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    Morning all,

    Today question relates to the acquisition and preparation of suitable tree bark for use in basing and possibly terrain construction as well.

    Those of you who read Privateer Press' No Quarter magazine will no doubt have noticed the swamp basing article in the latest issue - while presented as a method for display bases, I'm seriously considering using that approach for my Trollblood army, especially with the upcoming release of Captain Gunnbjorn.

    One of the key elements in the article is tree bark, to provide shape and height to the base. However, it failed to mention where to acquire said bark, and what - if any - prep work you'd need to do with it to start with.

    I was hoping that you good folks at WAMP might be able to help me out in that regard.

    Any advice gratefully received.

    Cheers.
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    I haven't read the article you metioned but I've used bark as a basing material quite a few times. Easiest place to find it is some mulch that is laid down somewhere on the ground. Sometimes its too mashed to have good texture, but around my area you can find free handfulls on a good walk around the block. If you must buy some you can find it garden supply stores. Just wash/rinse with water real well and then dry it out completely.
    Skullcrats has a small bag of good chips in the basing kits if you want to pick up a nice kit while you are at it.

    Here was one mini I did a long time ago with bark chips:

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    • #3
      I would say woodchiping would be your best bet for game bases, anything else would be too big. As for prep I would follow Darklords Tut on using real plants on bases
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      • #4
        mybe just pull some of a tree? failing that playpark, someones garden etc, heck even the garden centre they usually have bits lying around on the floor anyway just stick a piece or two in your pocket
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        • #5
          if you're feeling like a really hardcore painter, you could pop down to the woods, find a suitable tree chop it down. Then cut it up into small useable pieces, once done cart it all home, LOL

          Otherwise you can buy bark chips from any suitable homebase type store, or garden centre or do what I do and pinch a hand full when you see it in the park.
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          • #6
            yes, these chips are good to represent rocks and can be found in garden stores in bags, although I usually take a rectangular piece of rock slate and break it to pieces with a hammer :) plus doing the appropriate manly sounds at the same time so I appear mean and purposeful... aaarhhhgg etc etc..
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            • #7
              It is Pine Bark, as said you can get it at garden centres in bags, but this can be broken up fairly small, a landscaping supply depot will have large pile of it you could pick nice size pieces from and I doubt they would charge you much, if anything at all, for a few handfulls.
              I have a ready supply down at my local park, they put it under the trees and bushes there.

              I just make sure it dry, brush the loose stuff of with an old toothebrush and wack the paint straight on.
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              • #8
                I'm using some pine bark mulch that I got several years ago from a garden center. It's really cheap (like $4 US for 3 cubic feet or so), and lots of variety.
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                • #9
                  Looks like I'm heading to B&Q, or possibly Wilkinson's, in the near future, then.
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                  • #10
                    I might be able to obtain you some of this as Hol uses it a lot at work I think.
                    I will make enquiries.
                    Are you saying Grade A, or Grey Day?

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                    • #11
                      It does made brilliant rock.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Dysartes View Post
                        Morning all,

                        Today question relates to the acquisition and preparation of suitable tree bark for use in basing and possibly terrain construction as well.

                        Those of you who read Privateer Press' No Quarter magazine will no doubt have noticed the swamp basing article in the latest issue - while presented as a method for display bases, I'm seriously considering using that approach for my Trollblood army, especially with the upcoming release of Captain Gunnbjorn.

                        One of the key elements in the article is tree bark, to provide shape and height to the base. However, it failed to mention where to acquire said bark, and what - if any - prep work you'd need to do with it to start with.

                        I was hoping that you good folks at WAMP might be able to help me out in that regard.

                        Any advice gratefully received.

                        Cheers.
                        Try you local nursery. Get a bag of bark chip mulch. Works just fine.
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                        • #13
                          Good thread, Nick I have never tried treebark as a basing material but certainly will now.

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                          • #14
                            Next time there's a meet-up that I'm at, I'll fetch the No Quarter with the basing article down with me, Shane.
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                            • #15
                              Thanks mate. I'd like a look

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