okay Grim, I'll see what I can do.. I think the normal map is already pretty strong though.. I couldnt have a worse TOD right now as its the default one..
I agree about the shape from the side, however when i vary it up it looks like there are branches just all mangled rather than the more natural evenness that these tree's show in RL. They are oddly symmetrical. I'll see if I can add a hint of it without going overboard.
The dead branches were pretty costly, but I think for the more HP versions it was totally worth it.. I can easily Billboard the branches from far away if the LOD system gets fixed.
Thanks for the constructive crits Grim, i'll see if I can push these tree's to perfection!