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I have to start decorating my bases soon. I plan on using the modeling sand and grass but not exactly sure how to go about it. would I just spread PVA glue over the base and dip it in or perhaps spread the sand on it?
Also would I cover the entire thing with the modeling sand and then glue patches of grass ontop of that or do people plan out what goes where ahead of time and put them side by side?
Oh, and is there a trick for getting the grass to stand up straight? I haven't tried yet but Im worried it will just be sideways.
When I did my sand bases I just spread some Elmer's School Glue mixed with a couple drops of water to add some depth onto the base then dipped it into the sand (Or dropped sand by the pinch-full over it)
Last edited by Grey2321; August 1st, 2009 at 15:50.
Space Marines: W15/L7/D3
Imperial Guard: W6/L4/D0
Static grass is so named because the fibers holds a static charge and therefore repulses each other, making the fibers stand up.
I plan out in advance where I want the different elements for my bases but whichever way works for you is fine. Experiment! If it doesn't look good you can just scrape the pva away.
Easiest way is to cover the whole base in PVA glue (bar the trim that is!) then dip the whole base in the pot of sand. Give it a few seconds then take it out and shake off the excess back into the pot.
When thats dry just paint it what ever colout you want. For the first coat water it down so it's almost a wash as the sand will soak it up and it will be easier to paint. Then when thats dry drybrush it up a few times to highlight it.
Then if you want add some flock or snow or what have you.
I do much as has been said before, cover the top of the base in slightly watered down pva, dip it in the sand and leave it to dry. Personally I paint it black, then drybrush scorched brown, then bestial, then a little white on the edges (I went for a frostbitten earth sort of look).
I then paint on some more patches of pva erratically and then dip this time in static grass, after it's begun to dry I then blow on it horizontally, (helps it to stand before it drys completely, and also gets rid of the excess.
Takes but minutes, and looks just fiiiinne....
Thank you very much everyone. When Ipaint on more PVA over the sand to add grass do I have to be careful to use just a little bit or else it will show up as a white blob with grass sticking out?
Water it down slightly, and this won't happen.
Generally speaking, pva dries clear regardless though.
I personally prefer to use super glue for attaching static grass. Easier to control where it goes on the base, and less time for grass to fall over while it dries after you've carefully arranged it
I would actually tend to agree... I'm just a cheap-skate. All ideas no conviction me....