How To: Battling in Bocage 1


Hi Everyone,

The original Battling in Bocage post was a proof of concept and made only a single row. Unfortunately I took no work in progress pics at that time.Well, good thing I had to do more (15 more rows…) and remembered to take some pictures this time, so I can show you what I did.

The original post is here: Battling in Bocage. This post won’t duplicate all the wording there, it will be more of a picture guide. Oh, and a production line definitely helps!

Next step will be to find a suitable replacement for the skewers. i know there is better stuff out there but for the life of me I couldn’t find anything.

Basic materials needed to make the bases.

Basic materials needed to make the bases.

Skewers cut to length and stacked to make a filler for the base

Skewers cut to length and stacked to make a filler for the base

A row of bases ready for the filler.

A row of bases ready for the filler.

Slap it on, shape to fit (a bit of water can help, don;t use too much), let dry

Slap it on, shape to fit (a bit of water can help, don;t use too much), let dry

Once dry, time for the hot glue and lichen. Glue in a pleasing manner that best reflects underlying bush.

Once dry, time for the hot glue and lichen. Glue in a pleasing manner that best reflects underlying bush.

Once you are done you should end up with something like this. The bocage is now starting to take shape.

Once you are done you should end up with something like this. The bocage is now starting to take shape.

Undercoat. I use a grey, dark brown mix.

Undercoat. I use a grey, dark brown mix.

Drill small holes and insert twigs to act as trees (standing or fallen). Flock the bases and let dry. For this I have used a simple green flock. I recently purchased a nice fine earth turf that I plan to mix for the next lot.

Drill small holes and insert twigs to act as trees (standing or fallen).
Flock the bases and let dry.
For this I have used a simple green flock. I recently purchased a nice fine earth turf that I plan to mix for the next lot.

Finally, apply a watered down PVA mix (I sprayed mine on with a spray bottle but brush works just as well, and can sometimes be more controlled), then apply flock! These bocage rows use three tones of green, a light, mid and dark.

Finally, apply a watered down PVA mix (I sprayed mine on with a spray bottle but brush works just as well, and can sometimes be more controlled), then apply flock!
These bocage rows use three tones of green, a light, mid and dark.

These are pretty well done. I still need to apply the purple flowers (for consistency and depth) but other than that they are ready for a final sealing (to stop the flock dropping off and to protect them).

Like I said in the original post, I am pretty happy with these and i think they will do the job.

 


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