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Building An Autumn Diorama

Creating a Realistic Autumn Diorama

We have made a beautiful autumnal diorama to showcase how easy it is to use our professional model scenery products to create realistic and visually interesting dioramas and model landscapes. Why not have a go and follow along to create your own? We have outlined everything you will need, the steps you’ll need to follow as well as some top tips for modelling success.  

These are the materials used to build our autumn diorama: 

We begin by laying down our basing glue, upon which our first layer of static grass will be added. We have decided to section our basing board off into two halves, with a winding gap left in the glue which will create a winding forest path. For this first layer we are using our autumn-coloured static basing grass. Use our autumn selection for a more realistic autumnal colour palette but remember that the techniques demonstrated here can be applied to any seasonal or creative diorama. 

Top tip: we rarely see straight lines in nature! When you’re creating your meadow path, we recommend creating a winding path rather than a straight one for a more natural look. It will also create some visual interest for the eye. 

Then, we add the first layer of static grass to the glue using our Pro Grass Applicator. Once the first layer of static basing grass has been added, we are using our Static Grass Layering Spray to coat the static grass in a thin coat of glue. This ultra-light glue ensures the static grass on the first layer remains standing but allows us to add a second layer of a greener static layering grass, which we add using our Pro Grass Applicator. You don’t have to wait for any of your glue layers to dry while building – just keep adding layers of static grass onto the wet layering spray. 

Top tip: use multiple colours of static grass to create a more realistic landscape. If you look outside, you’ll notice that grass is not all one uniform shade. Add layers of different shades of static grass for a more dynamic and realistic finish. 

We then add our realistic model mud using a brush. We recommend stippling the brush to create texture. Don’t be afraid to use a thick layer of mud – this will create a more realistic three-dimensional effect. 

We then go in with a third layer of our Static Grass Layering Spray and sprinkle on some autumnal leaf litter, as well as placing some grass tufts throughout our grassy meadow and along the sides of our path. Again, by mixing different colours of tufts to create our shrubs, we are achieving a more realistic effect. 

Finishing touches include some realistic gravel and scatters

Feel free to have a go at recreating our autumnal diorama or explore our range of model scenery products and create your own! We’d love to see it: send it in to our customer gallery. As always, happy modelling!

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Answer...Unfortunately, we do not sell different sized sieve heads for the Micro Applicator. Only the Pro Grand Applicator comes with three different sized sieve heads.

Here are some key things for you to check when applying static grass using our applicator:

  • Use a powerful brand-new battery (PP3 9V battery).
  • Do not fill the hopper with too much grass, as the grass needs to have space to move.
  • Only apply a smear of basing glue on the required area and make sure to apply the basing grass before it dries. Room temperature can affect this.
  • Do not apply too much basing grass to the area. If you cover the basing glue with too much grass it will not stand but go flat.
  • Once you have applied the basing grass and cannot see the basing glue anymore, add some layering spray before applying the layering grass.
  • Make sure the crocodile clip is near the applicator's head when applying the grass. You do not need to put a nail or screw into your model.
  • Here is a video showing how to use the applicator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-E_ElExUts&feature=youtu.be

Unfortunately, we do not have any stockists in Europe or North America. All our products are sold online and shipped from the UK.

We would recommend using our D-Baller which has been specifically designed to get rid of static grass balls. Here is a video showing how to use this useful tool: https://restore.wwscenics.com/product/modelling-with-martyn-2/

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