It seems that every time I pick up a twig or a piece of tree armature I find new ways of creating some amazing looking trees.
These are made from seafoam, also known as seamoss and super trees, whatever you want to call them they make for some of the best model tree armatures around!
As I type this blog entry those two trees are still poked into the keyboard.
The main difference with these trees is the way they have been flocked. My standard technique for adding foliage to trees has always started by adding ground foam followed by Noch leaves over the top.
One of the reason for taking this approch was due to the size of the Noch leaves package, they are only 100 grams so all in all you don't get much! I wanted it to last and that meant substituting other products as a filler.
I am very happy with my current method of making trees that can be seen in the latest tutorial... However the slight tweak that I did today has changed the way I will be making future trees.
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Basically I'm going to be doing away with adding ground foam prior to adding the Noch leaves, sure I'll be using a lot more of the Noch product but the results are certainly worth it.
When viewed from a distance the comparison with the trees that have ground foam vs the newer style trees made purely from Noch leaves isn't all that noticeable however when view close up the difference is like chalk and cheese.
If you've been following along with my videos you'll know that I like to do close up photography so it will be interesting to see how these new trees change the look of the scenes I create.
These trees will feature in the latest scenery video I'm currently filming "Realistic Scenery Vol.11"
if you're new here and want to see some of the previous videos in the Realistic Scenery series you can see the complete list here:
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You may have noticed I mentioned Noch Leaves a lot in this post, the main reason is because I have a few bags of the Noch product in my draw and that's what I've been using for most of the tree videos however there are other brands:
The only down side to Noch is they have stopped producing the Olive Green which happened to be my favorite... I'm currently waiting on a selection of the TreeMendus leaves which may take the place of Noch in the future as their range of colors is much better.
Another easy to follow tutorial on making some amazing looking trees that anybody can achieve.
The above photo shows the previous scene shown in Realistic Scenery Vol.10 however one technique that wasn't shown in that video was the creation of the great looking eucalyptus trees that can be seen in the foreground.
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Oh and did you manage to spot the koala?
That koala was 3D printed on the Anycubic Photon! It's unbelievably tiny yet still retains so much detail...
I've always found it tough to model gum trees... Mostly due to the lack of suitable materials like tree armatures however with these easy to follow techniques you'll have a paddock full of gum trees in no time!
These trees are a commercially available product from Gaugemaster called Seafoam Trees and with a little bit of pruning you can get this material to look like just about any type of tree you can think of.
In the above video I used seafoam to make gum trees which are found just about everywhere in Australia however they can be found all over the world, additionally all the steps I used to straighten the trunks, paint the branches and apply the foam will apply to all forms of tree you wish to create.
In each package you get enough small branches to make about 35 full trees and enough small offshoots to make nearly 100 small bushes. They are quite expensive to by especially here in Australia however if you live in the US a similar product which is very cheap is called Super Trees from Scenic Express.
If you're in Australia and having a tough time trying to get a similar product you could try Fine Leaf Foliage from Woodland Scenics, it is also the same product as Super Trees however it has been treated and sealed so it meets the requirements for Australian quarantine and can be found at most hobby shops selling Woodland Scenics products.
The only down side to this is any of the natural tree product like Gaugemaster Seafoam and the Woodland Scenics Fine Leaf Foliage needs to be treated before it's permitted in the country thus the price is quite expensive compared to the untreated product from the US hence why it can't be posted to Australia from the US.
Just like every other serious modeler out there, I continue to strive to make the ultimate model.
I feel like I'm getting close and my latest diorama is certainly a step in the right direction for me, my ultimate goal is not only to improve my own modeling standards but to share my techniques and methods with everyone.
Sometimes it takes a fresh pair of hands trying an age old technique to put a new spin on the method which may result in an even better technique being developed. So when others try the techniques I use they may just stumble upon an even better way of doing something, then hopefully they will share their newly developed technique and we can all collectively get better as time goes on.
If there is one thing to do on any scenery project... It's most certainly to 'Use Static Grass', this has been a game changer when it comes to creating realistic scenery so if you only make one change to the way you make model scenery it should definitely be to use a static grass applicator.
On this model I used a combination of home made 6mm static grass tufts as well as using regular 6mm static grass applied directly to the diorama and on the outer edges of the grassed areas I applied 2mm static grass using the applicator. Using varying colors and lengths makes a big difference to the overall realistic look of the scene.
TREES TREES TREES
Too often I see great looking scenery that would look so much better with just a few more trees! I've always found I add more trees than I need, then I'll go take a few away only to realise it actually looked better with all those extra trees and I'll end up adding more!
Trees can be expensive so I usually just make my own and they only cost about a $1 to make, all up this diorama has 22 trees not including the small shrub type sapling trees.
I've recently finished the paper buildings tutorial and I will be starting on the next video very soon. I get quite a number of requests to make a tutorial about paving a bitumen road across train tracks so that's what I'll be working on next.
So stay tuned and feel free to ask any questions.