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A few questions I would like answers to from people who really know what they are doing.
A) Should I flock the base before or after the Mini is on?
B.) What Flock is best for a mossy look on buildings?
C) What would be a good way to get a melting snow effect on a minitures base?
PS: For C I was thinking.
1. Spread glue on base but leave some parts uncovered.
2. Apply modelling sand.
3. Paint sand to get dark grey effect. (to look like rocks)
4. Spread glue on the parts not already covered.
5. Apply modelling snow.
Let me know how well this would work.
Last edited by Pyromaniac605; April 8th, 2010 at 12:15.
You got to be patient for an answer, this site is accessed from all over the world. I can help you with a few of your questions. You can flock the basses anytime you want there is no set rule to flock before or after the mini is on the base, if you think it would be harder to work on the base then you should do the base first then attach the model on later. For the melted snow appearance I mix the snow flock in with pva glue and water to thin the mix, you are looking for a slushy consistency for the mix.
Please don't bump threads. People see it, and will respond.
A ) I'd do it after you paint the mini. It's usually the last step.
B ) The standard "flock" will work well. Don't use static grass, as that's supposed to look like... grass.
C ) Check out our tutorials section for a good one on making snow.
I was thinking maybe using a little bit of static grass to show grass growing out from under the snow.
But then again I might not put snow bases because it wouldn't match most tables.
I wil probably try the snow on one mini and if I like it I will stick with it.
If I dont then I will just make a grass and sand mix for dry patches with no grass growing.
Don't try too hard to match the tables. You're always gonna find a table that doesn't fit your bases. I find that's not what bases are for, rather it's a representation of what environment the mini most feels at home in. For example, my Necrons come from a world with a red "Martian" gravel, so that's what they have. My custom Marine chapter is on a penitent crusade, and therefore live on their ships, so their bases have an industrial "deck plating" look to them. If you think your minis come from an arctic world, then they should be snowy.
Since snow effects go on wet and kinda messy, it will be hard to see grass growing through the snow. You could have grassy bits interspersed with the snow, though. Not unheard of.
I flock my bases with the mini on, i actually use gravel from model railways and spray it with the models, i then dry brush it and once i have painted model i will use a small amount of static grass which i again pva on, you could again try using static grass for the moss on building. Sadly i dont know so much on the snow as i have never actually tried that affect on a base, will be interested in what you come up with on this actually.
If youre just flocking then you should glue the model on the base first. If it's put on after it'll come off the base must easier since a plastic to plastic bond is much stronger than the plastic -> flock -> paint -> then plastic. The paint and flock wont hold very well in between. As well, if there's small rocks & such with the flock it may look like your model is just hovering on top of the sand/flock rather than sinking into it
Also as Canew said - don't try to match the tables unless you plan to only ever play on the same one. Most of the time they won't blend in. Rather, try to use the bases to tell a story with your army or desired theme
Thanks for the feedback. I'll be sure to post some pics for you guys when I get the stuff toward the end of the month.
Another question for you. Do you think it would look good if I put a little modelling snow on the model to give the effect that it has been snowing.
Note: The reason I like the idea of using snow is because.
A.It matches the background of my chapter.
B.Where im from snow is something you have to drive for a few hours to see.
Edit: Stupid Southern hemisphere.
Edit2: although I did see alot of snow when I went to the US for a year when I was 3-4.
Edit3: What exactly is a drybrush? all I really know is it is a technique to get a textured look on minatures. (Im really a noob at this sort of thing lol)
Last edited by Pyromaniac605; April 10th, 2010 at 04:14.