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April 22, 2021

2mm Terrain – Making Trees

Anyone who listens to Meeples and Miniatures (if not why not) will know that I’m doing a project to make some 2mm Napoleonic armies and as part of that I am in need for terrain. As I’m concentrating on the Russian Campaign I need terrain that covers the western part of Russia so one of the things that I really need is some pine trees. looking at images of the countryside in Poland and Western Russia the forests look to be a mixture of deciduous and evergreens so this is the sort of terrain I wanted to model.

but the problem is no-one really does  these kind of trees in such a small scale so I had to make my own, after asking around on twitter I got a plan to use small plastic cone shaped beads that are used in crafts for making jewelry, so I brought a small pack of them for the princely sum of £2 from ebay

once I got them I mounted them on sticks and painted them black

once that had dried I painted on pva glue and dipped them into a mix of static grass and flock and left them to dry

an hour or so later I sprayed the whole thing a dark green and then dry brushed them with a light apple green

finally I gave them a wash of watered down pva to seal them and then it was onto a base.

I decided to use an old cd and make a large forested area with areas of rough terrain and trees, I had some pine trees and for the other types of vegetation I was planning on using woodland scenics clump foliage and other flocks and stuff to add contrast

so first I took an old cd and cleaned it up with sandpaper

then I covered the whole with a piece of scrap plastic before covering the lot with Vallejo earth texture mix

once this was dry I gave it a light drybrush with a bone colour before adding the trees and other flocks

once this had all dried I add a few more bits of green as it was too brown and hey presto its all done

I’m really pleased with the effect of this and think it’ll work well with my armies, next up I’m going to do a small rural terrain piece using some buildings I got free from Irregular Miniatures

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2 Responses “2mm Terrain – Making Trees”

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    Michael Blair
    November 19, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Long ago an article in a wargaming magazine suggested using bump chenille for conifers. At the time I had no idea what this was but turned out to be bumpy pipe cleaners. You cut these into lengths to make the conical tree shapes, I don’t remember whether you were to flock them or not. I am not sure if they would look any better than yours though.

    • MikeH
      November 20, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      thats an interesting idea I might take a look at that


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