It's been quite a while since my last video but the drought is about to end.
In the above photo you can see an old diorama, it's actually the diorama from 'Realistic Scenery Vol-3' but whats new is the hedge!
I've been experimenting with some of the Coconut Fiber Basket Liner material that I used in the 'Tall Forrest Pine Trees' video and the results have come back looking quite good. I think it will take a little more practice to get the exact results I'm after but this was attempt number one and I have to say that I'm quite happy.
As for the other materials, I basically spray the coconut fibers with a spray adhesive once I have teased the fibers out a little and achieved the basic shape I want, next I sprinkle the hedge with Javis Scenics Medium Green Scatter, then again I give the hedge a light spray with the spray adhesive and finally I coat the hedge with MP Scenery Products Falling Leaves - Medium Green.
A few different companies do the leaf material, I think Javis Scenics do some, Noch have a good range and Treemendous scenery do a good range as well.
They are a fantastic product and I'm still quite new to the leaf material but I'm finding it to be fantastic and helps really add a level of realism that's hard to get with simply ground foam.
Above is the diorama I'm building to display the house I built and the hedges that will be the focus of the next video. That big patch in the road was actually a mistake that I'm trying to cover up!
Before I sprinkled the dirt texture over the diorama I masked the road using standard 'masking tape'. Unfortunately after applying the dirt and spraying it with glue, I peeled away the tape and chunks of the road paint peeled up with it. The big patch you can see was a little to big to fix so it turned into an actual road repair patch :)
And here is the house. The diorama has a slight hill on it so the house will sit on top of the hill above the road and the hedge will surround the house. I have some fancy gates to use on the driveway so overall I'm hoping it will look quite good.
The video itself shouldn't take long however I plan to finish the diorama first so it might be a little over a week before I get the video finished.
So stay tuned :)
Shortly I’ll be posting a video on YouTube giving you a very detailed tutorial on how to make these fantastic pine trees.
If you’re a current patron and follow me on ‘Patreon’ then you will actually be able to watch the video right now. So if you want to watch now you might consider supporting me on Patreon or if you can wait I'll be posting this video to everyone on YouTube at approximately 9am EDT on the 6th of May in the US.
The whole process is actually quite simple and the results more than speak for themselves!
The base color for the trunk is Rust-Oleum Satin Espresso and the highlights which are dry brushed across the top is Vallejo Israeli Sand Grey. Those colors seem to work well together and complement each other.
Overall I'm quite happy with the final result, I plan to use these trees in my next big video which will be 'Realistic Scenery Volume - 5", it will be my biggest diorama so far but I have big plans for it.
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This stuff is fantastic although it does have its problems, I'll start of with the negative -
That's it really for the negatives, the positives speak for themselves! You can see how good the tree looks in the image.
I'll be making a YouTube tutorial on making this particular tree with these materials but here is a quick breakdown:
Well that's it, This technique has been used many times before however it's usually made using furnace filter. Now the Australian have a shot at making great looking pine trees :)
Stay tuned for the video :)
The main concern when installing the tree is not the actual installation of the tree but rather installing the ground texture and scenery around the tree without getting unwanted dirt and static grass on the tree itself.
With a bit of care and patience the process went quit smooth. I added some of the ground up leaves around the base and under the tree to simulate fallen dead leaves which really adds to the realistic effect and I placed some static grass tufts (not yet glued in place) to see how it will look.
Additionally in the next video (after the apple tree video) I'm thinking about adding a short piece of paved road to this scene? I'm undecided just now but I'll give it a try and if it looks good I'll make a video for all to see :)
Something you don't see much of on model railroads are models that accurately show the roots. That's why I decided to film a new tutorial video detailing an easy... yet somewhat time consuming way of making a very realistic tree which really shows of the roots.
The image above shows the completed apple tree with birds, roots and all, I'm in the process of carefully installing the tree to ensure the roots get highlighted.
That's one main problem with these types of trees, they take a bit of time and pre-planning to install but provided you have just a small amount of patience you'll be more than happy with the result and realism that these type of trees provide.
The two images above show the tree in it's bare wire state and then in the second picture you can see the tree installed and embedded into the ground. The ground is simple Plaster of Paris and the tree is carefully pressed into position.
Below you can get a good idea of how the latex covering and foliage sits over the wire under-frame of the tree. Basically the two images above were combined to show how the wire frame looks superimposed over the completed tree.
I've almost finished the tutorial for making this tree and I'll post an update once it's completed. It's a great little tree and I'm sure a lot of you will really enjoy having a go at this one.