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
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