(The alliterations continue…)
I’ve been having misgivings about the trees behind the St. Williams depot. I’m very happy with the trunks and branches, but less happy with the canopy. A couple of off-line discussions with friends confirmed that there was something wrong – and they suggested I thin out the canopy to give the trees more of a see-through effect.
I revisited Gordon Gravett‘s first volume on Modelling Trees, and that is indeed a major part of the problem. Yesterday, I decided to do something about it.
The canopy is quite dense – it looks like giant clumps of packing foam have been stuck into the trees. Worse, it hides a lot of the work I did to fashion the armatures in the first place: Why go through all that trouble if the end result is going to look like a ball on a stick?
I spread a rag over the road to protect it, then pulled out all of the foliage material and saved it in a container. I then started rebuilding the canopy – using about half of the foliage I did before, and teasing it out even further. The redone trees now look like this:
Much better, I think.
Here’s another before and after pair of photos – looking along Charlotteville STreet:
Again – much better, I think.
I’m still not completely satisfied, but as one of my sounding boards noted,
I would say that you have taken Woodlands Scenics foliage about as far as it can go, and any further attempts to approach the peak of Gravett-inspired perfection will need alternative materials.
I agree. I really like the netting material that Woodland Scenics uses, but the ground foam is not as nice as the leaves I have from the Selkirk Leaf Company. I would love to get the Woodland Scenics netting without the foam. In fact, I think I’ll email Woodland Scenics to see if that’s possible…
(UPDATE: I’ve just checked the Woodland Scenics website and they offer a product called Poly Fiber. I’ve emailed to ask whether this is the material they use as the netting in their foliage products. Stay tuned for an answer.)
(AND A FURTHER UPDATE: A customer service person at Woodland Scenics replies: “The Poly Fiber is made from the same fiber material (netting) as Foliage, but it is put through an additional process to make it more fluffy (for lack of a better word). Poly Fiber can be pulled thin and lacey and then sprinkled with Turf, similar to Foliage.”)
Thanks to my sounding boards for the reality check!