Picking up those brushes again.

Hi and welcome to the occasional mutterings of Dave Doc, a military modeller and some time gamer. Gaming and model making has given me a real education, History & Geography(obvious really), Artistry, Politics, Economics, Logistics, Project Management -you try building miniature armies without the last 3.

I will use the blog to record my creations & the odd occasion I actually do some gaming.

I have always been inspired by the aesthetic side of gaming. Playing on well constructed terrain using excellently painted units is always a joy.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

I've got a lovely bunch of....

Coconuts ...well Palm trees at least. It seems summer has turned up this weekend which allowed me the opportunity to work in the garden on some terrain items for the Sudan.

I picked up a few packs of 9cm and 13cm palm trees from e-bay for £21 about 100 pieces altogether. Not bad as sent from China too. I pinned and glued these to 2mm MDF bases from Warbases with a range of sizes on the bases , and the odd few I also cut down and extra cm or so to give variety. A bit of PVA and sand added , which is then given a light colour dry brush. Once all dry , I gave them a hit with some Matt varnish.

Next up I wanted to make some Acacia trees/bushes, that could be found across Sudan and were used to make Zaribas. A few years ago I had picked up a pile of Woodland Scenics tree armatures, so some of these were twisted into a rough shape, hot glued to bases, and sprayed a dark grey.  I then hot glued onto the branches some rubberised horsehair , and shaped and pulled it about , this was then sprayed dark grey too. Everything is then given a light colour drybrush. Neat PVA is painted onto the horsehair and I then added some brown leave scatter (I will do some more with green as well I think). Basing is straight PVA and sand again. One everything was dry I hit the foliage with some extra firm hold hairspray which will reduce any chance of it dropping off.

If you are interested , but can't find rubberised horsehair in your usual model outlets , try looking for upholstery suplliers. I picked up a sheet that was 6 foot by 4 , and an inch thick for £30. It will last me an age!

I have based these on hex bases to easily allow me to create differing shape collections of them . 

Overall a nice productive, and relaxing weekend.


  1. Impressive collection of terrain!

  2. Oh I like those acacia bushes. Might as some leaf scatter to mine - they came out a bit beige. And I think I need some greens shrubbery too.

    1. Thanks Phil, I did look at yours before I did these, along with a lot of images from Google and I thought the scatter added a little something.

  3. Did you dry-brush the palm trunks or anything? My biggest problem with cheap plastic palm trees is they need some depth of color.

    1. Yeah i might do that stil, with maybe a wash first.

  4. Nice work! The acacias are particularly effective mate.

  5. These look excellent Dave- especially like the acacias!

  6. Great Job Dave, love bushes a particularly good.

  7. Dave, they look excellent. I like using rubberised horsehair as well, although the hairspray idea for the leaf scatter is a really good one which I didn't know about. I shall have to try that. The palm trees and the bushes look brilliant. Really effective.

    1. Oh it works a treat... Cheapest firm hold is all you need.

  8. Hmm, these look rather better than my jungle palm tree bases. Ah, well...

  9. Really good work, Dave. Especially the bushes.

  10. Fantastic work Dave, and useful for multiple projects.

  11. What wonderful foliage Dave! Very good for your upcoming games on the veldt.

  12. How did I miss this. A great tutorial Dave with a touch of Harmony.


Work in hand


No more than 3 things on the PAINTING table at once. Nothing new added until something is finished.

PREPARATION work is done when I don't fancy detail painting. Cleaning up, converting, undercoating etc.

PLANNING is expressions of interest or things that have inspired me to be created with no definite timescale as yet.

10mm ACW
28mm Bashi Bazooks
1/200 me262

On the PREPATION table.
28mm Sudan
15mm WW2

Thinking about some 28mm Napoleonic one offs ..