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Baobab Tree

Postby CADmonkey » Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:02 pm

There've been a few requests for a breakdown of how I build the baobab trees (named because of their resemblance to illustrations of the trees that constantly threatened the little prince's tiny home planet) that I often use in my Rapid Attack games. Thery're not terribly complex constructions, but I've taken some photos for a step-by-step guide:

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Parts by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

1 x Plate 6 x 6
4 x Brick, Round 2 x 2 with Axle Hole
1 x Plate, Round 2 x 2 with Pin Hole and 4 Arms Up
1 x Plant, Tree Palm Top
20 x Plant Leaves 6 x 5

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Step 1 by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

The base. The crown of the baobab is fairly wide, making it top-heavy, so a plate of some sort is needed for a base. I use a 6x6 plate typically. A smaller plate would probably also work, and a larger plate would still fit under the foliage, depending on your taste.

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Step 2 by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

Add a 2x2 round brick.

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Step 3 by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

And another 2x2 round brick.

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Step 4 by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

And a third. Now the trunk alone is tall enough to count as cover!

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Step 5 by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

Now add the round plate with arms. And now we're ready to start adding foliage!

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Step 6 by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

Start adding foliage. First four leaves, one on each arm.

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Step 7 by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

More foliage. There's room enough on the arms for another leaf on each (4). Spread the leaves out to make the crown look fuller.

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Step 8 by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

Add another round brick before adding more foliage.

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Step 9 by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

More foliage! Add four leaves, one on each stud of the 2x2 round brick.

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Step 10 by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

The top of the crown. Add a palm top to the axle hole of the round brick, you can still make a firm connection with the single layer of leaves on top of the brick.

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Step 11 by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

Even MORE foliage! As with the four-armed plate below, add a leaf to each arm of the palm top.

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Step 12 by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

Final step. Add four more leaves to the palm top arms, spreading them out to create a thick, verdant canopy.

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Completed Tree by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

Now you have a tree which provides rather substantial cover (it takes 4 points of damage to reduce it enough that it won't count as cover). And it's also great fun to blow up!

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Frame's Eye View by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

How a baobab tree would look to a frame pilot. I often also add small sloped bricks to the base around the trunk to represent roots, and sometimes bits of vegetation or small animals for visual interest.

If you wish, you can add extra levels of leaves to make these trees taller and also more resilient. Personally though, I think that these pieces of cover are already tough enough. I prefer cover that frames can't simply hide behind for multiple rounds.

When I first built these, I wasn't thinking of the climbing & elevation rules. But this construction is 6 bricks high, and the top of the crown is much wider than 4 studs in area, so it meets the definition of terrain that a frame can climb for an elevation advantage.

Although I didn't intend it, my inclination has been to say "yes" to players who ask "can my frame climb this tree?". Because allowing a frame to climb a piece of terrain is more interesting than not allowing it.
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Re: Baobab Tree

Postby spacemonkey » Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:17 pm

I've seen these in your battle reports and now that I can see how they go together I'm even more impressed. :)
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Re: Baobab Tree

Postby CADmonkey » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:03 am

Thanks! I started building them when a couple of local stores put their Banana Balance sets on sale. Each set came with 12 leaves and a palm top, and I said to myself "hey, trees". They ended up turning out pretty well.
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Re: Baobab Tree

Postby KungFujiApple » Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:59 pm

Very nice breakdown for a very nice piece of terrain :)
- I am also on Flickr
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