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I was thinking about snow bases the other day (cuz I have very dark miniatures), and got an idea to have crystal instead.
I'm not sure how to describe it.
You know how there are those rock caves.. and in fantasy games and stuff, they're always all crystalline and stuff?
It would be neat to have that kind of crystalline material for a base.
Alright, someone just post if you know what I'm talking about, even
Looking also for a method besides breaking a glass bottle into a million pieces and gluing it on.
Salt and spray varnish. You may need to experiment a bit with the different types of salt though, to get the size of crystal you want.
If you want some largish crystals (asay knee high on a model) go down to a local market or something like that and see if they have any quartz crystals. They are cheap and plentiful.
Salt + PVA glue? Will it not discolor over time?
With PVC glue, probably yes. But the spray varnish that GW and other companies sell is both air-tight and inert. Over time the salt will actually get clearer due to it being bleached by light.
Is it adhesive?
I can't imagine sprinkling salt on the base and then spraying it.
Even a glue-stik (TM) would work. It doesn't have to be a strong a bond because it is light and the varnish will prevent it getting brushed off.
Go to either a gardening shop or one of those shop that you can smell even when your on the main street outside (lol) i have seen some pink/purpley rocks that you can get (there supposed to be put in big vases and look pretty in your window) these i beleive are what youy are looking for, crackem up and put bits on or slabs of it. it is quite expensive and will need to be pinned/ super glued which both may leave marks.
good idea, i was going to use some for a sorc with a beam of it for a spell
Water-based glue (pva) is probably a bad idea since salt is water soluble... As mentioned cheap crystals could be used for larger the stones.. I'd paint the base before adding the crystals though, since they are transparent you might be able to get some interesting effects by painting the base before you add the crystals.
You could also make large crystals out of bits of carved sprue, like the necron ones.
What's wrong with broken up glass? Just put it in a sock or pillow case first, then beat it with a hammer. Use super glue.
My blast template of S10 AP2 will toast all terminators.