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On 4/22/2021 at 6:01 PM, Pig of the Week said:

The bushes look very Mediterranean somehow....!

Dry and with very small leaves you mean? lol

 

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3 hours ago, Badder said:

Dry and with very small leaves you mean? lol

 

Ha!....not that so much, just an impression, you can imagine them amongst the rocks on Crete or something.

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On 4/24/2021 at 1:32 PM, Pig of the Week said:

Ha!....not that so much, just an impression, you can imagine them amongst the rocks on Crete or something.

Yeah, so dry with small leaves lol

 

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One of the advantages of using fishing line to make this tree, is that it's extremely resilient to almost everything but fire. I knew that I could, if I was determined, remove all of the 'foliage' from the tree and replace it. That would be a long and at times fiddly job, but it would be possible.

As I said, it was MEANT to be a deciduous tree, but for some reason I thought sprinkling Dil tops on it made it look better. What it actually did was make it look like a coniferous tree. That would be fine for this diorama, but it would be even better for a winter dio.............. um................. yes I'm in the process of making a winter dio! lol. So guess what?

 

Yes, you've guessed it. I'm going to switch this tree over to the Pit Stop diorama and continue work on it there. I will obviously have to make  a new tree for this dio and I will do just that. It will be far easier, and quicker, to start a new one rather than try to 're-leaf' this one with deciduous leaves anyway.

 

So, say 'good bye' to this tree.................

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As you can see, there are lots of 'blobs' of 'foliage' to be seen, which I've never been happy with, so in my 'breaks' I'm crushing those blobs into powder with a pair of pliers. .

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BYE BYE TREE!  

If you want to see further progress on this tree, switch to my Pit Stop dio.

Meanwhile, I will start progress on the new replacement tree with paper-punched leaves. I've decided to use the same punch as was used to provide the 'ivy' on the walls of the building, but this time cutting the 'snowflakes' up into individual leaves, plus a different punch which punches out similar, but smaller leaves.

 

TFL

Badder.

 

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There's been a change of mind on the 'Tree front'.

It would be silly to 'move' this tree to the Pit Stop WIP.  The tree started life as a 'nut' here, and so it should reach its maturity here. Otherwise, readers in 2250AD will miss out on seeing the finished article, what with the 'Great Deletion' of 2249AD and the loss of inter-connectivity between WIPs.

So, I shall continue posting progress of of the tree here.  Thinking about it, when finished, it might be worthy of its own RFI?

Then I can swap it over to the Pit Stop diorama and add snow to it. lol

 

The tree has been mostly 'de-blobbed' and a lot of the overly-thick foliage has been removed by crushing. The tree is now much more 'open', which does raise a few issues in that the upper trunk and boughs are more open to view. With the original thicker foliage much of this didn't need to be 'beautifully made'. So I will have to address that. I will do that by adding branches and foliage to the bottom-most areas of er... branches and foliage

Otherwise, the tree is looking much more realistic in form and interesting.

 

 

TFL

Badder

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The trunk is short of touching the bottom of the jar by about 20mm BTW. I may shorten it and thicken it up a bit, making it more gnarly and interesting, with ivy and whatnot.

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I must confess it's great to be able to work on some 'greenery' for a while, as opposed to stone, bricks and mortar.

 

TFL

Badder

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Greenery and stone go hand in hand where I'm from.  Nice tree.

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9 hours ago, RichO said:

Greenery and stone go hand in hand where I'm from.  Nice tree.

It's the same here Rich, including moss, algae and lichen on our cottage's once white walls and mold on the inside walls! lol. The drawbacks of living in the countryside in a cheap house made for 19th Century labourers. Still, I have woods almost at 'the bottom of my garden' a great source of inspiration and moss! I am really going to try and up the amount of greenery in this dio and get the undergrowth, hedgerow and tree(s) looking much more realistic. Imagine Hobbiton lol

 

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Badder

 

 

 

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Hi Badder. Hope all is okay with you. Just been checking out the videos on your YouTube Channel. Great idea - and great to see the your extended project on video. Very well done. It's all looking very impressive.....as usual!

Take care.

Kind regards,

Stix

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On 28/04/2021 at 12:34, Badder said:

The trunk is short of touching the bottom of the jar by about 20mm BTW. I may shorten it and thicken it up a bit, making it more gnarly and interesting, with ivy and whatnot.

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I must confess it's great to be able to work on some 'greenery' for a while, as opposed to stone, bricks and mortar.

 

TFL

Badder

That looks like a real plant in a jar !

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On 4/29/2021 at 4:48 PM, Pig of the Week said:

That looks like a real plant in a jar !

Thanks Pete,

There is now a Youtube video showing how I made it, and what I'm doing to it now as I 'tidying it up'. I'm marketing it as 'the INDESTRUCTIBLE TREE, and I think most people will be shocked by what I do to it in the vid lol.

For those who don't know, there's a little clue as to where to find the vid at the bottom of this post.

 

Rearguards,

Badder

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Still in the process of removing some of the bad bits, and improving some of the not-so-bad bits. The tree is much more open now, and the last of the worst of the Dil Top blobs are being crushed with pliers. Once that's done, the bits I've removed and improved, will be re-attached to the tree armature.

 

I will then have to think about what to do with the foliage, if anything. If I were to decide that this is DEFINITELY a Yew Tree, it may in fact be fine just to leave the leaves as they are and give the tree a few sprays with some very dark greens. The dark greens will have only slight differences between just to highlight the leaves exposed to direct sunlight, and those in shadow. I can then move back to the trunk, boughs and larger branches making them a more orange/brown colour.

 

I dunno why but this photo makes the tree appear taller and thinner than it is.

 

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TFL

Badder

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  • Badder changed the title to Ever evolvin dio 'THE INDESTRUCTIBLE TREE' will withstand vacuuming, cats, and being crushed between hands and fingers. (youtube video proof povided if required lol)

Ok peeps, the tree has been given a good raking over to remove those unsightly blobs of Dil Tops. In so doing I've also been separating strands of fishing line which were glued together by those blobs, and have been able to splay them out and take up a bit more room.

I have removed 2 large 'foliage-twig-branch' assemblies in order to clean those up, and at the same time give me room to get to foliage deeper within the tree canopy.. So, all is going well. This is the kind of job one can do by feel alone, so I've done most of it whilst watching films lol.

Now though, I'm at a stage where I'm almost ready to replace those 2 large assemblies and call this tree done..........................

 

Except that I am going to improve the trunk and lower boughs now that they are exposed.

I will be using the same garden twine as before, to make the bark, but will be making the trunk MUCH more Yew-like. I suspect I'll be using some No More Nails as a 'filler' as well. Reference photos will be used for.....er..... reference.

 

Hopefully I will be at a stage to post photos later.

 

TFL

Badder

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Work is still in progress, but I thought I'd show what this tree looked like before I started re-working it, and then a series of photos showing progress right up to the present moment...................

 

So, how it looked a couple of years ago, after I had 'ruined' it by adding Dil Tops.

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How it looked after the removal of some branches and a lot of the Dil Tops.

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More branches removed removed for cleaning.

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And the current state of affairs:

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There are still a lot of Dil Top blobs to remove, but I am getting there.

Once done some of the cleaned parts will be replaced and I'm going to improve the trunk add some branches around the bottom of the canopy.

 

TFL

Badder

 

 

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Impressive looking shrubbery Badder. Always thought this tree looked realistic for your project. 

Kind regards,

Stix

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19 hours ago, PlaStix said:

Impressive looking shrubbery Badder. Always thought this tree looked realistic for your project. 

Kind regards,

Stix

Thanks Stix,

In the process of stripping off the Dil Tops and thinning the canopy out, I've realised why the canopy was so thick. There are  bits in there that are NOT fit for viewing lol. I am having to tackle those issues now. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to chop the top 1/3rd of the tree off and re-build it. It's really not as drastic as it sounds though.

 

As Les Dawson might have said 'All the parts are there, but not necessarily in the right order'. :thumbsup: 

 

TC

Rearguards,

Badder

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