I’ve been using Games Workshop static grass for quite some time and it has been a steady drain on my pocket. Now I’m thinking of covering large scenery pieces with my normal flocking technique including static grass. Using GW would cripple me. So I’m on the hunt for a compatible but cheaper option.
My starting point was the Static Grass Comparisons by JED on the Antenocitis Workshop blog. The “Green Comparison” shows GW Grass next to Noch Summer and Javis Summer. To my eyes they are more or less identical.
I did have to do a bit of research on which products “Noch Summer” and “Javis Summer” actually refer to. I found the products have slightly different names to those given by Antenocitis Workshop. The real names are “Noch – Static Grass – Summer Meadow – 2.5mm” and “Javis Static Grass No 2 Summer Mix”. I was also a bit worried when I discovered Noch have multiple grass lengths (1.5, 2.5, 5, and 6mm) but the one we’re interested in is 2.5mm.
The big difference between the brands is in cost. I’ve put the following table together to highlight the difference. Even though Javis comes in small packs it is the cheapest per gram by far (£6 per 100g). The various Noch options are next cheapest with the 100g pack being the best deal (£8.15 per 100g). GW is, well, just silly (£34 per 100g). I have ignored Postage and Packing (P&P) for the purposes of this calculation but obviously this could have a big impact on the net price per 100g.
|Brand||Name||Code||Quantity||Price||Price per 100g|
|Games Workshop||Citadel Grass||–||15g||£5.10||£34.00|
|Noch||Static Grass Summer Meadow||N08310||20g||£2.10||£10.50|
|Javis||Static Grass No 2 Summer Mix||JHG2||25g||£1.50||£6.00|
After that insight, and looking again at the comparison by Antenocitis Workshop, I’d say Javis is the clear winner. Just to be sure I ordered packs from both Noch and Javis.
With all three packs in my hands I flocked some of my hills. I found Javis static grass is slightly darker compared to the other brands.
Noch, like GW, is a slightly brighter green.
Despite that difference I don’t believe anybody will ever know which brand of static grass I’ve used where. And with Noch and Javis both less than 25% of the GW price, both my wallet and my wife will be happier.