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Hazdrubal's Wargaming Trees

Hazdrubal's Wargaming Trees

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Heavy Duty scouring pad tree

Tutoring 19
Skill 11
Idea 18

This is my goto method for making trees for myself and my friends when they ask me to. They are not the most realistic but they are effective and durable, when I take them with me I jam a bunch of them in a plastic bag and when I get to my destination I dump them out and they are good to use.

Materials used:

  • 1mm wire.
  • 3M Heavy duty scouring pads.
  • Hot glue
  • Cloth backed tape (I used tape for a hockey stick)
  • 1 base per tree (I use a hand cut, roughly circular, 60mm MDF base)
  • PVA glue
  • Spray paint


  • Spray glue
  • Flock (I prefer foam over sawdust).

Start with 3M Heavy Duty Scouring pads, a pair of 3″x5″x7/8″ cost $3.

Cut each pad into rounded rectangles, keep the bigger off cuts. Slice each one almost in half.

Now make the trunk,  cut 4 12″ long piece of wire, fold in half, at the fold bend the wire again approximately 90 degrees (this will be the foot of the tree).

Bind the 4 wires together with the tape to a height of 2″-3″. Bend half of each wire out to form the bottom layer of the tree, then tape another section about 2 more inches, and bend the other 4 wires out to form the upper layer of the canopy alternatively bend 3 and leave one standing up. Bend the end of each branch back on itself .

Attach the tree to its base, I use a generous dollop of hot glue and make roots with beads of hot glue. Add texture to the base.

Coat the trunk of the tree in hot glue and smear it up and down with the side of the nozzle.

I now skip the following step, but I used to cover the trunk in PVA glue and sprinkle sand on it, which when dried i coated in water diluted PVA and let it dry.

Paint the trunk, branches and the base.

Attach the scouring pad blobs to the branches. Apply hot glue in the slit scouring pad and have it bite on the end of the branch.

At this point I spray the scouring pads black, dry brush brown and then apply flock.


Instead of flocking you can just instead dry brush the the scouring pads green and then dry brush a lighter green and then maybe some yellow and call them done. I did that for my local gaming store almost 6 years ago and they still look great.

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The cloth tape would duct tape be a good alternative ?


Brilliant idea! I run a gaming group and we always need more trees! Was thinking these are best suited to 28mm figure gaming, but your toilet brush option gave me an idea to do the same but with a bottle bush for smaller scale 🙂

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