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Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member28 Apr 2018 9:27 p.m. PST

I want to make some high grass for my Zulus to hide behind.

Old paint brush bristles hot glued onto some strips of MDF?

Any better ideas or photos?

Fire at Will28 Apr 2018 10:01 p.m. PST

How high do you want it – cheap doormat is quite effective

Fire at Will28 Apr 2018 10:08 p.m. PST

Here's some used with HaT Dervishes


Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member28 Apr 2018 11:06 p.m. PST

Thanks, Will.

I'd like it maybe 30mm high, in order to have the illusion the Zulus placed behind it are invisible.

The grass would need to be on strips rather than on figure bases.

I really like your Dervish BTW.

tinned fruit Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2018 12:40 a.m. PST

Matakishi's Tea House to the rescue:-


Loads of inspirational stuff.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member29 Apr 2018 1:29 a.m. PST

@ tinned fruit: many thanks. I'm not sure the family broom will ever be the same again.

bobspruster29 Apr 2018 2:59 a.m. PST

You can buy cheap "China bristle" or hog hair paint brushes (aka chip brushes) in most home or hardware stores. Glue the bristles to the bases a little at a time then trim as desired.

Personal logo Dances with Clydesdales Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2018 3:38 a.m. PST

Bailing twine from hay bales or even a ball of twine. Just cut to desired length. The bailing twine even comes in various shades of green in addition to various shades of brown.

dragon629 Apr 2018 5:48 a.m. PST

Teddy bear fur

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2018 10:59 a.m. PST

I made several hundred 2" clumps inexpensively in one day using this process:

1) Purchased some boxes of the thinnest 2" washers I could find. I think they were $17 USD/100.

2) Bought a length of appropriately colored rope/twine.
Unraveled the rope strands, then cut into the desired length. I bought quite a bit for under $10. USD

3) Soaked the rope lengths in hot water to straighten them out, then let them dry.

4) Mix up a batch of Durham's Water Putty and add some cheap craft paint to get it to whatever color your base terrain is. You don't need to do this step as you can paint the bases after everything is dry instead. I did it as it saved me time from painting the bases after and, if for some reason this chips or a chunk of the grass comes off, the base coat is still there.

5) Coat the base of the washer with Durham's Water Putty. The nice thing about Durhams is you mix it on the fly and control the consistency. Keep it a little thicker. Work in small batches because it can dry hard in 10 minutes.

6) Grab a small handful of the rope, line up the ends, and stick it in the Durham's. The whole mess will be thick enough to hold itself up.

7) Let it dry overnight.

8) Go back and paint the edges of the washer. You can now terrain around the bush clump as desired. On the majority of my washers I was able to almost entirely load up the whole surface with my tall grass, so not much space left to add terrain. I wanted a full 2" washer to get that effect that the OP is looking for.

Now with a few hundred of these washers completed I can cover several square feet of table with solid grass. Being on 2" washers movement in them is easily done by removing washers and putting the troops in their place.

I've received a lot of compliments on these and several people have asked to buy them from me. I'd post a pic but
TMP technology and pictures befuddle me.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member29 Apr 2018 11:54 a.m. PST

Thanks for all the ideas.

I should open my shed/workshop to glass clump making a a few weeks.

I'll let you know how I get on.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2018 11:41 a.m. PST

Dr X This sounds very good, can you post a picture of finished item? Thanks

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