Trees

Wed May 25, 2011 12:57 am

Hey Folks,

Its been a while since I've made a TMT project, but I've learned an excellent method of making multiple pine trees with very simple items you can find at the dollar store. A gentlemann by the name of Loren creates his "Amazing Z Scale Trees" that I've borrowed heavily from. This is his process.

First get 20-24 Gauge wire and cut a foot long section and fold it in half.
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Once bent in half I put it in a power drill.
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I bought a dollar paint brush and cut the fibers off in various lengths.
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I put tacky glue on one side of wire and place the fibers on the wire.
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I lay the wire over the wire with fibers. I use pliers and hold the end and I drill the wire, which spins it and creates a tight bond with the fibers.
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Shape the tree with scissors. This is before shaping.
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Spray the tree with easy tack adhesive Image
(dollar hair-spray work fine too) and sprinkle some woodland scenics fine turf or dried, used tea leaves from a teabag. Set the tree with another blast of spray adhesive and let it dry.


I timed myself...I made three trees in ten minutes.
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I'll have a forest in an afternoon. Total cost of all items:
Paint brush: $1
24 Gauge Wire: $3
Hair spray: $1
Green Flock: $3
TOTAL: $7 for over 50 trees

That's a fraction of the cost of Woodland Scenics pine trees or Citadel Wood plastic box set and has the same durability for gaming purposes. Hope you've enjoyed the project and check out the video on youtube from where I got my inspiration here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Rf_bejdO8g

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Re: Ten-Minute Terrain (TMT) - Simple PINE Trees

Wed May 25, 2011 1:14 am

Brilliant! This ought to go in the Articles tab. :D

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Re: Ten-Minute Terrain (TMT) - Simple PINE Trees

Wed May 25, 2011 3:51 am

Works well! Although I thnk you should use a bit of green stuff for the stump and paint it brown.

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Wed May 25, 2011 6:03 am

I agree! The stumps need bulking out. Greenstuff/miliput would work well. I'm making a big batch of these trees and then focusing on finishing for table top. I should have some finished product to display tomorrow.

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Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:10 am

Awesome those look really good! Do you just stick them in a styrofoam base?
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Sat Nov 19, 2011 2:08 pm

AWE.......SOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:00 pm

Great! :D Do you know how to make Coniferous Trees?

Oops. I mean Deciduous Trees :oops:
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Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:54 am

I just realized it's been a while since I've checked my own post! :oops:

To answer questions!

@ everyone: I've gone back and added green stuff to bulk out the base of trees. Its best to do if you are going for realism. But anyone could just whipped up some quick trees that, if based in numerous clusters, the bases of trees would blend into a "dense forest" and its perfect for adding life to a bare table top or plain-ish terrain board. Essentially, with this article, you can do a lot with a little!

@hasharin: Yes, Styrofoam would be a good choice for basing. The best would be hardboard. It makes terrain pieces more durable.

@gil-galad's elves: Deciduous trees would be similar to this method, only you'd use a lot more wire to create a thick "tree trunk" and separate the wire at various lengths along the tree to make limbs. I'll make another article and post it here. It probably wont fit the TNT format (might take longer than ten minutes!) But I'll post some pictures of the process!

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Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:16 am

Post by gil-galad's elves » Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:00 pm
Great! :D Do you know how to make Coniferous Trees?

Oops. I mean Deciduous Trees :oops:

I like this link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5jPBzbp ... ature=plcp
I made the machine for the kids to use
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Link for power drill tree jig
posting.php?mode=reply&f=16&t=3686#preview
My version is on the table next to the hand powered jig
Link for hedges
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PCUS8rB ... ure=relmfu
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I cut trunks from dead fall or hedge trimmings
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You can also use twigs from the yard
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Re: Ten-Minute Terrain (TMT) - Simple PINE Trees

Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:51 pm

I like it. That's brilliant! Never thought of some deadfall and converting into deciduous trees. Gotta start looking for ideas in nature and looking at it with a creative eye!

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