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Discuss landscaping techniques, and describe how to use them here.
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| August 3, 2014, 9:16 am
Though I have not made a perfect build of this landscape....I think one of the best is to have flat green lands with some hills. And somewhere a pond or lake is added in, this is great for a town,small fortress, traveling build,war plains,ect. I suggest building it for a Castle style MOC.
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| August 3, 2014, 2:40 pm
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There are several ways to landscape that I use. The easiest one is just plain plate landscaping. There are plenty examples of that all over the place.
Then there is landscaping with bricks instead of plates: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/386351, or this one by Halhi: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/380009
I also like to mix the two for larger builds, where I would run out of pieces if I only used either one. The result is always a rather rugged landscape: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/390864
All of those are rather easy to do, but they can look pretty plain, so adding some rocks, plants or other things is always a good idea.
There's also landscaping sideways: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blake-foster/14623286658
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| August 11, 2014, 2:28 pm
Quoting Mr. Cab
There are several ways to landscape that I use. The easiest one is just plain plate landscaping. There are plenty examples of that all over the place.
Then there is landscaping with bricks instead of plates: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/386351, or this one by Halhi: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/380009
I also like to mix the two for larger builds, where I would run out of pieces if I only used either one. The result is always a rather rugged landscape: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/390864
All of those are rather easy to do, but they can look pretty plain, so adding some rocks, plants or other things is always a good idea.
There's also landscaping sideways: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blake-foster/14623286658

Another great technique is hinged ground, which can make some pretty cool hills. But it can be tricky to get a natural looking shape with as few gaps as possible, give it a try.
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| January 3, 2015, 4:07 pm
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/403870
Any ideas on this landscaping?
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| January 4, 2015, 5:54 pm
Quoting J D
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/403870
Any ideas on this landscaping?

Different colors and more texure could make it more interesting.
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| January 21, 2015, 3:19 pm
Quoting Mate Paton
Different colors and more texure could make it more interesting.

I thought that was the problem he is having... Mixing green, dark green and olive green without very carefuly thought-out plan (thinking about tracks, weather, different species of plants, etc...) is a very bad idea.
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| January 24, 2015, 12:09 pm
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Any tips for ground texturing and the best colors to mix when using a dark tan ground?
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| January 27, 2015, 7:12 pm
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Quoting Thomas .
Any tips for ground texturing and the best colors to mix when using a dark tan ground?

Ground texturing... If you're just using a simple plate ground, the most important thing is to make sure it's as un-blocky as possible. You don't want any very obvious large corners. As for colors, I'd say dark tan with carefully planned-out olive green (read: not just a few 1x2s here and there) could look nice. Maybe sand green if you do it well. Medium dark flesh also goes very well with dark tan.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/124546590@N03/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidhensel/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/45244184@N04/

These guys all have some great examples of really nice landscaping. The way they do the colors are fantastic.
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| January 27, 2015, 7:36 pm
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Quoting Thomas .
Any tips for ground texturing and the best colors to mix when using a dark tan ground?

This is the best dark tan landscaping I have seen to date: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/405380
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| January 28, 2015, 9:44 pm
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Does anybody have tips on snowscaping?
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| January 31, 2015, 8:22 pm
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Quoting Mr. Cab
Does anybody have tips on snowscaping?

Lots of white slopes. Like this:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/macsen_wledig/13251714903
That's the best way I can think of.
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| February 1, 2015, 5:33 pm
Quoting Mr. Cab
Does anybody have tips on snowscaping?

I recommend white slopes on hinges, like this.
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/403740
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| February 6, 2015, 6:30 pm
A tip I have is to use flower stocks for grass, the more the merrier.
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| February 7, 2015, 1:13 am
Does any one have ideas on sand scapes and jungle biomes.
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| February 7, 2015, 1:16 am
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Quoting Jacob M
Does any one have ideas on sand scapes and jungle biomes.

Use light tan plates like this for a sandscape: http://tinyurl.com/nvy534j Gradually stack them up to create sand dunes. To texture it just use 1x1 and 1x2 plates randomly as well as light tan studs. Another piece that looks great with that would be the brown flower stalk...though it's very rare :P I've seen one dude how has ONE of em' :P

As for jungle biomes, I'm not sure...I myself am not good with trees...
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| February 7, 2015, 7:43 am
Quoting Mr. Cab
Does anybody have tips on snowscaping?

Curved slopes are critical. If you can avoid studs, it would work out best.
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| February 7, 2015, 9:32 am
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Quoting Thomas .
Another piece that looks great with that would be the brown flower stalk...though it's very rare :P

I think it came in one set back in the 80s or 90s. It costs like 4 dollars for a used one on Bricklink. Altbricks.com has some alternate versions, though, and I've seen those used to nice effect.

Edit: I looked it up, and it turns out there were 3 in the 2003 Cloud City set, and a used one is only about $1.50.
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| February 10, 2015, 7:38 am
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Tested out some landscaping with dark tan and dark red/maroon. Thoughts? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/406357
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| February 10, 2015, 4:39 pm
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Quoting Thomas .
Tested out some landscaping with dark tan and dark red/maroon. Thoughts? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/406357

It looks pretty good! The colors work well, though I don't know how realistic they are. I personally don't like tiles mixed in with studded landscaping, so I would recommend maybe switching those out for plates. Nicely done, though!
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| February 10, 2015, 5:01 pm
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Quoting Kevin Moyer
I personally don't like tiles mixed in with studded landscaping, so I would recommend maybe switching those out for plates. Nicely done, though!

I like using tiles here and there actually, however I think I definitely over-used them there :P
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| February 10, 2015, 5:05 pm
Quoting Thomas .
Tested out some landscaping with dark tan and dark red/maroon. Thoughts? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/406357

It looks good, but I would have used only 1x1s.

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| February 12, 2015, 6:30 pm
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Quoting Thomas .
Tested out some landscaping with dark tan and dark red/maroon. Thoughts? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/406357

Dark Red isn't the best landscaping color, but it works pretty well with dark tan.
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| February 13, 2015, 3:19 pm
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I feel like giving some general landscaping tips.

First off, always landscape with more than one color. One main color and one accent color is a good bet, but I sometimes use two main colors and two accent colors, like here: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/404365
Also, add lots of small details. My favorites are dark bley and reddish brown 1x1 round plates. Adding some bigger rocks is good, too. And never make your landscape all green, always add at least some earth (brown) and rocks (gray).
And lastly, if you have a tree, give it roots.
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| February 13, 2015, 3:22 pm
Any tips for making good looking trees?
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| February 14, 2015, 9:55 am
Quoting (: Alexrules99 :)
Any tips for making good looking trees?

Here is a pretty advanced one for bigger trees
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/405662
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| February 14, 2015, 9:56 am
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Quoting (: Alexrules99 :)
Any tips for making good looking trees?

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/382569

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/381379

These are two really nice tree designs I would recommend.
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| February 15, 2015, 12:16 am
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I have another tip: Any Sand Green makes your Landscaping three times more awesome.
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| February 15, 2015, 12:18 am
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Quoting Mr. Cab
I have another tip: Any Sand Green makes your Landscaping three times more awesome.

I agree, as long as you have enough of it or do it carefully. Just a few badly-shaped patches don't look good. But yeah, sand green is awesome. A sand green and dark green landscape? Oh yeah.
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| February 15, 2015, 7:10 am
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Quoting Mr. Cab
I have another tip: Any Sand Green makes your Landscaping three times more awesome.

Eh...not really... The landscape in BSI, for instance, which used olive green, was certainly better than the landscape in BHI, which used sand green
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| February 15, 2015, 10:42 am
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Quoting Halhi 141
Eh...not really... The landscape in BSI, for instance, which used olive green, was certainly better than the landscape in BHI, which used sand green

Not everybody knows what you mean when you use those abbreviations. :P
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| February 15, 2015, 2:15 pm
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Quoting Mr. Cab
Not everybody knows what you mean when you use those abbreviations. :P

*cough cough* me :P
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| February 15, 2015, 2:16 pm
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Quoting Halhi 141
Eh...not really... The landscape in BSI, for instance, which used olive green, was certainly better than the landscape in BHI, which used sand green

I agree, but that had little to do with the actual colors and more with the overall composition and the detailing.

IMO, Sand green doesn't go as well with darker landscapes. If you had used more dark green instead of more brown, it would have worked better.

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/404365
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| February 15, 2015, 2:19 pm
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Quoting Thomas .
*cough cough* me :P

He meant Blue Shield Inn and Black Hammer Inn, respectively.
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| February 15, 2015, 2:25 pm
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Quoting Mr. Cab
He meant Blue Shield Inn and Black Hammer Inn, respectively.

Got it ;)
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| February 15, 2015, 2:26 pm
B.U.M.P.
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| March 3, 2015, 7:10 am
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I just love how this looks...http://images.mocpages.com/user_images/108963/1429388407m_SPLASH.jpg
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| April 21, 2015, 10:00 pm
I was thinking about making a bricklink order to boost my landscaping. What do you reccomend I get? I mostly use grassy landscapes. What would a good landscaping order consist of?
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| April 25, 2015, 1:42 pm
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Quoting Brick Layers
I was thinking about making a bricklink order to boost my landscaping. What do you reccomend I get? I mostly use grassy landscapes. What would a good landscaping order consist of?

Lots and lots of green plates, and a bunch of the grass/flower stalk pieces. That'll give you some good stuff to work with.
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| April 25, 2015, 2:48 pm
Quoting Kevin Moyer
Lots and lots of green plates, and a bunch of the grass/flower stalk pieces. That'll give you some good stuff to work with.

Ok,thanks!
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| April 25, 2015, 4:16 pm
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Quoting Brick Layers
I was thinking about making a bricklink order to boost my landscaping. What do you reccomend I get? I mostly use grassy landscapes. What would a good landscaping order consist of?

I actually heavily disagree with kevin on that. Plain green landscapes get boring, quickly. I'd say get some olive green, dark green and or sand green. Those colors are rarer, but tend to make the moc look more interesting.
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| April 29, 2015, 10:47 am
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Quoting Mr. Cab
I actually heavily disagree with kevin on that. Plain green landscapes get boring, quickly. I'd say get some olive green, dark green and or sand green. Those colors are rarer, but tend to make the moc look more interesting.

True. Those colors can look really good if combined well, but it's expensive to get enough pieces to do properly. Green plates and grass stalks are fairly cheap and can look pretty good, if not as good as some more complex coloring.
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| April 29, 2015, 10:56 am
Quoting Kevin Moyer
True. Those colors can look really good if combined well, but it's expensive to get enough pieces to do properly. Green plates and grass stalks are fairly cheap and can look pretty good, if not as good as some more complex coloring.

Yup, cabby is right.
If you need to spice up normal green though you can use sand green, or even dark green.
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| April 29, 2015, 11:49 am
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Quoting Kevin Moyer
True. Those colors can look really good if combined well, but it's expensive to get enough pieces to do properly. Green plates and grass stalks are fairly cheap and can look pretty good, if not as good as some more complex coloring.

Yeah, they are expensive. Dark green 1x1 bricks don't cost much, since they used to be widely available through PaB, but my 300 1x1 sand green bricks cost me sixteen dollars, so sand green tends to get very expensive. Sand green tends to be pretty expensive.
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| May 2, 2015, 10:59 am
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Quoting Mr. Cab
Sand green tends to be pretty expensive.

Unfortunately, that's true. :/ It's a really nice color, though.
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| May 2, 2015, 3:42 pm
I was just wondering if you think this looks good. Should I have mixed the dark green and brown in there?http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=417432&id=/user_images/111576/1438799406m
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| August 8, 2015, 4:12 pm
I haven't done much landscaping, so could someone advise me on what I could have done better here:

http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=418854&id=/user_images/110348/14415760441

Thanks!
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| September 8, 2015, 3:16 pm
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