Sunday, 22 March 2015

Making Hedges - A quick tutorial

Here's a quick 'how to' for making what I think are rather nice hedges for your wargames table... It starts with strip of plastic-card, about 6 inches long and an inch wide. You could use MDF or even ordinary card - although paper-based card is prone to warping. Cover them in PVA, then sand / grit, paint to match your terrain and apply a garnish of static grass. Voila!

Tip - To help prevent any warping or curling of the plastic-card when the glue/sand dries, I 'bent' them for a few days before applying the glue and sand, by putting a kebab stick under them and weighing the ends with piles of books. The end result was that they are flat.

This pic gives you a slightly better idea of scale.

I then glue (smelly 'all-purpose' glue!) on pieces of roughly torn Woodland Scenics clump foliage - using three colours, Light / Medium / Dark green. These are available from many model shops or on-line. Each bag is about £8 but will make a LOT of hedge. I estimate that each one of these hedge strips has cost me about 40p. Good value I reckon. Plus it only took two-to-three evenings to make 60 inches of hedge.

Here they are providing Phil's beleagured Paras with some much needed shelter during a game of Chain of Command.

Hope you found that useful.


Paul O'G said...

Good stuff Matt. And if want to make them bocage just build up the base with some clay or something before you start to give it extra height.

Ray Rousell said...

Great looking hedges Matt!

Tiago Vitorino said...

Great!! I'll do some for me too eheheh
Thanks Matt ;)

Rodger said...

They look fantastic Matt!