|Nothing says Appalachian modeling|
like a wall of foliage. This is Tony
Koester's old Allegheny Midland--a
great look, but it won't work on the
Dunes Junction! Photo: Allegheny
Midland Historical Society
|On top: gigantic SuperSage trees! |
On hangers below:
SuperTrees that have been
dipped in matte medium, drying
and awaiting bark-colored paint.
I broke out the SuperSage kit a month or so ago and one of the first things I discovered is that the SuperSage trees, when completed, are freaking ginormous! After assembling a couple of these gigantic trees--they would be at home on an S or O scale layout, or as a 'landmark' tree in front of a plantation--I realized they would dominate my planned background treeline. Fortunately, SuperTree foliage can be worked into smaller, less iconic trees, so I picked up a box of SuperTree material and got to work.
My objective was two or three dozen trees, 2" to 4" in height. I carefully separated the SuperTrees (actually a weed from Scandinavia) and removed large, skinny, out-of-scale leaves with tweezers. Then each SuperTree took a dip in matte medium for strength and to seal them.
|SuperTrees before leaf flake . . .|
After letting the spray paint dry for a few days, I removed the trees from their clothespins and hangers and stuck them in floral styrofoam.
I sprayed each with matte medium from a pump sprayer and sprinkled on ScenicExpress coarse foliage from the original Super Sage kit. On smaller trees, I used Aqua Net super extra hold unscented hair spray before and after sprinking on the foliage. I switched up dark and medium green foliage for visual variety.
After the first layer of ScenicExpress coarse foliage dried, I sprinkled on a layer of Noch leaf flake, which was included in the original SuperSage kit. These flakes really add a lot to the texture of the trees, as well as introduce very slight, but noticeable variation in hues.
|. . . And after application of leaf flake.|
My reply: "This is man-crafts, dang it!"
So did the crumbs of foliage that accumulated under my workspace. Which leads me to that one last essential tool to tree making: a vacuum cleaner. Best to have one on hand for this kind of project.