WIP 1/16 suggestions for corn / wheat field

Discussion in 'Groundwork' started by jakbwrhr, Dec 19, 2017.

  1. jakbwrhr Active Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Dear All,

    I am at the planning stages for the creation of a large(ish) diorama depicting The Black Watch at the battle of Quatre Bras and was hoping that someone might have some suggestions as to what would be a suitable source for replicating the corn / wheat field grasses that the battle was fought in.

    Many thanks in advance for your suggestions

    James
  2. fogie Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    You might do well to have a look at the stuff railway modellers use .... you'll find long stranded 'grasses/crops' dyed in
    appropriate colours and of different scales that might form the basis of what you require. The key thing to remember
    though is to add extra details like weeds and wild flowers here and there - crops were broadcast sown then so remember
    to include ridges and bare areas which create a more natural look. Don't forget, wheat and rye were ' long-strawed' in those
    times - the short stuff we see today is a recent variation. Hope this helps a bit....
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  3. jakbwrhr Active Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Hi,

    Many thanks for your response. I have had a look at the stuff from the railway modelling scene, but haven't seen anything that gives the look of the crops - especially the seed heads.

    Thanks also for the reminder about the ridges... have got some of the stuff sorted for the grasses and wild flowers.

    Kind regards,

    James
  4. valiant A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Could try the dried flowers and grasses that florists use... some useful stuff amongst them?(y)
  5. 1969 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
  6. tock24 Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Cut the bristles off an old broom?
    Unravel a length of rope [sisal?], soak in water to straighten, then cut to length?
    BR
    Ian

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