How to build a simple static grass diorama display base for scale models

How to build a simple static grass diorama display base for scale models


Okay so today we’re going to make a
simple static grass base for scale models. This is the base we’re going to
be using – you can find these in craft shops dollar stores all over the place –
you don’t have to pay a lot of money for them. I think this one cost me a dollar
or two. So on the base itself, the wood is is too flat, too perfect so I’ve mixed up
some sculptamold and I’m just spreading out on the surface. At the end I just spread out the Sculptamold a little bit more to smooth it out Make sure there are not too large variations in the surface. And once the Sculptamold had dried for 24 hours I mixed up some
cheap artist’s acrylic paint. This is burnt umber mixed it with water and just
covering the surface making sure none of the white is visible. And then I mixed up some acrylic black
paint as well and just went around the wooden base just to give it a decent
finish. So I used 4.5mm static
grass. I had two colors: beige and this kind of spring bright green color. as you can see they’re a uniform so I
mix them together to give some variation. The static grass came out of the back quite
clumpy so I just tried to break that down a little bit to get a better mix. So I still wasn’t happy with the color
here so I threw in a little bit of this mixed summer grass which came with my static grass applicator just to break it up a bit more. And this is the final mix
with lots of color variation. So once the acrylic paints are dried on
the base I covered it with woodland Scenic’s scenic glue but equally you can use PVA glue and just water down a little bit
too. Once the base was covered with glue it’s just the case of putting the first
application on using the static grass applicator. Now at this stage after the first
application it looks a little bit patchy there’s still lots of the brown visible.
That’s not a problem, the key is just layer it up bit by bit. So here I used to
prepare to get more glue onto the base. The edges tend to be the area where the
grass fails to stick so I’m trying to concentrate on those. And then I just added a second layer of
grass. And to really increase the coverage a
third layer of grass as well. Each time between these layers I’m just gently
tipping the base up just to make any grass that’s not stuck fall off and I
can recover that and use it again. I added one final application of grass and here’s the final base. The scenic
glue which is currently a little bit white will dry completely clear so it
won’t be visible on the final base. 4.5mm grass means it’s perfect for
1/48 scale or 1/35 scale models. I guess you could get away with other size
models as well I just don’t have any to try with. So the whole process here probably took
a few hours of work. The main time was waiting for the Sculptamold to dry
overnight.

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