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I'm currently building up my Vampire Counts army for WHFB and have run into a bit of a problem. I got some sand that I am using to add texture to the bases, but it is making the edges of the bases uneven and making them take up more room. I want the models to rank up nicely in a movement tray, but I also want the sand to cover the entire base (not just the top, flat part.)
I'm using white glue, applying it directly to the base, sprinkling on the sand, and shaking off the extra sand. I've noticed that gravity causes the sand and glue to sag down to the bottom a bit, further compounding my problem. What is your advice? Should I glue the bases all together then somehow break them apart to make sure they rank up? Should I try to somehow cut off the extra texture after it drys? Is there something I could do to keep the sand held back a bit at the bottom? Should I use less glue or apply it with a brush? Should I leave a small gap at the bottom that I don't sand? Should I give up and only texture the top (I hope not.)
I appreciate any advice, especially from people who have dealt with similar issues.
I would say just glue the sand to the top of the base. In my opinion it look better and if you glue the sand all over the base's, it will rub off the sides as you transport your models.
And try to use a brush to apply the glue it's easier.
Wood elf player- 2000 points worth, Autumn theme
Empire player - 3000 points worth, Green and white
Eldar player - 1500 points worth, Blue and white
I guess- if you really want to be a difficult one about this- you could try this way?
1- rank up all the models IN A TRAY
2- put pieces of card between the bases. You might have to slits or something to get them to cross at the intersections of 4 bases
3- CAREFULLY brush glue wherever you want the sand to be
4- apply glue, let stand, remove card, shake of excess
Or, you could try doing it with the bases ranked in the try without the card, but you might end up with the sand causing the bases to fit together with puzzle-like edges.
Really though: you're playing VC, you have units of 20+ models. You would be better off buying movement trays- your opponent will hate you otherwise.