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Building a landscape - Grass-scaping

SlyOwl presents an in-depth look at his angled grass-scaping technique.

This riverbank is a good example of a blend of SNOT water and angled grass-scaping. Let's dissect it. I took these photos as I dismantled it, so it's not a case of step-by-step as below, but trial and error, or doing small sections at a time.

First up, a SNOT water base: blue water, with light blue for shallower areas, and various SNOT bricks outlining the edge of the bank. Behind that, plates and bricks complete the base.

Next, add the muddy bank, a combination of bricks, plates and jumper plates to add a bit of angle. The tiles and cheese slopes smooth the connection with the grassy overhang. A little bit of texture is added with a 1x2 tile and headlight brick in the background, sticking out of the bank.

Add lots of bricks and plates behind the bank as "filler". Large bricks like 8x8 work well. Behind the muddy bank, use jumper plates and 1x2 plates to position the brick hinges in the right places. For 1-stud wide angled plates, as can be seen in the foreground, use plate finger-hinges.

Add plates and wedge plates to the hinges. The jumper plates on top of the hinges in the previous picture are used to offset these to get the right overhang, if necessary. The tops of the plates should vary in height a bit, to avoid it looking angular.

Stack plates and bricks to get green plates to the right height so they sit flush with the top of the angled plates. Use jumper plates to fill in any gaps if necessary. If there is still a small gap, try angling the next plate up, using the same techniques, and eventually you'll get to an interval of 1/2 stud!

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