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So I have my table built and I'm facing a choice on how to "base" it. The table is going to be for both 40k and fantasy, and I suppose you could call it a grasslands type area (with the occassional set of trees and hills). My mini's are based with a mix of course sand and static grass. I'm trying to decide between sanding the entire table and painting it green with brown patches (or vise versa possibly), or static grassing it with patches of sand painted brown (or vise versa as well). I believe the static grass approach will give a better look but I'm concerned about its durability, I don't want my table going bald! Any suggestions on what has and has not worked for you folks out there?
Thanks in advance,
What I did for my table (same basic idea, grassy / marshy area) was to paint the whole table with housepaint mixed with playground sand:
Mix the two in the can (i had about 1/2 a can of paint) until the can looks full
get a couple of cheap rollers and a paint tray you won't want to reuse
go for a couple of coats, so that the sand has a chance to set, and the next coat will naturally fall on the valleys of the last coat
then i got a couple of spray cans in two shades of brown and two shades of green and defined some mud patches and grassy patches. be careful and make sure you only spray paint outside (i did it in my garage with both doors open and i still ended up seeing pink elephants afterwards)
If you'd like after that, railroad flock in the same shades as the static grass you have on your bases on top of some watered down PVA glue (4:1 water:glue) to make it fuzzy
Last step, and only if you flock is to spray the whole table with a generous coat of watered down glue again to fix the flock.
Static grass is too expensive to use on an entire table, on individual pieces of terrain, sure, but the whole thing? ouch.
Thanks for the idea. I happen to have most of that stuff hanging out in the basement. I'm thinking I'll do a test run on a section of board I have as scrap and see how it works out.
they make a sheet of flocked, heavy duty paper for model railroads. It will give you the textured effect you want without any chance of going bald or all the mess of sanded paint. This is what most railroad enthusiasts use. Glue it to the table top and never worry about it again. They come in sheets large enough to do the whole table in one go.
if you wanted to use mass amounts of static grass on your table, games workshop sells a battle mat made from static grass. You could cut sections of it and glue them on the table then put sand on the other places or experiment with other variations.
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parsily is a cheap way to base a board if you are short on cash
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Has anyone based a table to create a snow effect? I am going to be building my table and creating a Cities of Death scenario. However, I want snow to be the order of the day (I am basing my Battle Sisters and my Vostroyans with snow and have even taken to sculpting piles of snow on my vehicles, using green stuff and flocking.
At the local Hobby Shop they sell rolls of grass of different types, but I cannot find rolls of anything that looks even remotely like snow. Ideally, as much as I like the winter effect, it would be good if I could roll winter up when our group decides it's time to change seasons (of course for my troops, it's always gonna be winter!)
Thanks for any help on this.
mu buddy built one for his marines were converted with snow...he used sand and white paint with craters and trenches...it came out reallllly well
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