As I'm working towards an autumn themed battlefield I asked for some model trees for Christmas. My lovely wife bought me a large bag. Shortly afterward I took some large Flames of War sized bases, plus some generic round bases from a show, and I started working out some ideas in my head.
1) Stand alone trees
2) Trees that would work together in rows
3) A pond or two
I bought a long tube of it from the 99p store, whacked it in my caulking gun and made a sampler to see if it did what I wanted.
I personally like everything about it as a basing material. It has a number of advantages over polyfiller:
- it weighs less,
- it's much more malleable,
- it looks more durable,
- it won't crack (I think)
- it takes paint, stones or other adds ons really well
Create the shapes you want:
- a ring of it for a pond (adding stones around the edge, or even a mini pier as you can see in the bottom left corner of the picture below
- a layer deep enough to submerge the roots of your trees
- a bank on one side of a base, or a gully
- a fence line with either small pieces of kebab skewer or coffee stirrer sticks
- an abandoned MG nest, sandbags as an OP for a sniper team
- kebab skewers for old tree stumps
- an equipment store
The limits are really what you can imagine and create.
Regarding tank tracks - I found with polyfiller and this caulk, that tank tracks can be added, but you may end up with some of the filler/caulk on your tracks if you indent them too early. I don't have spare sets of tracks, and I don't want gunk left on my tanks, so I tried something else. A thin coffee stirrer (or a thick one cut or sanded down) and some patience and you can create sets of tightly packed parallel lines which represent tank tracks.
Next time painting them