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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Easy Forest Tutorial

We were snowed in all weekend, and I was lucky enough to be able to fight off cabin fever and make some terrain. Due to crushing boredom, I was also able to get the wife to help! I made a tutorial to show just how easy this is.

Read on to see the tutorial!


First you'll need a paintbrush and some green paint. Latex house paint is preferable, but all I had available were a few large pots of acrylic.

You'll also need hairspray and flock. The large tube of Woodland Scenics green grass works well. It covers a good area as well. I bought two, but haven't even used a quarter of one tube on tons of forests.

Don't use up all the hairspray on your hair! It's for sealing the flock.

And lastly you'll need a good deal of felt and scissors. The scissors we had available sucked, get some good ones. You won't regret it.

Green paint and paintbrush

Step One: Cut the felt to shape.

Step Two: Apply the paint. Again, easier to do with latex house paint.

Step Three: Spread the paint. Make sure to get the edges, but it's okay if you leave a few spots.

Step Four: Shake the flock on.

Step Five: After the paint has dried, shake off the excess flock. We used an old pizza box, and wound up recovering at least half of all the flock- like I said, it goes a long way!

Step Six: Use the spraypaint to seal the flock.

Step Seven: Enjoy!


jmezz382 said...

Nice and easy write up. How long do you find the hairspray holding ? Does it lose grip over time and need touch up ?

indierockclimber said...

That's an excellent question. Not sure truthfully. They shed very little after a good shakeout though, so I guess I'll just see in time :)

GeekEGuy said...

Awesome tutorial. You get extra points for having a wife that is cool with being your Gaming Vanna White. Don't suppose you want to teach us how you made those trees? I can never get my flock to stay on the branches. They just seem to fall off over time.

indierockclimber said...

Truthfully, I just wait until Woodland Scenics has a great deal on pre-made trees. I find that whatever they do to treat them makes them hold up way better than mine ever do for not much more cost.

After that I just glue them to washers, paint and flock. Easy as 1 2 3!

Todd R said...

Great stuff. I'm with you on the trees. Just wait for a good sale. More time gaming and less time modeling!

indierockclimber said...

Yeah- they come around. I've seen vendors at some of the bigger cons selling trees for very reasonable prices as well in bulk- saves you the time of basing them.

Glad you enjoyed the tutorial!

Laffe said...

An easy way to get some variation on the bases is to buy two different shades of flock, and sprinkle on from the two tubes randomly. So you get a mix of flock on the bases, some are darker, some are lighter, and it doesn't look like a football lawn anymore.

The leftovers will be a mix of both, so will end up a third shade, which will give you even more variation and is useful if you think some of the bases have too much contrast between the shades.

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