This post, and the resulting terrain items, are as of a direct result of a post I read on the wonderfully entertaining and creative ‘da Gobbo’s Grotto’. It has been such a boon to my own Bushido development having Andy’s work as inspiration and reference and the post in question, imaginatively titled*, ‘Cherry Blossom’, is no exception.
The post in question details Andy’s process of making a series of cherry trees in full blossom. I was so taken with these that I decided to have a go myself and to all extents and purposes copied his method to the letter. As a result I won’t go through a blow by blow ‘how to’ here instead you can read that on Andy’s blog, but I will point out my own observations.
*So imaginatively titled that I stole that as well!
I have often wondered about the reliability or even logistic improbability of ordering cheap trees from China. Would they ever turn up? Are they any good? Hearing that Andy had had a good experience encouraged me to give it a go and whilst I am not in the habit of throwing money away I had resigned myself to the fact that I could cover the loss in funds if they were to go awry. Fortunately they arrived in good time and just as described. Whilst I may wrestle with my conscience regarding my ever increasing carbon footprint, it is difficult to knock the service!
Like Andy I placed my trees on two different sizes or ‘Warbases’ MDF discs, 40mm and 60mm. I had already ordered some of the rather nice 3D printed Yukimi Japanese Lanterns from ‘Master Crafted Miniatures’ and decided to place one on each of the larger bases.
This really was the only departure from the ones showcased on Andy’s blog and I really can’t stress how straightforward it all was, a measure of just how clear and insightful the original post was. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough bases in stock to do all ten of my trees, but I have a cunning plan for the couple left over – more of that in the next post.