The image of twisted, clutching, dead trees is a staple in classic
horror films. I recently made a whole forest of them for a special
Mordheim scenario. The trees above are mostly made with arms and
legs cut off of various action figures (particularly Spawn figures).
The two trees with faces actually came that way (from a kid's toy).
The trees are based up on pieces of press board. For undergrowth,
I used dried out grape stems and lichen (glued down with LOTS of white
glue for strength).
I made supplemental tree stumps from various toys, armorcast pieces,
and even dry pumpkin vines! Finally I added various skeletons, dangling
from, decaying on, or clutched in the various tree branches and stumps.
I primed the trees with black spray paint, then sponge painted them with
acrylic paints, mostly brown, tan and grey. The skeletons were
painted white and washed with a light brown.
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