Ok here is the step by step for the pine braches of the Halbe dio:
The branches are made from small roots. Weeds and bushes from the backyard or tree trunks on construction sites are the best sources. The more branched the roots are the better (I already used the best ones I had for the dio)
The selected parts from the root.
Pines as those seen around Halbe have a destinctive red bark. A coat of diluted Vallejo 929 Light Brown or 860 Medium Fleshtone does the job.
After the fine parts are harvested, the thicker parts of the root are broken up and also treated with the reddish filter. Care should be taken to keep the wash from the yellow, splintered areas. These look already like the real thing!
The pine needles are made from static grass. To get a pale pine green shade, I mixed dark green and light green grass form Noch (=Woodland scenics repackaged for the Swiss / german market) in a 50/50 ratio.
Grass glue from Noch is slightly diluted with water to fix the needles to the branches. The advantage of this railroad glue over Wallmart white glue is that it dries dead flat.
The thinned glue is brushed on the roots. To get a realistic effect the needles have to be fixed in little separate bushels. Real pine branches are not completely covered with needles as fir tree branches.
The needles are flocked over the glued areas. At the beginning the drops of glue are still visible but because of the thinning they will disappear when they have dried.
The finished branches:
PS: To post this, I had to delete the pictures in the previous thread. You can still see those here: