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One-piece, one size fits all tree canopies in a range of styles and seasons for the 6mm and small scale wargamer. For Winter too!!
One-piece, one size fits all tree canopies in a range of styles and seasons for the 6mm and small scale wargamer. For Winter too!!
22 backers pledged £1,547 to help bring this project to life.

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Forests for 2mm, 6mm, 10mm & 15mm Wargames

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Forests can be represented on the wargames table in a number of ways. Each have their own pros and cons.

Single trees on bases are cheap and allow gamers to admire their miniatures, even when hiding in cover. However, if model trees are permanently attached to a forest footprint, placement of larger units can be difficult. Even if weighted, individually based tree models are prone to toppling over with a domino effect on other trees or snagging on miniatures.

Aerial view of forest tree canopies
Aerial view of forest tree canopies

Besides, from the gamer's view of the tabletop (similar to hovering hundreds of metres above the landscape), all but the most sparse of wooded areas appear as undulating unbroken swathes of vegetation. 

These tree canopy style representations of forests (as opposed to highly detailed and accurate tree models), made by Les Hammond by hand, will bring a practical and aesthetic dense forest effect to your 3mm, 6mm, 10mm & 15mm wargaming tables.  

Pledging for additional sets will of course, greatly add to the variety of foliage and appearance of the tabletop scenery in larger games.

Don't forget that the reward level forest styles listed can be fully customized when the project goes to completion, for instance to request instead any of the eight foliage styles (and four Winter ones) in any of the four design shapes.

Winter scene with different foliage styles
Winter scene with different foliage styles

Product Description

There are three tree canopy sections in each hand made set, cut from a single 15cm x 15cm piece of tree canopy material (just over 6" square), which is just enough for the smallest of skirmish games. 

A view under the tree canopy.The wood on the right is set up to be sited on a gradient.
A view under the tree canopy.The wood on the right is set up to be sited on a gradient.

Originally designed for 6mm gaming, there is at least 25mm of adjustable clearance underneath the tree canopies for your miniatures with the standard 'tree trunk' supports. (For 15mm gamers, or if using troops with standard bearers or AFVs with whip aerials, taller supports may be better, which can be supplied. However, the closer to the ground the canopy is, the better the effect). Not every tree trunk is specifically represented with these forests, only the minimum number to provide stability and adequate headroom. If the forest is to be sited on a hillside they can be inserted into the vegetation at appropriate angles. Most importantly, these tree canopies can be lifted off the table without snagging on the miniatures underneath.

I do not use a 'footprint' for replacing the forests after lifting (for example, a felt cut out 'shadow') in my games as I find there are usually enough points of reference (especially once miniatures have moved underneath). This could be changed depending on feedback.

The woods are available in four shapes, although they are trimmed to have undulating edges for a more organic look:

  • T3: one large and two small woods, all roughly triangular
  • T4: four small approximately triangular woods
  • S3: one large and two small, roughly square woods
  • SP: three similar shaped squarish/oblong 'plantations' 
Top left: Autumn in T4 shape; top right: Evergreen (S3 shape) ; middle left: Evergreen (SP shape). The other forest sets shown are all T3.
Top left: Autumn in T4 shape; top right: Evergreen (S3 shape) ; middle left: Evergreen (SP shape). The other forest sets shown are all T3.

All shapes of woods are available in eleven foliage styles (including those for Winter) which can be seen in the following sets and test mock-ups:

Deciduous

Deciduous prototype foliage style
Deciduous prototype foliage style

A standard tree with green branches for extra verdance and mid green foliage (now using two leaf shades) .

Light Oak

Prototype light oak, again with 6mm miniatures for scale
Prototype light oak, again with 6mm miniatures for scale

Standard dark brown branches with light green 'Spring growth', which has now been upgraded as per all other green trees using a blend of two greens.

Dark Oak

Dark oak triangular set in prototype single colour mid green.
Dark oak triangular set in prototype single colour mid green.

Standard deciduous leaves on dark brown branches (now upgraded to two-tone green).

Evergreen

New style two-tone evergreen.
New style two-tone evergreen.

Blue-green pine effect foliage on dark branches. Pictured is the new type of foliage using a two leaf colour mix.

Early Autumn

Early Autumn wood in the new three-tone foliage.
Early Autumn wood in the new three-tone foliage.

The leaves on the trees in this wood are just beginning to turn. I decided on three leaf colours for this forest type simply because by the nature of the tree type, it looked so much better this way!

Late Autumn

Late Autumn wood with new foliage style.
Late Autumn wood with new foliage style.

Dark brown branches visible through new style copper beech and yellow leaves.

Blossom

Trees in blossom
Trees in blossom

A darkish tree in flower (eg Sycamore, Rhodedendron).

Winter styles

From top left clockwise: snowy, bare branches, heavy frost & light frost.
From top left clockwise: snowy, bare branches, heavy frost & light frost.

Bare Branches

Most of the leaves have fallen.

Light Frost

Just a dusting.

Heavy Frost

Thick frost.

Snowy

An extension of the heavy frost level, branches are completely covered by 'snow'.

I look forward to hearing your feedback and suggestions.

Shipping

I am intending to charge only for postage & packing at cost. With luck I will get some delivered for Christmas but for most it will be something to look forward to in the New Year!

UK signed: £5

Worldwide signed: £10-15 depending on destination & volume

Risks and challenges

These scenic items have been tried and tested in my wargames for a number of years, with no noticeable wear and tear.
Aside from making random shaped forest sections when developing the concept for my own use, I have timed the making of a few test sets, costed the materials and of course, shipping. Being self-employed, I can devote as much time as necessary for the completion of orders.
If all goes well, I hope to develop an extension range for 15mm-28mm miniatures.

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    Pledge £15 or more About $19

    Seed

    One set of three Deciduous forests, perfect for small skirmishes.

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    Pledge £28 or more About $35

    Shoot

    One each of Deciduous and Evergreen forest sets, great for smaller games.

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    • Evergreen Forest Set
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    Pledge £56 or more About $70

    Sapling

    All four Spring/Summer green forest sets, good for decent sized games or heavily wooded landscapes.

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    • Evergreen Forest Set
    • Light Oak Forest Set
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    Pledge £81 or more About $102

    Tree

    All four of the Spring/Summer green forests plus both of the Autumnal forests for monster multiplayer games.

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    • Evergreen Forest Set
    • Light Oak Forest Set
    • Dark Oak Forest Set
    • Early Autumn Forest Set
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    Pledge £95 or more About $119

    Early Bird Tree

    The full compliment of all seven Spring/Summer/Autumn tree sets including the forest in blossom style for gamers who have to get the lot!

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    • Deciduous Forest Set
    • Evergreen Forest Set
    • Light Oak Forest Set
    • Dark Oak Forest Set
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    • Late Autumn Forest Set
    • Blossom Forest Set
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    Pledge £189 or more About $237

    Early Bird All Year Round Tree

    The complete range of Spring, Summer & Autumn forests plus an equivalent number of Frosty & Snowy tree canopies for gamers who run Winter campaigns too. Free shipping!

    Includes:
    • Deciduous Forest Set
    • Evergreen Forest Set
    • Light Oak Forest Set
    • Dark Oak Forest Set
    • Early Autumn Forest Set
    • Late Autumn Forest Set
    • Blossom Forest Set
    • Frosty/Snowy Forest Sets x 7
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