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 Posted: Thu Oct 30th, 2008 09:50 pm
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My previous attempts using WS armatures and clump foliage were ok, but a bit too much like plastic broccoli, so I have tried a couple of other techniques.

I really want to get my hands on some of that Sage Brush stuff, but haven't found a supplier over here yet.

In the mean time I have loads of WS armatures still so rather than admit defeat and banish them to ebay I had a go at improving them with some sea moss. This was broken off the stem in small amounts then glued on with contact adhesive. This tree is about 4.5" tall.



Whole lot then sprayed with Plasticote brown suede paint. Not as much texture as I'd hoped, but very matt.



  Next, a couple of bursts of white and black rattle can paint for some variation, toned down with more brown, then left to dry. Finally the usual spray with thin white glue and a good sprinkling of Noch Elm leaves and presto!



Not as good as a lot I've seen, but I'm quite pleased.

A bit more practice then I may attempt to model a specific species,,,

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I think that it looks pretty darn good!!


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 Posted: Fri Oct 31st, 2008 01:29 pm
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Well done Phil!!

Another example of Modeler ingenuity.

Take a so so product and making it a real head turner...cool!!

I know what you mean about the sage brush....:boohoo



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 Posted: Fri Oct 31st, 2008 04:23 pm
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Stickboy wrote:
I really want to get my hands on some of that Sage Brush stuff, but haven't found a supplier over here yet.

 

Unless you have Sage Brush in the domestic UK you probably won't ever get it from the US.  The problem is Customs not taking to kind to shipping a plant by-product.

You've done very good with what you have!!!!



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 Posted: Fri Oct 31st, 2008 05:17 pm
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Many thanks for the kind words, gentlemen!

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Unless you have Sage Brush in the domestic UK you probably won't ever get it from the US.  The problem is Customs not taking to kind to shipping a plant by-product.
That is as I suspected, and I suppose hard to argue against. What I should have done is stock up with some when I was in Indianapolis for the Motorcycle Grand Prix!

I don't know if sage brush grows here, it's a desert plant, right? There maybe a variant of it, I'll keep searching. I believe it's also called Worm wood (!)

SWMBO is fond of visiting "garden centre" type places, I'll keep my eyes open next time we go!

Phil


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Nothing wrong with those trees. Sometimes if you look in the brush hard enough you can find stuff that looks pretty close to sage brush.

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Sagebrush and wormwood are two different things if i remember correctly.

Be careful when looking around for wormwood-it may be an illegal/controlled substance. It's used to make Absinthe, which may or may not be illegal where you live.

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Very Nice job sir, Brilliant. where do u find sea moss? I too have several of the woodland scenics tree aramtures and don't want to waste them. I sat on the back patio where I can see the woods behind our house and using a mini pliers bent the heck out of the trunks and branches to match several of the trees in the woods that are close to what the trees in the kits look like. I even twisted several trunks as I noticed not all trunks are straight standing but bend and then twist around upright again so I have several unique shapes tomorrow I will try to get some photos of my trunks and post. Now I'm trying to figure out how to add branches before the lief frock, But I do like ur tree I think it looks way better than the clump foliage WS tells u to add. and as expense as WS tree trunks are I too am not willing to just toss them.

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I tried painting mine with light coats of grey and did not like how the tree looked afterword, is there a better way to paint them the grey color than just using light grey paint?
Chris

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Chris-try a light brown wash over the gray. It might add the dimension you want. Also, a bit of dry brushing white on the bark would add something. Try it and if it don't look like you want, repaint the tree. Above all, have fun.

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