I've seen some talk about trees lately and I thought I would (hopefully) help and bring something to the conversation. I went image searching for some interesting trees and thought I would share what I found. This forum is filled with crafters that do nothing short of amazing work, so I thought I might add some creative spark. Hopefully, this helps someone as a reference.
First tree: The Larch
Ok, that was my Monty Python joke. I got it out of my system...almost.
First tree: The Banyan Tree
This last shot is in Lahaina, Maui, at the center square. I've been there quite a few times (even had my picture taken with my son in the hollow of this tree). This is one massive tree that grows roots that spring up and creates support beams for its long branches. Very cool tree to wander around.
We have these all over the place since we are in a rather dry climate (although I live about an hour east of San Francisco, it's like a dry Mediterranean region, which is why so many Italians moved here. My wife is part Italian and Joe DiMaggio grew up here and they are related by blood, which is cool to me since I am a baseball nerd...but I digress). Manzanita is a cool tree, rather low to the ground with this really cool blood red bark. It's in terrain called chaparral, which is just about impassable, even for druids, and rather loaded with ticks.
This last shot is taken at a park nearby called Tilden Park, it sits in the Berkeley hills, overlooking Berkeley and the campus. The hills themselves run north south, and these trees are on the east facing side (my side), which is quite dry. Cool park, though.
If you've never seen a banyan tree, there is no way to describe standing in the midst of one. It's an odd thing to be surrounded by wood and tree limbs all from the same tree, but it's taking up a whole city block.
Growing only in the most remote part of Hyrule the great deku can grow between 50-150ft tall with a diameter of roughly 65ft many creatures and insects call this tree home thanks to its almost completely hollow core which allows for great adventures for those chosen few who can enter. Also on rare occasions the face like growth can sometimes produce large bubbles from the mouth, as air escapes from its core and gathers up in the sap slowly releasing due to the saps strange elasticity, giving it the allusion of breathing.
This is a truly awesome tree and i thought y'all might like to add it to your games
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT