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Created: Wednesday, 09 May 2012 15:54
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Tree & Shrub Tutorial

By Animek Models

First, I've started creating the forms of the trees, here I've done 2 kind of cedars trees, a "menhir form" and some "ball form", a piece of balsa wood of 3/8 x 3/8 was use to achieve those forms, all turned on a mini lathe, and then sanded briefly.

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Then all the parts were cut with a razor blade, and each bottom and top of each pieces were sanded to finish the forms.

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Each balsa form was inserted with a glued wire, so they could be hold for the next steps, and stick into the layout.

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I applied a good coat of paint, mostly the same color than what the final tree will look.

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Then with the acrylic paint still wet (very important), I apply the tainted saw dust with a plastic spoon. And shake off the excess.

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For smaller shrubs or when you don't have time to turn a balsa piece, just use the tiny Styrofoam balls, they can be detach easily without breaking if you take your time.

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For the brown shrubs, I've mix some green, un-dye MDF and a little quantities of orange foam, the woodland scenic stuff or any equivalent, it's just that I did not have any orange powder done in my inventory.

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For the brown shrubs, I've mix some green, un-dye MDF and a little quantities of orange foam, the woodland scenic stuff or any equivalent, it's just that I did not have any orange powder done in my inventory.

 

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There you have it, all your "Field of Dreams" Shrubs, just like in the real photo.

 

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The trees were done with the same kind of MDF stain dust; I vary the tone of the green to have different level of color.

 

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For the back tree, like oak or apple tree, I've experimented with what seem to me the best mixture to work with, it hides the electric wires. I mix 4 ingredients (1. Paris plaster, 2. Water, 3.wite glue, and 4. Acrylic paint, then I apply this mud with a brush on the tree trucks, it hardens in a few hours, and make a great looking bark, I just need to paint a little over to simulate a better looking tree.

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Mixture

 

 

Courtesy of Benoit Jean of Animek Models.     logo petit2

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