Over the years, I’ve made quite a few palm trees for wargaming. And over time, my methods and madness have changed leaving me with a variety of palm tree construction styles.
They are all basically the same but with subtle variations. I plan to use as many of the older style palms as I can for this project but still have the bases blend well with the current style trees that I have been making more recently.
I have plenty of the old trees so now I need to make the new ones for these bases. So, here goes… This I how I currently make palm trees.
I start with 18 gauge wire cutting it to length. To the ends of these I apply white permanent label stickers to plain white card stock paper (I use plain index cards) sandwiching the wire between the two.
Next I bend and shape the wire stems before gathering them into a collection of roughly palm tree shape. I wrap this bundle in speaker wire to hold its shape and position. The wire wrap allows the fronds to be further bent into shape before their final wrapping with hemp twine.
The shade was all wrong so rather than re spray the trees white I went to work layering. Four more colors and the fronds look okay. On to the trunk…
The trunk was pretty basic, paint the whole trunk Dark Chocolate then wash it with a mix of Dark Chocolate and black.