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How do you make authentic looking short grass?

Bluefox1966Bluefox1966 UKMember Posts: 360
edited April 2012 in Building and Techniques
Does anyone know do you make authentic looking short grass? My project has a large area or green and looks too uniform with plain tiles or the lugs showing any ideas?


  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,835
    How short is short grass?. If it is super short then it may be better to use slopes and base plates to create an undulating ground in green and it will look like short grass but break it up. can also use this part which looks good as short grass
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,444
    Do you want a lego only solution?

    If no, use that green sawdust stuff that railway builders use on a board.

    If yes, use a combination of different green parts in different shades - round plates, tiles, small square plates, etc. It all helps to break up a uniform pattern and look a little more realistic.

    If you want neat grass, use the modified tiles with a grille and line them up. If you want a freshly mown look, use two different shades in wide rows.
  • davee123davee123 USAMember Posts: 810
    Pretty much any solution is gonna be intense building-wise and/or cost-wise in a large area, if you're looking for a level of detail like "grass".

    You might be able to get a nice effect by using 1x1 plates on their sides, interspersed with 1x1 round plates, or other elements (quasi-randomly), all slightly askew.

    If you're just looking to break up the uniformity, but not looking for that much detail, you could throw in 1x1 plates, tiles, and 1x1 round plates distributed randomly, along with smatterings of sand green, bright green, and dark green. That'll be cheaper, and won't look amazing or anything texture-wise, but will break up the uniformity.

  • Bluefox1966Bluefox1966 UKMember Posts: 360
    Thanks Guys. I'm building at mini-figure scale and the grass area is short mowed.
    like your idea @davee123 I'll give it ago.
  • georgebjonesgeorgebjones Member Posts: 224
    I like the 1x1 square and round plates. Seriously, stack 10-20 1x1 square plates, you won't get uniformity. :) What about using the 1x2 clip plates stacked with a half-stud offset, then set on their side? That could look like grass. They come in green.

    There is also the tooth plate. It comes in a couple shades of green and would stack like the 1x1 plates, although it may look a little long for your taste.

    It's too bad these don't come in green, you could make a killer baseball style lawn using green and light green behind.
  • prof1515prof1515 EarthMember Posts: 1,561
    If you're working with mini-figure scale, a plain baseplate is as authentic and accurate to the scale as you can get when replicated short grass. Other techniques work well for tall grasses, clumps and what-not, but short grass is by definition short and plain. The only way I could see varying it would be to get lots of 1x1 plates of varying shades of green (including sun-faded) and just cover your base with a layer of them.
  • ninjagolightlyninjagolightly Member Posts: 140
    Too bad this doesn't come in green:

    Another approach is a row of upside down 1x green bricks with green and bright green minifig hands slotted into the stud receptacles. It's quite rectilinear, but you can vary their orientation in four ways for texture. Of course, you'd have to have a boatload of Lizard Man and Army Man minifigs to pillage, because, wow, those color hands are pricey on Bricklink! But it looked neat when I did a small-scale demonstrator from my modest stock.
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP CanadaMember Posts: 1,912
    Like Redbullgivesuwind mentioned, is a great piece for grass. I think this guy has a great example of what 15,000+ of this part would result in:
  • sidersddsidersdd USAMember Posts: 2,432
    Too bad this doesn't come in green:

    That one doesn't, but this one does:
  • ninjagolightlyninjagolightly Member Posts: 140

    That one doesn't, but this one does:
    Ooh! Cheap, too!
    And also available in dark green to mix it up! (Those are pricey though).
    That's a winner!
  • Bluefox1966Bluefox1966 UKMember Posts: 360
    Good call, I'll experiment with a few of these. Thanks for all the input Guys.
  • GalactusGalactus NLMember Posts: 255
    There's often a variety of small wild flowers in grass fields. It should break it up.
  • brickmaticbrickmatic Member Posts: 1,071
    @Bluefox1966 What did you end up doing?
  • Bluefox1966Bluefox1966 UKMember Posts: 360
    @brickmatic I couldn't get it to look right around the front of my hotel so I narrowed the front so only a paved area showed. to the rear, on the sloping parts, I used a mixture of flowers and generic Lego foliage see my pics here
  • brickmaticbrickmatic Member Posts: 1,071
    @Bluefox1966 Nice model.
  • emilewskiemilewski CT, USAMember Posts: 475
    Agreed, that is beautifully well done. How many bricks would that be?
  • Bluefox1966Bluefox1966 UKMember Posts: 360
    @emilewski @brickmatic Thanks for the comments.

    I'm not sure how many bricks used could be around 25.000 to 30,000 or so.
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