The original plan was to create more of the squirrel-chewed pine-cone trees I did for the original run-through of the game and put them on pieces of felt that would define the edges of the wooded areas. Looking like this:
This is OK but I felt the bases needed work so I started looking at pictures of real Scandinavian forest so I could decide how to colour the bases.
The problem is, you don't see the forest floor from outside a conifer forest. You can't see the floor for the trees. The other problem is that a 6'x12' table is going to need a hell of a lot of trees. The squirrels of Oughtibridge Park just ain't that productive.
So I thought I'd have a go at an alternative approach using Woodland Scenics clump foliage and some ripped up prices of 18mm thick packaging foam.
|18mm foam torn to a rough shape.|
The classic thing to do would be to create a base with tree trunks made from glued-down nails but I wanted to give the impression of a conifer forest which has vegetation right down to ground level around the edges.
The result is this:
Or from above, this:
I think that works OK. One wood completed in about an hour.
I may declare these sections of woods as impassible within the context of the game. This would have a realistic effect in channelling forces and would also avoid the question of whether to put forces on top or underneath.