Yesterday my flute riddled accomplice, Juzzy came over to do some of his legendarily slow painting. His wife released him only on the condition that he took charge of his enormous brood of two children for the afternoon. So while Juzzy very, very slowly added static grass to the bases of this Song of Blades and Heroes warband while keeping 14 month of Leo distracted, 5 year old Elana and I made some topiary animals.
And here, with the aid of photos of my progress, are professional reeeeeeeely small hippos, Grotlana (and her trusty plush orc) and Leegrot to explain the process!
When choosing critters for topiary, always buy the cheap ones you will not care about, don't use your Schleich collection! Also, try for things with fairly large feet. The zebra above, having small feet, and being a bit warped, fell off three times during painting and flocking. Which explains his rather bald side. The leopard on the other hand, possessing nice big paws, was as solid as a very solid thing carved from a bush.
And all of this has merely been a warm-up for the unbelievable might of the next TFH ishoo, where we tackle that most foul of eldritch horrors, the CTHULHU HEDGE MAZE! (lightning, thunder, over-head lights flicker, bats appear from no where and fly around dramatically, loud organ music, gasps from audience, monocles pop out and ladies faint.)