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Building mini arts village street section
Posted by Tankluver on Thursday, March 14, 2019 11:19 AM

I just finished painting the mini art village street diorama base. I used one half of it because i didn’t realize how large it was. I noticed on the box art that there is greenery like small patches of grass, but When i painted it , it almost looked like as if it were more of a mud or dirt type of molding rather than anything that I’d consider to be grass like. My question is, would it be Better to just leave it an earthy dirt color or should would buying greenery maybe give it a better look. I like how it looks so far but I’m just wondering what everyone else has done with this kit. 

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, March 14, 2019 4:03 PM

I’d say look at you local railroad hobby shop for some ground stuff that would look the part. In 1/35 simple paint will not do it, either dirt or grass. 

 

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Posted by Tankluver on Thursday, March 14, 2019 5:20 PM

Thanks for the response. May check out hobby lobby or Michaels this weekend.

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Posted by Recon89 on Thursday, March 14, 2019 5:26 PM

Hobby Lobby in our town carries a lot of good material for ground cover, bushes, trees, etc.

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Posted by Tankluver on Thursday, March 14, 2019 9:52 PM

Recon89

Hobby Lobby in our town carries a lot of good material for ground cover, bushes, trees, etc.

 

yeah i got a hobby lobby near base that i go to once in awhile. I’ll check it out this weekend.

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Posted by Bish on Friday, March 15, 2019 3:14 AM

I have not built any of the mini art buildings or dio sets yet, but have to ditto what Stik said. In this scale, paint just won't look right. There is a wide rtange of gound materials out there and if done right they can look very realistic.

Is this the one your doing.

If so, for that area at the front, i think i would use some grass tufts.

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Posted by Tankluver on Friday, March 15, 2019 4:39 AM

Bish

I have not built any of the mini art buildings or dio sets yet, but have to ditto what Stik said. In this scale, paint just won't look right. There is a wide rtange of gound materials out there and if done right they can look very realistic.

Is this the one your doing.

If so, for that area at the front, i think i would use some grass tufts.

 

no my kit is this one 

https://www.amazon.com/Mini-Art-Plastics-Village-Section/dp/B003S2A9QW

I like the cobblestone section but it looks like it needs to have grass sections. I have some of the Vallejo weathering dirt which i may add to this kit. I used Mig earth and Mig dust for the dirt section as just a paint on.

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Posted by Recon89 on Friday, March 15, 2019 8:52 AM

 This is the village scene I did.

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Posted by Recon89 on Friday, March 15, 2019 8:54 AM

I guess I dont know how to post pictures. I used the instructions from a forum post. Computers and I have a love/hate relationship. They love to mess with me and I hate them.

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Posted by Pawel on Friday, March 15, 2019 8:55 AM

Hello!

So you mean this one:

I can recommend a product Heki 3385 for the smallest vegetation. Glueing small amounts of static grass would work here, too - and it's good to mix more than one length of it for interesting variation.

Hope it helps - good luck with your dio and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Friday, March 15, 2019 10:34 AM

I am still very much a beginner when it comes to groundwork.

in this case, I used sifted dirt and static grass for most of the roadside area. Some fine gravel in the ditch and foliage deadfall was made from crushed seasonings like oregano or some similar looking stuff. The shrubs are railroad scale foliage from Hobby Lobby, as is the basic wood plaque that I made this upon.

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, March 15, 2019 10:47 AM

Longtime railroad modeler here.

I'd warn against using any "edibles" in dioramas. It will attract critters who will destroy your diorama.

A good source of mineral materials is the aquarium store. The good ones usually have a wide range of gravels that they sell cheaply by the pound.

When you look for grasses, avoid the ones that are ground up foam rubber. It doesn't ever look quite right. 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, March 15, 2019 11:38 AM

Yeah, static grass is cheap and simple to use. Just smear some white glue like Elmer's where you want it, sprinkle on the static grass and then blow on it to remove the excess and get it to stand up. 

Only cavert is don't buy the super green stuff unless you're modeling a golf course. The more yellowish 'grass' looks better. 

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Posted by Tankluver on Friday, March 15, 2019 11:56 AM

Yeah I’ve had some good grass and bad grass. Sometimes it’s either too thick and ruff and won’t come apart or it pulls apart perfectly. Im looking for grass that’s more yellowish in nature just cause it’ll be a summertime diorama 

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Posted by ugamodels on Saturday, March 16, 2019 9:22 AM

Thank you. I have often wondered about using anything that could decompose. 

I type on a tablet. Please excuse the terseness and the autocorrect. Not to mention the erors. 

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, March 17, 2019 7:07 PM

stikpusher
I am still very much a beginner when it comes to groundwork.

Dunno, that looks pretty spot on to me.  (Other than it does not have the ubiquitous German road pylons.)

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, March 17, 2019 10:11 PM

CapnMac82

 

 
stikpusher
I am still very much a beginner when it comes to groundwork.

 

Dunno, that looks pretty spot on to me.  (Other than it does not have the ubiquitous German road pylons.)

 

I debated putting those in or not.... decided to stay with just the location sign...

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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