Pursuing my quest to find the most difficult ways to make trees for war gaming, I picked up two boxes of GW's Citadel Woods. I'll be honest with you. I bought these thinking they would be easier than Woodlands Scenic trees. But you'll be pleased to know these trees were every bit of a bitch to put together as Woodlands Scenic.
I guess I like them well enough. They will help fill my table with terrain, and trees work for any type of game. Here's how they came out.
So here's where these trees are not so cool. First, the foliage pieces don't stay attached very well. Ironically, they fall from the trees like leaves. Go figure. I thought I could avoid this by completely drilling out the holes and pushing the branches through them. No dice. They still fall off. Also, the foliage pieces have a definite up and down facing that you don't realize until you've started to paint them. One side has more detailing and depth, clearly meant to be the topside. I didn't figure that out until about five minutes ago.
The bases are a nice feature of these sets. I don't have any good "forest area" pieces and thought these would work for that. The bases even fit together to make a continuous forest section. The allegedly cool idea is that you can remove the trees from the bases when you put models in the forest. Well, the trees are removable.
The trees actually remove themselves for you. All the time. Every time you touch them, and even sometimes when you don't. You see, unless you precisely balanced your limb and foliage placements your tree is going to be unstable. Heaven forbid you did something vain and stupid like arranging the trees in a way that looked cool to you. The good news is there appears to be definite ways to put certain trees in the base. Figuring that out is practically a mini puzzle game in itself. Well played, GW!
So now I have more trees. I don't look forward to making additional trees. But I know I need more to fill the table. I'll save that for a future date when I'm having such a good time that I need something to bring me down. Fiddling with trees always seems to do that for me.