How to Model Static Grass

How to Model Static Grass

Grass is one of the most ubiquitous plants on the planet and so the chances are that wherever or whenever you are modelling, there will be some grass present.  It squeezes into the tiniest crack in the urban environment and covers vast swathes of the countryside.

Over the years, modelling grass has got easier and it is now easily represented with static grass.  Static grass is made up of small fibres that stand upright when a static electric charge is applied to them.  Nothing beats it for closeup pictures of grass.

The Real World

Here’s a few photos for inspiration:

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A fragment of a lawn in the Garden of Versailles, France
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Materials

Static Grass – I use a range of static grass from manufacturers such as Noch or Woodland Scenics.  I find the Woodland Scenics grass is more drab in colour which may suit but I am modelling the summer so prefer the brighter greens of Noch.  The key is to use a wide range of lengths to give some variety to the model.

Static Grass Machine – I have an original Noch Grass Master which is quite tall – that can be a problem in some tight spaces.  It always gives a good result though and there are a number of nozzles to help you target application if you are doing smaller or tighter areas.

Glue – there are specific glues but I just use tacky glue. It’s a thicker white PVA.

Hoover – you do need a hoover to suck up any excess grass and to ensure that it is only stuck where you want it to be.


Index

00:10 The Real World
00:53 Method
13:53 Final Result
14:08 Mini Kathys
16:05 Close

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