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Detrimental Diaorama Dilemma

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Detrimental Diaorama Dilemma
Posted by DiscoStu on Friday, January 20, 2017 2:51 PM

Hey all.  I have a few different resin display bases that are unpainted (Verlinden and Eduard, I think).  They are for aircraft dioramas and feature wooden slats as a primary base surrounded by grass and the like.  I feel pretty proficient building kits, but I have never really tried to paint a display base with the proper weathering and realism to bring a diorama to life, but I've bought these things.  It's high time I use them!

My question is this:  How would you recommend painting and weathering the wooden area and what paints/techniques would you use on the grass surroundings? 

I have all sorts of  airbrushes, washes, powders, metric hammers, and harsh language at my disposal.  Your tips are gleefully welcome!

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, January 20, 2017 8:05 PM

Personally I think I'd just hit the wood with either a tan or grey colour depending on how old it's supposed to be. Then a dark brownish wash.

Does it have the grass texture molded in? I'd be tempted to paint it tan/brown and then cover it with static grass.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, January 22, 2017 8:12 AM

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, January 22, 2017 8:51 AM

Gamera

Personally I think I'd just hit the wood with either a tan or grey colour depending on how old it's supposed to be. Then a dark brownish wash.

Does it have the grass texture molded in? I'd be tempted to paint it tan/brown and then cover it with static grass.

Seconding Gamera's suggestion. My personal observation is that weathered wood surfaces---from man-made structures, to actual trees---are far more often shades of grey than what we think of as 'wood colors.' I tend to go with a mix of grey tones for the base color, the brown wash Gamera advised...then dry-brushing highlights with lighter tans and greys.

Ditto for the static-grass...an excellent choice that paint alone can't replicate.

Good luck with your projects! (And be prepared to show us pictures....)

Greg

 

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Posted by tonka on Sunday, January 22, 2017 6:26 PM

Echo all the comments. Would add, if you use static grass, buy a mix or a few different colors. Use White glue  thinned with water and drop or so of dishwashing detergent,,spread that out and put down the static grass. One dry,, lightly dry brush it for a random effect. Good luck! Post some pics

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Posted by DiscoStu on Monday, January 23, 2017 11:09 AM

Thanks for the responses.  I cleaned one of the bases last night and will experiment with some different looks.  I'll try and get pics posted.

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