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Pine tree SBS

Discussion in 'Groundwork' started by Venko, Mar 13, 2021.

  1. Venko A Fixture

    This is well known technique, but I want to share my experience-I made this for a winter diorama, but will be useful for figure bases also.
    You need first to cut asparagus pulmosis ferns and to give them a bath in glycerine to water mix 1:1, for two-three days and then leave them to dry. They will lose some of the green color, but can be painted with airbrush later. Or you can add food color green to the glycerine bath.


    Then you need wood sticks, I used barbeque sticks :), but balsa dowels are better option.
    Shaped to pointy end and then with wood filler adding bark texture with an old brush:


    Then I colored them with oils, like Van Dyke brown, Burnt umber etc.:


    Punching the sticks and then gluing the ferns to the trunk:


    For bulking, I used static grass 2mm from noch, green and dry brown-for dry branches, and homemade applicator. You can repeat the process till desired result:



    I sprinkled Noch powder snow over spray adhesive, for winter look:


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  2. 1969 A Fixture

    Impressive results, thanks for sharing.
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  3. Landrotten Highlander Well-Known Member

    Nitpicking here - looks more like a spruce than a pine.
    Having had my fun, great technique and thanks for sharing.
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  4. Venko A Fixture

    I called it "pine", because they are one family, but you are right-looks like spruce. It could pass also for fir tree I think.
    I will show different methods of making "pines", asparagus leaves is one of them :)
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  5. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Venko

    Well explained and the end result looks really good ...certainly good to see techniques which many will fine useful

    Happy benchtime

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  6. theBaron A Fixture


    See, now, LH, I thought it it was No. 1, The Larch. The...Larch.

    Beautifully done, Venko, thanks for the step-by-step!

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  7. Landrotten Highlander Well-Known Member

    Easily misinterpreted, as both Spruce and Larch have similar growth habits. However, the larch does not keep its foliiage, and hens in winter is nothing but a set of bare branches. Without the snow and in this light green colour you can claim a Larch (Larix species + variety), without the snow and a darker green you can claim a Spruce (Picea species).

    Pedantic, I know but my other passion is Bonsai, and there I am even more critical of what peopel do with their trees (and in most cases I am not impressed - even by some Professionals in the business).

    But that is another discussion entirely and can detract from the practical applicatinos that Venko has given us. Once again, thank you Venko and well done.
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  8. theBaron A Fixture

    That's why I watched "How to Recognize Different Types of Trees From Quite a Long Way Away":

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