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We start with a tree

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For those familiar with the system, My first caster will be Wurmwood, Tree of Fate. For those not familiar with the system: the tree is the warlord of this army, The guy wrapped in a branch is there to help the tree.

 

We start with a tree

I have always thought that tree should look a lot more epic than the one from PP. I understand the difficulties of casting a model means they can’t make really cool trees, but luckily, I had no such problems.

What is more, the Circle Orboros faction is heavily anchored in Celtic tradition, which means a tree like the one above might work. I on the other hand, wanted to make an African tree. After some digging around on the internet, I decided no tree would be better than the iconical Baobab.

We start with a tree

So with my trusted wire and plyers in hand, I started bending, twisting and clipping, until I ended up with this bad boy:

Once the wireframe was in place, I started the long, tedious task of sculpting the tree. There is no way in sugarcoating it: this takes an incredible long time to do. And yes, you will burn out on it eventually. The main thing to keep in mind is to do it branch per branch. Start on a twig and go from there. I started on the ends and sculpted my way up the branch until I encountered a side branch. Then I sculpted that one, till I came to the join, where I could continue.

And maybe even more important: take breaks regularly. Like I said: you WILL burn out on this. Which means you will get sloppy. When I felt it was enough, I just finished the bit of greenstuff I made and let the whole project sit for a couple of hours or even days, until I got the itch to start again.

Once all the branches were sculpted in this way, I added skulls to the crack in the tree and started sculpting the main body of the tree. Until I ran out of greenstuff.

More coming soon (when I get my hands on more greenstuff). Please do feel free to comment. I am looking forward to your ideas. Part of the reason I am making this a public thread is to profit from the vast knowledge of all you beautiful people.

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