Wargame Scenery – Trees II

I blame Terrain For Hippos for this one. The question is, how do you turn this:

toilet paper tree scenery white glue toilet paper tree scenery toilet paper toilet paper tree scenery cardboard tube

Into this:
wargame scenery toilet paper diy trees

Starting with the cardboard tube. There isn’t much in the way of measurement, the tree base doesn’t require too much accuracy. The length is about six inches long, ideally being line of sight blocking. Chunks are gouged from the top to add more interest to the texture of the finished product. Another option would be to glue some broken up ice cream sticks around the top to achieve the same result.
wargame scenery toilet paper diy trees

All good scenery needs a base and old CDs make a really good base. Cardboard tends to warp badly when PVA glue and/or water are applied. The tree is glued down with Superglue to make sure it bonds properly.
wargame scenery toilet paper diy trees

Now the fun starts. Who doesn’t love playing with what is, effectively, paper mache?! Apply PVA glue liberally to the inside of the tree where the bottom meets the CD and push toilet paper. In the end product, this is the base of the tree stump. From there work upwards towards the lip of the tube. Liberal amounts of PVA are important to soak into the toilet paper and dry hard.
wargame scenery toilet paper diy trees

Once the outside has been covered in PVA and toilet paper, the whole thing can be covered in watered down PVA glue to add additional sealing to the end product.
wargame scenery toilet paper diy trees

Once the whole thing is dry, and it does take a while, the painting begins.
Over a black undercoat that has dried properly, being a very liberal drybrush of an appropriate colour. Some research in Google will give and idea of the sorts of colours needed.
I have been painting toy soldiers for many years. I used some very old Spearstaff Brown as the basis and then once this had dried properly, added some Bleached Bone to the base colour and drybrushed the lighter colour over the top.
Once all this has dried, additional foliage can be added. The face is built of more toilet paper and PVA glue to roughly shape the features.

How easy is scenery?