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.
If you haven't seen the latest tutorial on trees here it is:
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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:
Complete Guide Series - Start to finish scenery tutorials
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.
Today I managed to make a start on the next video tutorial On creating a waterfall. It's going to be a big project but even with the very basic landform taking shape I can already envision a very cool looking scene.
The hardest part for me I think will be getting just the right riverbed color and the transition from the deeper sections at the base of the waterfall to the more shallow sections just down stream of the falls.
The image above is what I'm using as a reference for my waterfall, I like how there is a small alcove shape that fans out as the river flows further down stream.
And the image below shows the very first stage of creating the basic land form for the diorama.
From what I can see in the reference photo is there is a lot of greenery which is expected near a large body of water however I will also need lots of rocks to form the cliff sections of the waterfall. You can never make too many plaster rocks! I don't anticipate using them all but have more than you need is much better than not having enough.
Oh and by the way... this is just the first batch of molds! I plan on doing this about 3 or 4 times.
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.
You can watch the tutorial by clicking on the YouTube video below.
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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...
It's finally here, volume 10 is a complete in-depth tutorial on creating an awesome looking bridge from nothing to a fully completed scene.
It's not a short video but there's a lot to cover so sit back and relax as I take you on a journey making this cool little bridge.
If you're interested in replicating this exact bridge I've included all the measurements and dimensions as well as a list of materials and a link to Australian Modeller where I purchased all the items.
Build an AWESOME Bridge Files - Includes corelDRAW templates
For those of you who are curious about the train, here it is.
The locomotive is a Bendigo Rail Models P-Class
The carriages are N Passenger Car set from Auscision Models
Both items are available from https://www.australianmodeller.com.au/
As a companion piece to the upcoming video on building a small trestle bridge I have made a list of the specific materials I used as well as a PDF template of the bridge in HO scale available here:
The tutorial video will be published to YouTube very soon (approximately 6 hours from the time this blog update was posted) however for anyone who is a current patron you have an early access pass and have a chance to view the tutorial now.
It's a long video (27 minutes) and full of tips and tricks, if you want to get a head start on the specific details on the bridge prior to watching the tutorial you can check out the Bridge Files page.