The woods discussed earlier are finally beginning to take shape! So far I've managed to finish a swampy section using a couple of Heki tall trees bounted on a Warbases long vehicle base, and two copses of Noch mixed trees mounted on 4Ground's forest bases with removable sections.
These are quite a handy idea, to allow figures to be easily deployed or moved through the woods; simply move some of the trees out of the way and place them around the figures to preserve the effect! the bases themselves come in two halves, a slightly larger lower section, and a smaller top section with removable blanks. The two sections are glued together, and the blanks taken out, and then simply posistion the trees to suit. If you weren't sold on the removable idea, you could just keep the blanks in situ, and fill the very slight gaps around them. For 28mm skirmish games I don't see any great need to remove the trees, as an average sized unit of individually based figures will comfortably fit around the trees, but they'll come into their own for smaller 15mm games with troops based in groups, or for moving vehicles through.
The swamp itself was created by leaving a blank area of MDF surrounded by filler. This blank area was painted Humbrol 29, and some ripples added using Revell matt varnish that had gone all thick and gloopy. Once set, this was painted with successive layers of Tamiya transparent paints (yellow, red, blue, green) until I arrived at a shade I was happy with. Then a couple of coats of Tamiya clear gloss to complete the effect. Some Army Painter Swamp Tufts were added for long grass/reeds growing up through the water. I'm quite happy with the effect achieved.
Trees with 28mm figures
Cheers for now