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Although this isn't truly painting, I wasn't shure where else to put it...
My question is, what type of adhesive (glue) should I use to attach my sand/gravel/static grass?
In the past I have used White Glue, you know... the kind that you use in Public School and it never seems to dry. Unfortunatly I have found that, at least for me, White Glue just won't cut it!
Also, any tips to painting bases/ order in which I should layer them in (I have heard you should attach the sand and gravel before spray painting, and static grass after painting in general) But when should I varnish?
Thanks for the help in advance
Also the fastest way is drybryshing from dark browns to very bright colours like bleached bone
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Also a good thing is to give the sand different colours- like you paint a spot with scorched brown, and another spot with black.
You hgihlight the scorched brown spot with bleached bone, and the black with codex grey and later with white- this looks pretty good imho
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That is (pretty much) PVA glue, yuppers.
The way I do it is:
+ Sort out any "3D" additions to the base (large rocks etc)
+ Glue sand down, with about a 40/60 mix of water/PVA
+ When the glue on the sand is dry, I paint over a mix of about 70/30 water/PVA, to seal the sand down
+ Then I paint
+ Then, if I'm using any, I'll add static grass, snow etc etc
To glue static grass down, I usually use a mix of about 30/70 water/PVA, but if I'm in a hurry then liquid superglue (not the gel kind) works fairly well.
To make static grass stick up, pick up a small ammount between you fingers, and drop it from a small distance. Then, pick up the model, and blow gently upwards, from below the base. This should help it stick up.
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I glue my grass down with superglue. People will tell you that the fumes will 'frost up' the model and they'd be right. Which is why I only do sparse patches of grass and let it set in a ventilated area.
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For the glue PVA-glue is the best, in Finland we have this PVA-glue called Erikeeper, which almost has the status of Duct Tape, you could fix anything with it. It's also fairly cheap. If PVA-glue isn't found steady enough one can use wood-glue, with almost the consistence of PVA but much better hold, takes a bit longer to dry but the result is great.
When you are sealing your sand after glueing it down, try using a tiny bit of washing up liquid with the water/pva mix. This just helps to break the surface tension of the mix and it covers the sand better i have found.
I use superglue to glue just about everything to the base. The reason is - I have found that your typical PVA glue over time becomes brittle and the base can come up. I have'nt had this happen with super glue. I agree - use the liquid form and not the gel.
My only thought about super glue, is that it would become all frosty, and probably be all brittle and stuff. I use Elmers glue straight up. For the actual painting, i use scortched brown, drybrushed graveyard earth, and then bleached bone. It looks very good, and when dryed it looks very foresty, good for my army.
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I should clarify ... I actually use Zap a Gap not superglue brand. Not that it should make much of a difference. As to frosting... For things such as sand, gravel, etc. frosting shouldn't be an issue one way or another. Now I also use it for static grass and I have never had a frosting issue. That might be a temperature/humidity issue causing this.
I have used elmers straight as well and like I said over time I have noticed on figures (a few years old) the base sand/grass, etc. was peeling up on the edges. I have never had this problem with the zap a gap. My thoughts are why spend all the energy for the chance of something bad happening. I stick to what I have found works...
If anything maybe on larger pieces such as terrain I would use wood glue or other strong adhesive that is fairly inexpensive. It wouldn't be cost effective to use the zap a gap on such a large scale.