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Making a Tree Herder

As a young family we usually have a pretty tight budget when it comes to our Kings of War hobby, always electing to spend time making something ourselves if it will be more affordable.  So when my workplace was throwing out some damaged wire (heavy duty stuff we use to tie cardboard bales when we empty the compacter) I started thinking how I could use it, and about my wife needing a tree herder for her elf army.
I started off just blindly experimenting with the process, there are probably tutorials on the internet on better ways to do this but I didn't seek them out. Unfortunatly I forgot to start taking pictures for the beginning of this project.
I bent the wire into a a basic (headless) humanoid shape using ovals for arms and legs and bent cut up paperclips onto the arm ovals and shaped into fingers, then using boxing tape I started wrapping the frame until I had a somewhat solid surface.  You will also see in the pictures below that I came to a point where I had a large cavity in the stomach, instead of filling it all the way in I left it somewhat hollow thinking we could figure out some way to use it to make the figure more unique. 
When I got the frame wrapped I still needed a head, and at this point I was honestly a little disapointed in the results.  I figured I could soldier on to see how it all turned out while getting experiance down so that I could improve on the process later if this model ended up being a wash.  Since the pressure was off and this was all one big experiment anyway I just mashed a ball together of the tape I was using forming some semblance of a mouth/face and stuck it it in the middle of the shoulder area.
With the tape body formed I took more paper clips and twisted them together leaving the ends flared out on one end at different angles to form branches, then I wrapped it with more tape and stabbed the straight end into the tape that forms the Herder's body.  Next up I visited the nearest tree and peeled off some bark to help round out parts of the body and help form the desired appearance.  I broke a piece of bark into several smaller pieces to form some of the features of a face, as well as some small pieces to line fingers and frame in the chest cavity.

Next I took some DAP drywall spackle and started spreading it on the model, I avoided the wood parts I had already glued on and tried to cover all the exposed tape I could easily reach.  First up I did the legs and up to the waist using water to spread around the spackle, when it started to thicken I took a piece of bark and imprinted the design of it onto the filler (soaked the bark in water first to avoid it sticking) to try and help form the look I was looking for.  You can see the results a little better on the herder's back.  

Next up was prime time.  I use a medium gray Krylon matte primer for everything, nothing fancy there (nothing fancy about any part of this project, I reckon).  I snapped some more shots of it to share with my group for progress reports and then passed it on to Beth for her to begin painting.
Beth used some strange form of wet blending to paint the bark skin of the Herder, the exact colors she used are lost on me, but I feel like she did a great job with it.  When I saw this first pass of paint on him I started to feel pretty good about how he was going to turn out, he was finally starting to look like a monster tree!
I was feeling pretty pleased at this point with how it had turned out so far, I still was not sure if it would turn out looking great in the end but I was finally able to envision a finished product when I look at him. 
She began trying to build up a glowing green effect in the stomach cavity and in the eyes/mouth and put a base coat on the branches.  While she took a break on painting I built a somehwat basic base for the herder, as you can see I almost made his stance too wide for the 50mm base,  I also raided the cabinets for a few dried lentils then glued them to small pieces of toothpics to make mushrooms which I put in the stomach cavity and randomly in a couple other spots.
Beth finished up her paint job with the green glow and the toadstools, then we laid down a few more small additions to the base trying to fill it up a little more.  I also used a somehwat frayed string we had laying around to try and make a vine wrapping around his right arm.  We would stain it and add a little flock in the next stages, but I am still a little mixed on that addition.  All that was left was the flocking, in some of the pictures you can see the beginnings of the small "branches" to hold the flock on the limbs. 
For the small branches to hold the flock I used a unraveled twine rope and cut off a lot of small sections, then I covered the limbs in pva and sprinkled the pieces of twine all over the glue.  I repeated this process a few times on each limb.  After it all was dried I went back and covered the small pieces of twine in glue, then it was time to sprinkle my flock over them.  I also repeated this process several times, thicking up the branches each time.
I also did a few more rope vines using a strand of twine dipped in PVA and dragged through a pile of a more grainy flock.  This process, as well, was repeated a couple times to thicken up the vine.  After that was done I took several pieces of thick flock and painted them different colors, then applied small pieces on the vines to represent flowers. 
Finally we had a finished product:
I was really pleased with the outcome of this project, the wife is really happy with it and the fact that it is something we worked together on just makes it even better.  I'm sure he is not everyone's cup of tea and I don't have the talent of
many in this community who could probably improve on this process, but I hope you all enjoyed the walk through and I hope that it gave you some ideas you can use in future projects!
Thanks for reading, and let us know what you think about the Tree Herder!