Creating topiaries for scatter terrain is cheap and easy.
You will need
- some wire or sticks for the stalks
- some polystyrene balls for the shapes
- some plastic end-caps for the planters (these are sold at hardware stores and are slotted into steel pipes or table legs)
- some flock (bags of this are available anywhere model trains are sold)
I used some thin galvanised baling wire I had lying around and so doubled it up to make it less flexible
Twist the bottom of the wire into a circle with long-nosed pliers and get the stalk centred.
- Attach the wire to the planter – I used a mixture of sand and glue but hot glue or epoxy putty or anything else is fine
- Cover the stalk with white glue
- Jam on the polystyrene ball and cover the stalk with sand too
- Paint the ball brown (I used straight Tamiya Acrylic Flat Brown)
- Cover it with white glue
- Lightly sprinkle tea leaves or leaf scatter (to represent older growth)
- Cover it with fine green scatter
- Pour some glue into the planter
- Cover the bottom with more scatter and sprinkle in some of the leave scatter
I tried a variety of materials for the shapes – polystyrene, steel wool and (for the triangular shape below) kitchen sponge carved with a knife.
They all gave pleasing results and were easy to mass produce
This represented about an hour of work (excluding the drying time)