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So now that I have my Guard done I need to base, and for fluff reasons I want to use the GW snow flock. Guard being my first army I have never based before. I want the snow to be just above the ankle or higher, so I am wondering if I can just use the snow or do I need to get small pebbles to make it higher. Also if any one has used the snow flock could you give me some advice please?
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Well, I used GW snow flock before. But I didn't really like their stuff. It feels like snow... but it's to thin I think. Takes more layers, thus takes more tubs of snow. I do think however that raising the "floor" to make the snow look higher would be worth a try. Although, I probably would have done it with Greenstuff.
But I guess people around here can tell you where to get decent snowflock, or even how to make it yourself (I've seen a tutorial on the web some time ago)
If you want it to be up to the ankles, cut the feet off your troops. Then just base normally.
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I use the snow flock on my wood elf army. Just snow flock on top of glue looks a bit like melting snow. If you don't want this effect, the easiest thing to do is to paint the areas you want to have snow on them white before putting down the flock. GW has some decent little tutorials for snow bases (link), but some of them would probably be too much trouble for a bunch of figures.
If your figs are already assembled and painted, you're either going to need to use green stuff or sand to get the snow up to ankle level. Otherwise, catbarf's advice would probably work well.
Good luck with the bases. Be sure and post some photos for us.
I have Snow bases on both my Necrons as my Space Wolfs, i do this:
1: After the model is painted i use PVA glue to add sand and some very small rocks/slates.
2: Mix the GW flock with soem PVA till you get a kind of paste, this will make the snow look higher and you don´t neet to layer it 3 times.
3: I have some pre made railroad snow trees wich i use to add bushes to my models, just clip off the requierd size and press it in the paste you put on the base.
4: Now you only have to sprinkle some flock over the paste and you have snow bases.
CLICK for link to one of my finished bases.
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I have used again GW's snow flock and I kind of liked it, because it is easy to use.
You can make a paste out of it as nexus-star does or just use it on top to show that it started to snow some time before! I go for the second choice!
My Space Wolves used to have snow on the bases, due to Fenris and all, and my Alexander's Sons Chapter has on some model bases too!
What is the best way to get a snow effect partially on a base.
For example: The bases i am working on atm are for a slaaneshi army and i have used cork to make slate type rocks and i have then bases the rest of the surface with fine sand, i now want to add static grass in a couple small clumps per base as dead grass and then some clumps, areas of snow on the ground, to indicate an autumn, start of winter feel.
So what is the best way to do just a small portion of my base?
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All you have to do is put PVA glue on the portion of the base you want the snow and then dip that certain portion in the snow flock of GW or other manufacturer...
Then you have to shake off the excess snow and if persistant use a brush to take off the snow off portions of the base you don't want to be snowy... But GW's snow floc is nice to have on any base...
Then you have to varnish the base in order not to lose the snow flock with the time passing!
You can see also GW's website in the modelling section for more information! :w00t:
being a big fan of snow bases i may be able to help
on both of these small tutorials practice on some spare bases you should have loads lying about.
first off GW snow flock.Its not great but its easy
base the model as you would normally sand/gravel, paint or ink it,Drybrush etc (i wont go mad on this as their are plenty of tutorials) ,then apply pva to the base in areas you want snow apply snow flock wait for it to dry.After it is dry it will look more like slush than snow.
I then paint over mine in white wait for this to dry and then flock over it again.
The next is much nicer
Bicarbonate of soda (NOT BAKING POWDER)
Ice blue paint or white paint
base model again as you would but do not use any kind of grass as this method will cause the colour to run on the flock
Mix some bicarbonate with pva glue about 50/50
add a small amout of ice blue paint (i mean small or it will send your snow past too blue) this will give it a slight blue tint if done right or if not confident about the blue just use pure white paint skull white will do.Its just to keep the colour of the snow.
what you need is a consistency of a slightly thinned toothpaste add water to get this right
apply this to the base using the end of a paint brush (not the bristles) a sculpting tool or anything similar.
place models in a tray and sprinkle just bicarbonate soda on to the wet snow paste and gently pat it down (not too much).
wait for it to dry over night is best or at least for a good 3-4 hours if you are very impatient.
when dry gently brush of the loose bicarbonate with a dry,clean,soft brush and your done.
its actually a little quicker than the first method and 100 times better looking.
oh and its cheaper.
if you are covering the whole base in snow you can just skip the bits about basing normally
I would post some pics but i really dont know how to, if someone it willing to do it for me i can send them a couple of pics.
hope this helps