Field System: Peter’s verdict
The static grass market is already rather crowded, with products from the likes of Faller, Green Scene, Heki, Noch, Peco and WW Scenics. Woodland Scenics’ system is a rather late entrant. So here’s the question: is the Field System any good? Static King costs less than £90, which makes it great value. But it looks and feels like a quality product. It’s easier to use than the others because it can be rested on its base for filling, which is a good idea. Having a clear hopper gives it an edge over its competitors. The grass fibres seem to be thicker than others, which, in my view, makes them more visible – and thus effective – when they’re on the layout. The colours and lengths blend together well, although I’d still question the point of including 12mm fibres in the range; fewer 12mm fibres are left standing when compared to the shorter ones. Personally, I’d rather use multiple layers of shorter grass fibres. Field System offers so much more than just static grass and features some really neat and innovative products. Model-vac, for example, should pay for itself, considering all the fibres you won’t waste. I really liked how effective the combination of Plant Hues and Flowers and Spray-tac were at adding colour variation to the landscape. The only part of the range I’d advise against is the Starter Set. This comes with a plastic puffer bottle to ‘charge’ the fibres, rather than an electro-static grass applicator. Woodland Scenics’ bottle feels really brittle and isn’t particularly effective at making the fibres stand up. I really like Field System. There’s so much more to it than static grass fibres and a static grass applicator. Even if you already have an applicator, you’ll be able to find something of use in the Field System range that will complement your existing tools. Field System definitely gets the thumbs up from me!