Making Bocage Hedges for 6mm
This base is made from a Lollipop stick 4” long. I get them from Hobbycraft, £1.99 for 50, The first thing I do is chamfer the edges.
Then I glue on a length cut from a wooden barbecue skewer to start forming the earthen ..
I cut a bit off the top of the skewer and taper the ends.
Use filler to build up the sides of the bank. I use B&Q All purpose powder filler.
Drill a hole which will later take a model tree
Paint the thing brown, I use emulsion paint from Dulux. Just over £2 for a 250ml sample pot and they can do you just about any colour you want.
Textured with Budgie grit stuck on with PVA glue. Sand would work just as well.
Then I seal it all up with a 1:1:1 mixture of emulsion paint, PVA glue and water.
And leave overnight to dry.
Drybrush to bring up the texture.
A tree is glued into the hole. You can buy trees like this on Ebay. They come from China and you can get 150 of the things for about £15. If you don’t want to wait a couple of weeks or are reluctant to take your chances with a Chinese Ebayer called WeHonest (99.9% positive feedback on 38,000 sales) , then you can get what look to be the same trees from Minibits in the UK. Some of the trees come in a rather luminous shade of green, I tone then down by dipping them in a mixture of Acrylic paint, PVA glue and water. This gives them a better colour and the glue holds all the flock together and stops bits of it falling off the armature.
The hedges are made from small pieces of Woodland Scenics Clump-Foliage, I glue them on to the base using a hot glue gun. You can get Woodland Scenics products from model railway shops and it’s also available in larger branches of Hobbycraft. I use mostly Medium Green and Light Green.
That’s the bocage hedge finished, though I always slather on copious amounts of diluted PVA glue to bind it all together. If you don’t do this then bits of the Clump-Foliage will fall off over time.
- Lollipop sticks
- Wooden barbecue skewers
- Paint (whatever you normally use on your bases)
- PVA Glue
- Sand or Budgie git (again whatever you normally use on your bases)
- Clump Foliage for the hedges
- Flock for the sides of the bank
The hedges in use.