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Posted by jordanuk, on 2007-07-07 05:25:56
hi people. im updating my sets to make them look more realistic for my next film and i want to replace the grass, ive used railway modelling grass mat but know i dont think it looks effective enough, what could i replace it with? i dont want it pricy , but just alot of teeny revamps of sets to make them look better. cheers
Posted by Greyguy, on 2007-07-07 06:41:51
Depends on the scale you want ,,but short fake fur(white) painted with acrylics makes a great grass ,, the paint will make it stiff to keep it from moving also!
Posted by HHaase, on 2007-07-07 18:51:12
Which grass matting were you using previously? There are the basic green sand looking ones, and there are some which are very realistic looking. Some of the Silflor line are just fantastic looking in smaller scales. Unfortunately, it can get pricey if you are doing a lot of area it. It may also be bit too small scale for your needs.
Posted by jordanuk, on 2007-07-07 13:26:33
Posted by jordanuk, on 2007-07-08 03:58:22
i used just 2 different shades of grass mat from railway hobbying shops etc that stuff looks coool i wonder if it available in the uk?
Posted by Nick H, on 2007-07-08 22:29:55
Those Silfor mats look great!
This model railway stuff is made for very small scales though, s there is a limit to how much you can use it in bigger scales. A lawn in 1:48 scale may look like moss in 1:8 or 1:6 scale sets made for puppets.
I get yellowish tawny shades of fur fabric, and dip it in watered-down green acrylic paint, then brush it with a stiff scrubbing brush and let it dry. I don't try to make it bright green, just varying levels of greenish. Desert grasses are pretty yellowish anyway. The good fur fabric has various shades in it already, so you don't get a flat dead looking color. Usually I cut the fabric into small tufts rather than have a smooth lawn, but it depends on the set.
Some FREE materials for making textured ground are used coffee grounds, used tea leaves, coarse sawdust or the even coarser stuff you get from drilling holes in particle board (drilldust?). Put glue on your set, sprinkle some on, then spray/splatter with different shades of watered down brown and green paint.
You can also tear upholstery foam into small irregular pieces (or try chopping it in the blender, but don't tell your mum I suggested it), soak it in watery paint in different shades, then dry it, and it can look like fine foliage. You can spray glue some branches and sprinkle this stuff on. It's good for an impression of foliage in the distance, not up really close where you would see every leaf.