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Groundwork Products, Brands & Co's

Discussion in 'General Figure Talk' started by Showlen, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. Showlen Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hello,

    I'm looking to purchase different products for groundwork. Mainly realistic grass, autumn leaves, foliage etc. I'm aware of only "Hudson & Allen" and products sold at Hobby Lobby. I don't really consider Hobby Lobby as a choice as most of their groundwork products are always ruined. I like Hudson & Allen, from what I've seen in some YouTube demos.

    I'd appreciate if some of you could offer recommendations on brands, or vendors/sites for groundwork. I'm really looking for the grass that Elvis used on his version of Andrea's Ulysses S. Grant: http://www.planetfigure.com/threads/general-ulysses-grant-1864-andrea-miniatures-54mm.46049/

    Also, when applying/affixing groundwork (such as grass) to putty, can you just use regular Elmer's glue... or is something else preferred or more commonly used?

    Many thanks for the help!!

    Ron W.
  2. elgreco Well-Known Member

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    United-Kingdom
  3. Einion Well-Known Member

    If you've never seen Silfor's grass tufts they're quite the revelation, although there are some alternatives (including making your own).

    Some threads on groundwork supplies:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/showthread.php?46487-Good-source-for-basing-materials
    http://www.planetfigure.com/threads/making-trees-and-bushes.42670/
    http://www.planetfigure.com/threads/leaves.42254/
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/showthread.php?46067-Foliage-and-shrubery-stores

    As mentioned in one of the above threads I think, railway modelling sites tend to be goldmines when it comes to groundwork supplies. One supplier that's specifically mentioned in a past thread on CMON was Scenic Express, although I don't know how competitive they are on price the range of stuff they stock is quite amazing.

    Regular white craft glue is fine for most things, yes. You do need to consider other glues for some jobs, even if just for a faster setting time, but presumably you already have what's needed on hand so no need to go out and buy anything new; one example of something that PVA is not suited to is glueing down curled paper leaves, because of the water content it can tend to make the leaves open up and then dry flat ruining the curled-up look you spent time creating.

    Einion
  4. Showlen Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Thank you for the input, I appreciate it! Good information and choices!

    Ron

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