Iain Morrison wimorrison
I am about to start laying grass with my shiny, new Green Scene machine and I wondered what the consensus is on base colour of the scenery?

I have previously use a muddy green colour and wonder whether pure brown, green or even a neutral grey is best.

What would you suggest given that some of your layouts are simply stunning and you clearly have it right :)
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Round Robin
I have recently done some grassy areas and decided to use a muddy earth colour as base on the principal that in real life grass grows out of earth. I think it looks really good. Don't forget that with a good coverage of grass, not much of the base will show through. Before I went ahead on the layout I tried a small area on a corner of scrap mdf - this gave me the confidence to go ahead.
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Bunkerbarge
I had a 2.5 litre tin of matt vinyl emulsion made up which I use for the base for everything.  It is a dark brown/green and it goes down as a base before track laying or any other scenic work. 
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LarryG
I have a simple approach to scenery in that land formation and colouring is a one-shot process using ReadyGrass vinyl sheet. Contours are formed over plywood and newsprint with the aid of a heat-gun. This gives an immediate all-over green covering to bare baseboard on which to glue various colours and lengths of static grass, shrubbery, fencing and whatever. 
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AHJAY
I am a fan of getting real dirt from the area being modelled, microwaving it, grinding and seiving it very, very fine and laying that onto a glued surface first.... It is a bit hair shirt, but it just seems "right" to me.

It is hard to deny the simplicity and effectiveness of Larrys approach though

regards, Ahjay
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Iain Morrison wimorrison
ah, but what colour do you put under the real dirt 😉
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AHJAY
LOL. if I do feel the need to paint, I have tended to use a concoction from leftover house paints... or at least I did until I moved internationally forcing me to dump all that valuable resource. I guess now it'll be whatever comes to hand until I can create enough "leftovers".

If I am adding dirt as above though, there's not often a real need to pre-paint - its pretty well total covering of fines, so not much shows through. I do like the very fine texture it gives... I think that the correct texture is at least as important as the choice of colour in much of our modelling.

rehards, Ahjay
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Iain Morrison wimorrison
I’ve used some burnt umber acrylic - worked quite well i think 🙂

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Jaz Avalley JazAvalley

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1478 although I agree a good earth colour is best, and a dark one perfectly good I go more often for a more terracotta colour as I often leave parts of the ground bare.

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2042 and if leaving the earth colour I then tend to add some thin layers on top

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2047 I also do a mix with the static grass itself so it is not one flat colour like a carpet, I usually mix at least 3 colours then let one colour dominate then the next then the next giving a patchier effect which if you look at satellite maps is fairly common

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nowadays i avoid the bright spring colour although i like them in the bags the less showy colours tend to look more real

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this is one mix but I just get 3 of a similar colour, so the mix is subtle. 

2330 I concentre my grass on flat areas where grass grows, and make it thinner or other surfaces the more vertical the less grass

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there are some superb modellers around, several in this forum, hopefully some might share their work.

1828 Everything is not a hard rules though, and i have plenty of areas with different soil colours

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