What do you use for vegetation? Not just grass/long tuft grass flock type, but plants or small trees/bushes? I've been using reindeer moss/lichen, but is so springy and hard to get to stay where I want it to...anybody have a better idea?
Take a look at clump foliage, Woodland Scenics makes it and you can find it at train stores and probably Michaels or Hobby Lobby if you have one in your area. I found some at Tower Hobbies online store.
Woodland Scenics makes other products too, plus other companies make things like Static Grass or flocking, which is often applied with an applicator, but you can apply it by hand as well. Combine that with other items, like what you're using now to get variety.
Search YouTube for tutorials on this include home made flock. Hope that helps.
DM Scotty uses pencil shavings mixed with PVA glue to make grass. It gets rock-hard and when painted properly, looks really good. Painted in light brown & yellow tones you could use it as straw, for example in a prison cell. I can imagine it would work as unkempt/rough/dirty fur but I haven't tried that.
Ever since that idea I'm chronically running low in pencil shavings...
Visit your local craft stores. They sell a large variety of plastic plants. I've found some which I use for swamp plants -- they look fantastic, but they're not cheap... Spend some time perusing the plastic plants section, and see if you can't find some useful types for what you are after. I've seen several types of vines/tendrils, when they are separated from the whole. Look closely, and let your imagination free.
DM Scotty has done this in some of his videos. He used Hot Glue to attach vines and tendrils, in place. You can use Low-Temp Hot Glue (sets much faster than High-Temp...), or E6000 will work, also, but you will need to clamp them in place, until the glue sets -- about an hour? Cheers!
Plastic aquarium plants, or pieces of them, can work well, too. Look for plants with small or finely-dissected leaves. Craft store selections may include small-leaved types, but probably not the finely-dissected ones.
Skunkape and erho...thanks...but doesn't look the way it did in my mind's eye before i started it. Not that much ever does!
Plastic always just looks so...plastic lol...tried painting it and flocking, and still just not satisfied with the results... I found this online this morning...thought it looked like an interesting idea to try:
Depending upon what you want, some of the cheap trees and such from the cheap animal/dinosaur/soldier sets might be something you could use. There's several pretty good palm trees that you can remove the fronds from for some excellent ferns of differing sizes. Others can be used as is or even chopped down and used with some of the thicker sawdust/foam flocks to make some great bushes or similar.
I came across Landvaettr's Lair a while back and he does some great things. I found it for his store front series and was very impressed by his work for that. I'm planning on using his methods for creating stores and houses for my current Kingmaker campaign.
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