I didn't make these myself. A fellow from the Tyneside Wargames Club did, and I thought them worth a mention.
Here we see three trees after a hard afternoon's offering cover to 15mm scale Napoleonic soldiers. These three stand on bases made from two-pence coins. To these (not to H.M. The Queen's face of course) are superglued long screws. Around these screws are wound lengths of stiff steel wire to create the branches. These are then glued on to the screws for extra strength. The whole lot is then painted black (dark brown might have been better). When this has dried, sponge flock is glued to the tree skeleton. The base is flocked with grass-effect flock, and the lower trunk painted brown, and the result you see here. Several glues were tried for attaching the sponge flock for the foliage, and a spray-on Evo-Stick was preferred, even though it had wicked fumes.
Here is a second type of tree. The main trunk is a long nail, glued to a tuppenny piece. Many roughly-round ragged pieces of corrugated cardboard have been torn into shape and spiked onto the nail and glued with PVA. This has created the bulk of the tree. The result was then sprayed black, and then sprayed with glue and the sponge flock added. Simple and solid.
You may notice tiny wisps of white in these photographs. These, alas, are the result of long years of games played where cotton wool has represented musket smoke. The stuff gets everywhere.
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