For this project I used 2.5"-4" conifers from Woodland Scenics. I used 2.5-4" trees because I figured they were large enough for the scale and at 4" high they will easily fit inside a shoe box for storage. I try to plan storing all of my terrain when I make it as my early terrain pieces took up too much space to store. With huge tanks like King Tigers they look a little small. With infantry stands and most tanks they look pretty good. Unfortunately they are likely too small to represent full sized conifers in 28mm scale games. For that I would use the 4-6" conifers.
|WIP test model for scale.|
To build the stands, I used paint stir sticks from a hardware store as the base (as they were free!). I then glued the base of the Woodland Scenics trees to the bases. Next, I covered the bases in glue and then some sand. I cleaned up the trunks, bent them to position, and sprayed the whole thing with dark brown spray paint. I then drybrushed the trunks a little. To add the foliage I put hot glue over the trunk and branches and dipped the whole mess into some small pieces of clump foliage. I also based the bases using a variety of materials I had around. To seal the piece I sprayed it with Matte Medium (mixed with lots of water) and then a bit of varnish.
These trees were pretty quick to make and should provide lots of entertainment in games. I have some more trees for forests and a lake that I will put up on here soon. Thanks for visiting!