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Alrighty, so I'm using Elmer's glue to base my minis. I find it does a decent job of holding the sand/rocks to the base, but over time, grains fall off here and there, and I'm tired of loose pebbles falling off while I'm painting the bases. I give the glue a day or so to dry, but I think I need to do more to ensure the rocks stick together. Any suggestions?
glue the sand/pebbles down normally. let it dry normally, then before you paint them, Water down the glue by about 2:1 maybe 4:1 water to glue, and paint that over the sand and let that dry. That'll give a solid hold.
Hope i helped
Last edited by Sir Spamalot; December 12th, 2009 at 18:07.
I've yet to try that. How does the Zap-Ca super glue hold? I've got some of it on me and I just used it on a spare base as a test. I wiped my finger and old brush across it and everything held together.
Super glue can work well, problem is, if you ever want to change your base, it's a pain. It's also more expensive. But if you have the money, superglue is good. I's still reccomend the watered down glue ontop though. Just for extra support.
I base my minis before I undercoat, I use straight PVA, thick enough to see a solid white colour, drown it in rocks and sand and leave it in this drown state overnight, pour off the excess and then brush it with an old toothbrush to remove loose stuff, spray paint with you fav primer, done.
I dont have problems with sand falling off.
I find that just a good semi-thick paint job over the base works aswell
A watered down PVA coat to seal the sand in is deffinatly the way to go. No bits will be knocked off in your drybrushing if you do this.
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Pure PVA to hold basing materials, then paint rocks and sand. I use super glue over static and standing grasses. PVA 2:1 over flock I am not painting. Generally I suffer no issues with basing materials coming off.
I had the same problem until I started painting the PVA glue on like other have said, after the sand is glued on. Works like a charm, especially after priming and painting.
Yeah, you can use superglue, but you'll go through a LOT of the stuff if you're basing an army, and you STILL might want to seal it afterward. MUCH cheaper to just use the regular PVA glue. Also, PVA glue dries clear. If you're like me, you'll occasionally get a bit of the glue on the model itself, and accidentally glue bits of sand to something's legs. With PVA glue, you can very easily pick those off afterward, as opposed to superglue.
The fumes from super glue can really wreck stuff too including fogging up