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Has anybody done much with snow, i.e. basing or applying it to places on the model to give the impression that they are fighting in a blizzard? I am painting my Vostroyans and using flocking on their hats and shoulder armour as well as their bases. In addition, after looking up some old W.W. II pics on the 'Net, I have started sculpting piles of snow on my tanks with greenstuff. I shall then apply flocking to these snow piles. (And the second that I can afford a digital camera, there will be pictures to share, believe me!)
In the meantime, I was wondering if anyone had pictures of this sort of thing that they might care to share?
P.S. Rather than leaving the snow pure white, would perhaps dry brushing with ice blue enhance the effect, do you suppose?
I have done a several snow bases using a product called Techstar snowflakes. I believe techstar mainly does stuff for the military models but it works great. I think it has a realistic look to it.
There is the woodland scenic stuff but I don't think it turns out looking very real. I know a lot of people use baking soda but again in person I don't think it looks all that realistic.
Personally I never inked the snow or tinted it (other than to add some blood to the snow).
It is very easy to use - mix a bit of it with glue/water to get a thick batter like consistency and then dab it in place. You might need to do a second coat once it dries to fill it out and if you want a fresh snow look sprinkle some of the snowflakes over what you just did. For a frosted look on a figure/machine you could sprinkle some on the figure and then spray varnish it to hold it in place.
The techstar snowflakes are a micro-bead product so you want to make sure you don't breath in the stuff. I accidently did when I sneezed near the open container and I was caughing for over 1/2 an hour. Miserable stuff to inhail!
Here are some things I have done with the snow...
I don't have any personal experience, however. My suggestion would be to use regular snow flock and put a coating over everything to your own taste. From there if you feel that a little more depth is needed you can do one of two things.
A) Put a heavily (emphasis on that [seriously, very very heavily]) watered down wash of ice blue (or other very very light blue colour) over the things that need depth, such as snow piles and similar things, it's slightly lower realism, but it does give a strong perception of the cold.
Put a heavily (again, very very heavily) watered down wash of whatever colour would be under the snow. This would be to represent a much lighter snowfall where you can still see bits of the grass\sand\rock\whatever that is underneath the light snow covering. It'll add a bit of life to your model and prevent you from getting a sort of boring flat white base.
Again, I cannot promise success with either of these techniques, however they are both things that, to me, would add a bit of colour to break up a potentially rather bleak base or pile of snow.
I would also suggest making up a few fake piles and testing different combinations and methods until you find one you like, that way if something goes wrong with one method it's on something you can just toss, rather than a model you've put a bunch of work into.
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Thanks for the great pics. One question: How did you make the icicles dripping from the rock? I mean they're clear which would rule out green stuff. The only other thing that I can imagine is that you sneezed on the piece (just kidding!)
Those look awesome, Slorak. I might have to try that stuff out myself. If I can get it to work as well as you did, I may be re-basing some wood elves.
The Icicles came from a tutorial I learned at The Artisans Edge.
It is very easy to do. I used fishing wire and Woodland scenics water effects. You might be able to do it with white glue as well. Just take the fishing wire and dab it into the water effects. let it dry for about 24 hours and it dries clear. You may need to re-dab it into the water effects to create different thicknesses. Only dab them as long as you want the icicles. Then just cut and super glue into place. Easy as pie!