miniature castle set part 6

So by now most of the drybrushing paint has been applied. Now for some fun stuff.

The hobby store/train store sells terrain elements from a company called Woodland Scenics. They are jars of grass, bushes, trees, gravel, etc.

This is a fine grass medium.

fine grass

fine grass

Grab some white glue, throw a blob in a dish and add some water. Stir until the glue dissolves.

tacky glue

tacky glue

I have used tacky glue, and also Elmer’s glue. You need something that dries clear and will dissolve in water.

Elmer's

Elmer’s

You can make it thick or make it thin depending on where you are going to apply it.

glue water mix

glue water mix

I use a brush to dab it on.

dabbing glue

dabbing glue

Then I sprinkle some green grass particles.

sprinkle

sprinkle

The particles will stick to the glue. Any excess glue will dry clear. You can always go back and add more later.

magic

magic

See ? magic grass patch. They sell different colors and textures. Remember to only add glue where you want grass to be. Grass grows on pretty horizontal areas. If you have a rock that is super steep, grass or plants are not as likely to land there and grow. In the steep areas, you can leave bare rock showing through.

example

example

If you don’t have access to the Woodland Scenics products you can make your own. The above photo is sawdust that was thrown in a bucket with some green paint. Stir it all around, then set it out to dry. You can even microwave it in small time chunks to help dry it out, or place in a shallow pan in the sun. Once dry, store in an airtight container.

black gravel

black gravel

They also sell black and white gravel. I will add some black gravel in the same manner. A little tip for you: if you add a few drops of dishwashing detergent to the glue/water mix it will cut the surface tension and allow the glue mixture to sink quicker into the grass. You can also put your watery glue mixture in a spray bottle and spray it on. You can even spray lightly over existing grass to help seal in any loose bits later.

growing vegetation

growing vegetation

See the magic yet? Take it slowly and be precise with your vegetation planting. Make sure it makes sense where you place it. If you decide your vegetation needs water then place it where the landscape would receive water if it was real.

grass

grass

Now this looks good enough already to start filming. But the more layers you add the more realistic it will be. It is up to you to determine how many layers of different vegetation you desire.

Go ahead, play landscaper, have some fun.

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