I decided to do some work on some thorn bush "zariba" sections. These are a horrible prickly bush found in the Sudan that was used to help form a barricade to defend.
For these I turned to an old favourite, rubberised horsehair -it is probably better not to ask what it really is, the answer might may involve pet ponies and French horse butchers. Although I am sure is man made stuff nowadays. Now you can buy this in small sheets from wargames and railway suppliers - where a piece 4 inches by 6 inches and an inch thick will cost you a pound or two (about £4 a square foot) . This is just madness. If you want a decent amount look on line for an upholstery supplier - this stuff fills sofas. Last year I bought a sheet 8 foot x 4 foot x 1 inch (32 square feet) for £28 including postage - way better value - and it will make a shed load of stuff. Bocage anyone?
Ok - so here is a walk through
1 - the stash of rubberised horsehair.
2 - Unfold it.
3- Cut with household scissors a strip around 20-25mm wide x 300mm long - does not have to be straight
4 - Cut some basing material - this is 1.5mm ply cut 30mm wide
5 - Liberally apply hot glue (quick) or PVA (slow) to the base
6 - Affix strips of material - and trim ends
7 - Apply pressure until glue sets
8 - This is what you get - a regular trimmed hedge ..(or bush -- ooh- er!)
9 - With scissors remove bits, and cut irregular shapes,cut it a bit thinner in places and tease it apart at bit.
10 - This is what you end up with
11 - All basic work is done.
If you want a more European hedge with green leaves - spray a dark colour - allow to dry. Daub with neat PVA cover with mix of scatter material. Once this is dry apply firm hold hair spray to stop it dropping off.
12 -I wanted a dried wood/bush effect - so I hit it with a mid grey spray - from about 15 inches away and did not cover everything completely.
13- Apply a light drybrush - lighter grey, off white across the material - allow to dry
14 - PVA the base area and add sand mixture - allow to dry.
15 - Drybush the sand material a light sand/off white mix - allow to dry.
16 - Hit it with cheap extra firm hold hair spray which will firm it all up. - Job done!
I made a total of 12 foot in length of zariba in a mix of sizes - 8 x 12 inches,4 x 6 inches,6 x 4 inches - I used just over a square foot of material... with ply cost, glue and hairspray - it cost about £2.50.. and few hours effort over the weekend.
17- This was made from the various off cut clumps added around a larger base. It fits a couple of bases
Still got plenty left for other projects!