I have now done a final sketch for the backscene and decided to play around with some trees to see the effect. I had a few specimen trees recycled from previous layouts with some hedging. These have been temporarily placed in the scene and suddenly it is all starting to come to life;
Here you can see that I have also given some texture to the estuary sand and some water flowing from the river and starting to creep in around the ship.
Here an Oak tree (which in fact is on at least it’s third layout) is going provide a good scene blocker to reduce the view through the bridge to the fiddle yard.
Finally I have painted a small mock up of part of the backscene and placed it behind the trees to see the effect.
I think it is going to work well!!