How to Model Paths

How to Model Paths

Every layout or diorama needs a path somewhere for its little people to get from one bit to another.  In built up areas it may be a passageway with a few scraps of dead looking grass and weeds along the edges.  In the countryside, it is more likely to be surrounded by green grass and taller weeds depending on the time of year you model.  In England, by mid-Spring, the paths start to show more and more nettles along the edges until, unless they are maintained, by mid-Summer, they are impassable without being stung!

Paths depend on foot traffic and need to follow a logical route of people or animals from one point to another.  They will normally skirt areas such as fields but will always take the shortest route that they can.

In many layouts they are sadly left to the viewer’s imagination leaving their little people nothing but long grass to push through to get to the other side but fortunately they are easy enough to add with a bit of grout and grass.  This video shows you just how easy it is to model paths.


The Real World

The Lake District, UK
The Lake District, UK
The Lake District, UK
The Lake District, UK
Barely a path!
Rocky path
Rocky path
Path/Road through a field
Path/Road through a field
Walking the path
Walking the path
Grassy Path
Grassy Path

Materials

  • Tile grout
  • Water and isopropyl alcohol mix (70:30)
  • Diluted white glue (70 water: 30 glue)
  • Static grass and grass mats
  • Airbrush and green paint (I used Vallejo and Tamiya)

Index

00:08 Real World
00:26 Method
09:18 Final Result
09:54 Mini Kathys
14:14 Close

The whole modelling scenery series can be found by clicking here.

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