Make Your Own Modeling Flock (It’s a Grass, Man)

Sometimes you need some grass for your modelling projects : field turf for your figures plateforms, football display dioramas, gameboard sidelines or stadiums, etc…

For that, you usually use modelling flock you bought in modelling or wargaming/hobby shops. But you can make your own modelling flock easily, for almost no money spent.

– Material needed :

  • acrylic paint (green, brown, yellow, etc…)
  • sawdust
  • pva glue (optional)

The technic is very simple. Take some sawdust (you can have it for free in most of hardware and tools stores : ask the guy in charge of wood cutting, he will give you a bag for nothing, since usually the shops pays to recycle it!). You can use thin or thick sawdust, or mix it. You can use a strainer or a sieve to select the sawdust size.

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Then, take some acrylic paint. Use green paint, you can also use a mix of blue + yellow paint. You can also add some blue or yellow in bare green paint, to make it more or less lighter.

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Now, put some green paint in the container, and add some water in it. You need to obtain a milk consistency :

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Now you just have to add sawdust in it, and mix !

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You need to stain the sawdust with the diluted paint.  If you obtain such a result (see the picture below) :

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You need to add more sawdust !  Add some until you obtain an almost dry sawdust mix. You should be able to touch the mix without having paint on your fingers :

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Now, let it dry in a dry place (cellar, basement, etc…) during a few days.

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Then, you can select the size again, using a strainer.  Then, simply apply it on your models, scenery or diorama, using diluted PVA glue. It’s a good way to improve your figures plateforms !

– OPTIONAL :

  • Add some PVA glue in your diluted paint : it’s usefull to make bigger flock bits, for bushes or trees
  • Use more “exotic” colors, for synthetic turf for exemple (or arena football).

Well, I hope this little article will help you.  As usual, I hope my “frenglish” is not too bad and you’ll understand what I wrote 😉

Dimitri, The french fry guy 😉

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  1. eflfanatic says:

    Thanks for the tip Dimitri, I am starting to do more of this type of work and since I work in a cabinet shop there is more then enough of a supply of saw dust around.

  2. Dimitri says:

    thank you ! I’m using that technic for my slot car track, and for my football figures plateforms…It’s cheap and it works 😉

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