Looks like a really great start, and it's encouraging to see all the crypts doing well!! Nice work!
In terms of hardscape, I would express a little concern about adding too much. Yes, the wood is from The Great Barr, but he would certainly agree that sometimes "less is more." I wouldn't put all of those branches in there; you will create an eyesore and draw attention away from the crypts. Hardscape should compliment the tank, not demand attention. Besides, taking a few branches out will give the buce's more room to grow and make it look more natural.
Of course, it is difficult to really comment with much certainty until I see the wood next to, or in front of, the tank for perspective. "Branchy-er" is the best way to go, and I would probably start on the left and trail it off to the right.
My two cents, at least.
So I really have been thinking about what you said about making it more branchier and less piling. I've also read one of amano's articles about driftwood placement and have been really researching different styles of dw placement. And without further ado here is what I've come up with. I'm really happy with it and I think that I'll really enjoy planting with it and be able to really enjoy it for years to come. I boiled the wood pieces and should be putting it all together next week sometime!
I also made a sketch with my vision for the future when it grows out.
Its all I could do to superimpose the wood in relation with the tank.
So as a description for the sketch.
Everything outlined is a piece of hardscape.
Essentially , I plan on pulling out everything in the front of the tank except for the Crypt Affinis 'Metallic Red'. Other than that, I plan on replanting most of the plants around this hardscape to make it look more natural and create that "nature just took over" look
The stems in the back middle are Hygro corymbosa and Hygro sp "brown". All along the middle DW branch will be Buce. Lamandau purple. Behind that will be Buce. Golden Bell. And behind that forming the bush infront of the stems will be Buce. Bukit Betung.
All of my buces are putting out baby plantlets so I should be able to get a good start on the placement.
My buce inspiration:
Credit to Ragn4rok, (I'll take down the pic if you don't want me to have it posted here.)
Lastly, on the tips of the DW, i plan on trying out different species of moss. Maybe fissidens on the bare right two in the sketch.
Lemme know what you think,