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Im new here, so I dont really know the format of posting, but...
I am mainly a guard player. I have been making a guard army over a long period of time, and during that time, my painting has gotten better (Im going back and slightly fixing older models), but more importantly, I did different bases as time progressed. My original models just have painted bases. My later models have plain nasty looking green flock. Then I did some with painted snow (done with putty and just paint). After that I started doing nicely flocked bases (with different flocks, and static grass, rocks, etc).
Recently I realized, that my army definitely looks better on snow. I always liked the look, and most of my tanks are painted with snow schemes. My guys' schemes in general look like they are fit for snow (grey black, white). I was thinking I should go back and change all the bases to snow to make them uniform. So do you think it would work out to put snow partially on the flocked bases (Like patches of snow)? How much do you think I should put on? How should this work out to look natural (would it seem weird to have piles of snow next to completely clear green 'grass')?
If you want, I can try to upload pics of what my newer snow flocked minis look like vs the older plain grass ones (I do snow by mixing snow flock with glue and applying it).
-the Snow Panda
snow piles next to green grass is usually what you will see the first couple weeks of spring when you have a late snow after the thaw (the thaw allows the grass to revive). Or on well kept lawns right before hard winter hits and the new snow hasn't hit too hard, or melts quickly.
What I would reccomend honestly is scraping the bases entirely and starting over, or if that is too difficult, Purchases some blanks and start from there. Snow fall should always be broken up with something. (A rock or tree stump, branches, or even small patches of dirt and brown grass. The other thing I would reccomend is adding boot impressions behind where the mini will be mounted.
Then remount your minis on them.
The reason I reccomend new blanks is so that while you take the time to make these perfect, you can continue to field your army.
Yes, once you've already done a base, its very hard to change it. You might be able to scrape off whats already on with a modelling knife: unless you previously convered them completely in thick layers of aint and flock. You could buy new bases, but it depends on how much of a perfectionist you are and if you want to spend the extra money. Plus, the danger of removing a model from a base is that you damage the model.
2500 points of Empire for ToXG: Points painted for month 4: 0 Points painted overall: 510
wen removing a model from a base.. (assuming it isn't pinned to the base) Use your hobby knife to try and jimmy between the base and the mini. Make sure to hold the lowest part of the mini so you don't have any glued sections of the mini between your fingers and the base.
This is what I did with the bases I screwed up on.
Sorry if I wasnt clear lol.
I really dont want to scrape off the bases I spent so much time on. Im trying to think of a way to leave patches of grass with snow perhaps? Like, snow on grass. I think it would also look better that way if I played on a grassy table (which most are like that).
So do you guys think it would look good to add snow piles/patches to the grass?
its hard to say how that would look. just try one mini and see. i think you are going to have trouble just plopping fown globs of snow here and there. post a pic of how they look now to better help us give sugestions
when i remove minis i found that heating the hobby knife in a candle is a quick way to slice the model off. like a hot knife through butter. when using a new base its quick to cover the slice job.
Base your minis based on the theme you want to play.. Remember that you can always choose the terrain to your liking at some point, to include a white felt covering. Now your opponents look out of place right?
But I would break up the monotony of white with a bit of vegetation poking out, or patches of earth showing through where the snow has melted, and yes, even grass in these spots would work well.
Ok sounds good. In about a week or two, Ill post a couple attempts at combining the grass with the snow. Tell me what you think
Ok, so here are 2 for comparison. Both are badly painted (Im showing my older figures that I use for experimentation), though my current scheme is pretty much the same (maybe some more camo colors on the pants). Which do you think looks better? Snow or grass? Any suggestions on the snow? I couldnt get the static grass to stand so well there... Yes my bases are awful because I dont spend much time doing anything but flocking them
Oh and these pics are pretty bad since I used a webcam,... if you want I can upload closer pics with a real camera. Thanks for your opinions guys! SP