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    How do I create realistic snow?

    Hi guys. Wasnt sure where I am ment to post a topic on this subject but thought I'd put it here.

    My question, how do I go about creating realistic snow on models? I know of the bi carb/pva mix technique (or baking powder/pva glue), but I dont think it looks tremendously realistic. I want a snow effect for warhammer 40,000 models like these minatures (obviously not paintied by myself):

    CoolMiniOrNot - space wolf, Gold in a GD france 09 by dieguete

    CoolMiniOrNot - space wolf, Gold in a GD france 09 by dieguete

    CoolMiniOrNot - Space Wolf Njal Stormcaller by Wiltrichs
    I love how the painters have managed to create tiny snow flecks on the armour, etc and wanted to know, how do you do this?

    Many thanks

    Linford


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    I believe you can buy paint on snow flock, it doesn't even ruin brushes, so you don't have to wreck one.

    Although I think baking powder looks more realistic than any snow flock.

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    I use GW snow effect basing material mixed with pva. I think the trick is trying to get it to look like it is laying on the based surfaces right.....

    Have a look here (Justice for All's painting projects) for some examples of what it looks like. Hope it helps.

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    Many thanks guys for your fast replies. Iv got a whole 1,000pt Necron army to base and 'snow effect', so when its all finished il create a little topic for you all to check out the results!

    Oh, on a quick note, can I matt varnish/seal a model with set baking powder snow on?

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    yes, but I suggest only doing it if you have added paint to to the PVA/snow mixture.

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    Right ok, do I need to water down the white paint at all then too?

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    Also you can make little flecks on the armour by spattering small amounts of stuff on the legs. I used the bicarb/ pva mixture for mine and ended up with snow-flecked legs and feet by accident (cack-handed basing for the win!), alongside a snow-flecked chainsword, backpack and face >_<

    I think both of those models you've linked to are using pva/ bicarb; you have to let it set for at least 24 hours before it starts looking like it's supposed to. I also find it looks a bit more like pack snow if you mix up a batch, let it dry out completely into 'snow' on your pallete, then stick a wet tissue on top of it to bring it back to life and then use it. Kuffy's thread is a good one for learning how to do it properly, that's where I got my info from.

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    The point of watering down paint is to make sure it goes on evenly. As a result, it's probably not needed to water them down for the baking soda, because there's no coats to be even with.

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    Ah right ok, I understand the watered down/blending painting concept, I was just wondering about the chemical effect matt varrnish has on PVA/baking powder (as Iv heard it sometimes turns yellow-ish after a while...)

    Many thanks for all the replies

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