The trees are from various plastic dinosaur and army men sets, but they are unstable and prone to falling over if the table is bumped. I have been building up a number of paper trees with heavy bases that are more stable. They are real ink drainers and take up a lot of storage space due to the bases, but are very stable and look great. I just don't have enough yet to replace the plastic.
I have some great paper trees myself (and a few that are less great, but it took some exploring to find ones that worked well), but don't sell those plastic ones short just because they're tippy. Have you considered basing them? You could use large miniature bases if you have extras lying around, or you could cut random shapes out of masonite hardboard, and stick the trees on with a hot glue gun. Some white glue, sand and pebbles, and craft paint, and you'd have some very serviceable miniature trees.
If you want to paint the trees themselves, Krylon Ultra Mat paint with "Fusion Technology" is super effective as an inexpensive primer for plastic. Then your miniature paint or craft paint will stick to it really well. I'd finish with a coat of clear mat varnish. Then you'd have some really dope trees!
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That might be well worth the effort. I'll give it a try after we move and get settled in. I'm certainly not going to ditch these old friends in after the good service they have given me over the years and since I'm not going to stop buying plastic dinosaurs and army men, I'm going to be getting more plastikc trees and rocks in the future.
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I have some trees like that and I made a thick card base for them that was slightly larger than than the canopy. I printed the Battlefield texture on plain paper and glued it to the card for quick texture. They're much sturdier now.
squirmydad: dafrca - thank you for the paperminis.
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dafrca: Thank you for the new title.
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forgedchaos: Nah we need a gold team!
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uptrainfan89: I agree, lots of awesome stuff going on! Side note now we just need a green team lol!
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okumarts: Exciting times on the CW forum!
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squirmydad: I have now started conversations with all 3,174 forum members.
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squirmydad: Yes, I was playing with color coding for group membership and with the ranking stars. Some membership tweaks coming soon.
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wyvern: So Blue is Illuminator Scribes, Black is Publishers, and Red is Admin plus everybody who isn't black and blue. Is that right? Or did some of us just fall down the stairs to end up black & blue? Looking interestingly different, regardless!
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oldschooldm: I'm so blue....
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uptrainfan89: Go Blue Team. Lol!
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squirmydad: It means you can vote in the next Papercuts Showcase. Illuminated Scribes are members who have contributed to the community.
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okumarts: I say... things are looking spiffy on here
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Coyotepunc: Oh MY! I seem to be an Illuminator Scribe now. I have no idea what that means
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