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Cold War Entropy - The Fall of the Iron Curtain


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20 minutes ago, Bill1974 said:

My first attempt at a set of trees.... Where are they out of scale? Too tall or boughs and branched out somehow?

Mind you, trees will the last thing I ever think of modelling! They scare me. But to answer your question, I think the branches look a bit thick and not "branched out" enough, if that's a word. 

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30 minutes ago, JeroenS said:

I think the branches look a bit thick and not "branched out" enough, if that's a word. 

 

I see what you mean, I'll have a think and come up with something, maybe I could think them out using a blade or sharp scissors.

 

It wasn't easy following the YouTube video as the fella didn't pause and say how he did it and just assumed you'd fill in the blanks, I tried to make the boughs thinner in profile and deeper in height, almost like an eye rotated 90* buy all I did was make them really thick.

 

Thanks for the heads up!

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7 hours ago, Svedberg said:

If you want to go all in when it comes to tree making:

 

https://youtu.be/DwADkiE3lSo?si=63mUbJEhHDxqqKH1

 

Excellent video, learned alot watching that (and although he did go on a bit) it was great stuff, definitely gonna give that a go later 🤓👍

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15 minutes ago, Svedberg said:

That was quick! Looking good

 

I'm really very grateful you nudged me in the direction of Boomers YouTube stuff.  

 

He really has a great deal of excellent videos, I've been watching tree bids and how to make water tide stuffs, absolutely brilliant inspiration.

 

👍👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

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5 hours ago, Bill1974 said:

I'm really very grateful you nudged me in the direction of Boomers YouTube stuff.  

Glad to be of help. I have learned a lot from him myself. He is very talented and versatile. But he does get on a bit, as you noted earlier. 🙂

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I've have spent quiet a few hours today on the next fir trees that are coming along nicely.  

 

I have finished adding the batches and secondary branches and will start tidying them up and preparing for a airbrush coat of brown.

 

Photos to follow when I have something worth showing. 🤓

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I've spent alot of time on these trees and the work is bearing fruit!

 

I have four trees ready to be spray painted brown and my fine foam grass scatter stuff has arrived to glue on after the brown has dried.

 

I have spent today bending and rubbing the excess grass off and cutting the branches and sub branches to shape not only for the shape of thick at the base and getting thinner as you go up but also shaping the secondary branches to shape as the video, not too much, just enough.

 

They are way better because there are more branches and these branches are thinner and more to scale.

 

I think to a certain scale (not 1/48 or 1/35) the way I made the first set were ok but on a signature kind build where everything is as real as I can portray they didn't line up and I can see that now.  I think I always suspected deep down something was not right.  I think it didn't strike me until it was pointed out in a comment, exactly as I had thought inside - they're to thick and not enough branches!

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  • 2 weeks later...

I have had a wait because my airbrush broke and I was waiting on parts and figuring out how to take it apart and replace the internal parts.  

 

That is now done and airbrush up and running again I could finish the four trees.

 

Tree no 1

 

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Tree no 2

 

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Tree no 3

 

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Tree no 4

 

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Comments and suggestions welcome. 🤓

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15 minutes ago, Marklo said:

That looks really really good. Those trees are finally working for me.

 

Thanks so much 🤓

 

Sometimes you have to fail or miss the mark to make progress and it's been a alot of work getting the trees right, a few new techniques learned and more fun added. 🤓

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Ive been making some progress with the chipping and such....

 

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I've still got someore layers of colour to add in between varnish coats after chipping.  The underside is done.

 

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I'm calling the chopper finished (unless something jumps out at me to tinker with)

 

Comments and suggestions welcome 🤓

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