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diorama grass question
americanpanzer
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Posted: Friday, June 12, 2015 - 07:24 AM UTC
planning a diorama using Woodland Scenics static grass (light, medium, & dark green); should I mix some colors right off or put down a base color then lightly "salt" it with another to break the monotony? any suggestions welcome; thanks
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Posted: Friday, June 12, 2015 - 07:34 PM UTC
I would mix the static grass in the jar, as it will be difficult putting down a second, and third separate layer over the first. Also a random distribution from a mixed jar will look more natural. Although, for patches of dead grass, I would do them separately.
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Posted: Friday, June 12, 2015 - 09:46 PM UTC
I second Biggles' suggestion. Many moons ago, I tried "layering" different colors, and that's exactly what it looked like,, layered,, which is certainly not natural. And even with your various greens, you might mix a small amount of browns, or "dead" grass, cause unless your grass area is a manicured lawn of golf course, it won't all be a perfect green.
americanpanzer
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Posted: Friday, June 12, 2015 - 10:02 PM UTC
Thanks guys; sounds good to me; appreciate the help and feedback; cheers
jhoenig
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Posted: Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 04:44 AM UTC
Mix different heights of different colors in the jar
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Posted: Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 04:54 AM UTC
Concur.

This is W.S. static grass shaken on after random mixing of colors, but all the same lengths. Note the variations.

http://railroadmodeling.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=features&file=view&artid=3923&page=1
Biggles2
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Posted: Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 08:26 PM UTC
Too bad no one makes longer static grass for 1/35 scale. Or is there a size limit where static grass will actually work?
Biggles2
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Posted: Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 08:56 PM UTC
Did some checking and the longest now is 12mm. Not bad...at least it's longer than golf course grass.
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Posted: Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 08:59 PM UTC
ScenicExpress is a site that mainly caters to model Railroad groundwork folks, but they have staticgrass in 2mm, 4mm, 6mm, 10mm, and 12mm. They also stock awesome groundwork bit and dirt, etc. One of my primary resources for groundwork material, other than Mother Nature!

Stephen
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Posted: Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 10:29 PM UTC
Ditto. Most of their stuff is multi-scale, and will work for 1/35.
americanpanzer
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Posted: Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 11:12 PM UTC
thanks for the help and ideas; Frederick, thanks for the picture; that gives me a great idea of how it will look when mixed and spread; appreciate all the feedback; cheers