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I'm starting a new army here soon and so want a new basing scheme that I could carry over to some terrain (sorry if this is the wrong forum, if it is I'd appreciate a mod moving it). I've had a few local players show me how to do some cool snow effects, but I have yet to see something that looks like a realistic ice effect, in the sense of deep winter ice over a pond. We've all either lived in a cold climate or seen enough movies to know what I'm talking about, especially some of the darker or gothier themed movies. I'm assuming I would achieve this with some sort of variant on a water effect, I just have no idea how to go about it.
Has anyone done this or something similar? I could really use the help as anything I've tried with paints alone has just looked...bland and fake and I don't want that for the army. Trying to get at least one good looking one out there...
I would suggest:
Paint the base. best to experiment first - this will be distorted by the finished product though
A ) PVA glue it (it dries see-through
B ) Yacht Varnish ? will be very smooth though. To get thickness you may need to work out some way of getting a tube lined with greaseproof paper round the edge (as it'll just run off otherwise) then retro-fitting the model
C ) Or water effect / you can get some gel like tubs that are sculptable (experiment with semi-dry for cracks etc)
If you wanted to give it a tint of color add ink (small amounts), and maybe snow on top
OR paint base, add clear acrylic plasticard - prob won't be that good though
Put up pics when finished please / a tutorial
Here is something I did for a diorama years ago (sorry - lost long ago and no pics!!), but this is what I did and it was pretty fast and easy.
I needed a frozen pond, so when I sculpted the base foundation (just air dry clay) I indented the pond area a bit. Then I painted the inside of it with some deep colors - kind of blended into a really dark center. Then I got a sheet of thick acetate (can't really remember where I got it, but it was just barely flexible - it could be any thickness I suppose) and airbrushed some white 'frost' on it. Then I placed it over the top of the pond and sculpted some more material on the edge to cover the edges. The rest was painted as normal, but the pond was the greatest part of the whole piece - it really had some depth.
Hope this helps...
In fact, I
Ha! Not sure where that came from at the end of my post - maybe I was trailing off on a thought of doing that over again on a frozen tundra game table...
Haha thanks for the advice. If I can borrow some water effect from a friend (recently lost employment...hated the place anyways) I'll definitely give it all a go.
Also my store has some of those modular GW Gaming tables, and has been lending them out for flockification... if this works I may make a winter themed board.
I remember that gw did a winter war series of articles on their website for various snow themed boards. They looked at a couple of techniques for adding icicles to buildings and even modified the realm of battle board by icing over the skull cracks.
Sorry I have no time as I am about to head off to work soon otherwise I would find you a link for it.
If you are using the effect on model bases, you prob won't have much room to pool up water effects/resin, etc to get the effect that way.. If it was for a model base I would probably just go with a dark-painted base layered with a good 5-6 layers of brush-on gloss varnish for depth. A better bet might be gloss medium which you can get from an art supplies store - this stuff is thicker and would require less layers. Between layers you could streak a watery white/pale-blue to create that frosty icy look and give a bit of depth, streaking in different directions at each layer.
Then a light dusting of fresh snowfall on the ice.
I'm going to be making a frozen pond sometime this monthish, so I'll maybe post some pics up of how I go about it; a bit different to bases but kinda related
I hope it all works out for you