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There are so many ways of doing grass for landscaping.  I've never had to landscape as yet and would like to do it as realistically as possible but I spent most of the night dreaming of the different ways of creating it!  There's static grass, either the type you buy or you can make it using florists foam or sawdust.  There's a range of grasses attached to paper or other.  Or there's moss which you can again, cut up and scatter similar to static grass.  I'm aiming for the unkempt meadow look, I have a range of different bits of greenery that I have collected over the years.  But now feeling stuck, unable to move forward until I can choose which way to do grass!!!  Would love people's opinions please!!

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For the unkempt meadow look probbly randomly clipping various types of mosses and scattering them over your glue covered surface (randomly painted dirt & debris colored) sould give the most realistic effect.

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I've been looking at grass myself and came across a few videos that really helped explain what could be done realistically.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9doHdoBpcZ0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFXgSky6JMU

There are many static grass applicators on the market with some being quite pricey. I bought one that was much more reasonable. Of course I haven't used it yet so I can't vouch for how it does. It did have a number of positive reviews. 

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6 hours ago, NellBell said:

This one sounds a bit odd but I did see one done with fur and painted . It did look really good. Jennifer's miniature on Face book and she used this original site 

http://www.finescalerr.com/smf/index.php?topic=1999.0&fbclid=IwAR3cx_QrUDyBJZz28Y1LjsMWQR0gz9l0-RejCmcspHo3cqFTTduDIoHRD88

Wow - it does look good and very much how I'd like it to turn out!  it actually looks really doable and I think there might be some fur in our stash somewhere.....dashes off to look......Thanks Nell!!!!

5 hours ago, blueirishmoon said:

I've never used this, but the site says for 1" scale, it's an overgrown look, which sounds like what you want?

https://www.miniatures.com/Grass-Mat-P28793.aspx

Thanks Cynthia!  Love the look but things are taking sooooo long to arrive here in NZ and I just don't want to order anything more from overseas while postage around the world is so, tricky!  

10 hours ago, havanaholly said:

For the unkempt meadow look probbly randomly clipping various types of mosses and scattering them over your glue covered surface (randomly painted dirt & debris colored) sould give the most realistic effect.

Thanks Holly - I will probably end up doing that as well.  I have collected so much moss, shrubs etc - real and fake!  I think I'll try the fur first and add in the moss afterwards!!  Thank you all!!!!

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2 hours ago, WBrownIV said:

I've been looking at grass myself and came across a few videos that really helped explain what could be done realistically.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9doHdoBpcZ0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFXgSky6JMU

There are many static grass applicators on the market with some being quite pricey. I bought one that was much more reasonable. Of course I haven't used it yet so I can't vouch for how it does. It did have a number of positive reviews. 

Ooops....I hadn't refreshed so I missed your comment Bill!  I'll be really interested to see how you get on with the static grass.  I just can't get my head around that.......oooooohhhh....just watched the first video.  So the applicator has some sort of charge which makes the 'grass' strands stand up........Oooohhh....that's really interesting.....I might have to try a few different techniques!!!!

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I've seen some amazing photos of Static Grass. It looks elaborate and for serious rr modelers. You have to use a tool to get the grass to stand up. The photos show very realistic meadows.

I have a grass mat I found at a railroad shop -  that can be cut (it's a big roll of flocky fabric papery stuff) and what I love about it is that it has a mix of colors like real grass - different greens but also some yellow and brown - like dead grass! I love it. Do I landscape? No I'm afraid to - but I've got some stuff like this grass and some gritty grainy groundcover for sprinkling to play with when I get up the nerve.

https://www.trainsetsonly.com/woodland-scenics-static-grass-field-system-medium-green-14-7mm-fibers-fs622.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIx9uZjdPW6QIVEfDACh0F5gkyEAQYAiABEgJ4X_D_BwE

http://www.gatewaynmra.org/2018/step-by-step-modeling-nature-static-grass/

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I have roll out mats like this one by Noch:

https://shop.noch.com/product-categories/model-landscaping/grass-meadows-fields/grass-mat-meadow-200-x-100-cm-00013.html

it will be a simpler putting green look than the static grass meadows  but I think it will be fine for a little grass around a house with mostly flowers taking up the space.

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17 hours ago, Elsbeth said:

I have roll out mats like this one by Noch:

https://shop.noch.com/product-categories/model-landscaping/grass-meadows-fields/grass-mat-meadow-200-x-100-cm-00013.html

it will be a simpler putting green look than the static grass meadows  but I think it will be fine for a little grass around a house with mostly flowers taking up the space.

Thanks for that Jenn!  I've actually bought a bit of 'fur' today to try using that for the long grass.  Plus after looking into it more I'm going to get a static grass applicator to try.  I'll get a cheaper type from Aliexpress to have a play.  I've decided to add in a stream too! :D 

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On 5/27/2020 at 8:30 PM, NellBell said:

This one sounds a bit odd but I did see one done with fur and painted . It did look really good. Jennifer's miniature on Face book and she used this original site 

http://www.finescalerr.com/smf/index.php?topic=1999.0&fbclid=IwAR3cx_QrUDyBJZz28Y1LjsMWQR0gz9l0-RejCmcspHo3cqFTTduDIoHRD88

I LOVE this! Thanks for posting.... I have oodles of fur material leftover from various costumes and was mulling over how to make the yard surrounding the haunted beacon hill - which needs to be done before I can start the house! I just ordered four shades of Rit Dyemore (which I’m hoping takes better on the synthetic material) and will make an attempt to do this! Love the idea of different controlled levels of grass, especially when the cemetery goes in! 

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I use those sheets of grass for my half scale landscaping and I live it. The sheets are thin so can go over contours on your landscaping. I then randomly sprinkle tiny bits of different coloured foam (also the model railroad turf stuff) to break up the evenness of the grass and to look like weeds. I also use the loose grass to make clumps next to walls or in gardens. 

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9 hours ago, shannonc60 said:

I use those sheets of grass for my half scale landscaping and I live it. The sheets are thin so can go over contours on your landscaping. I then randomly sprinkle tiny bits of different coloured foam (also the model railroad turf stuff) to break up the evenness of the grass and to look like weeds. I also use the loose grass to make clumps next to walls or in gardens. 

Normally I'd go with something like that, but given that I want long grass, and it's 1:12.....Even the static grass may be a little short but I figure I can mix it up.  Looking forward to having a play.

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1 hour ago, Shareb said:

Normally I'd go with something like that, but given that I want long grass, and it's 1:12.....Even the static grass may be a little short but I figure I can mix it up.  Looking forward to having a play.

I think the fur, at least in patches, would give the look you're going for.

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20 hours ago, havanaholly said:

I think the fur, at least in patches, would give the look you're going for.

Yes!  Completely agree.

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