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Snowy bases

Postby Sjeng » Tuesday March 13th, 2012 1:32pm

How would one go about making a snowy base, for the ice gremlins and frozen horror etc? Any tips?

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Re: Snowy bases

Postby Goblin-King » Tuesday March 13th, 2012 1:56pm

The best way to do these bases kinda depends on your other minis. You want a look that doesn't stand out too much when compared.
Here is how I would do it:

1) Buy a can of "snow". Like you can buy grass, gravel and other base textures
2) Paint mini
3) Paint base white
4) Apply watered down glue with brush
5) Cover base with "snow"
6) Leave to dry
7) Brush off excessive snow
8) ???
9) Profit

If you don't want it to be flat you could use green stuff to add some bumps.
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Re: Snowy bases

Postby Sjeng » Tuesday March 13th, 2012 4:16pm

okay thanks. I was wondering what glue to use, and I saw a video on Youtube using baking soda as snow, which looked neat. I just don't know what baking soda is in Dutch :P
and what does PVA glue mean?

I'm basically looking for a cheap solution, so I need to know what PVA glue and baking soda is in Holland ;)

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Re: Snowy bases

Postby Goblin-King » Tuesday March 13th, 2012 4:55pm

PVA glue is normal white liquid glue. That stuff kids use in school :-)

Baking soda is a white powder used among other things to make bread rise. Be careful not to confuse it with baking powder.
It is also called sodium bicarbonate, bicarbonate of soda or NaHCO3

I have no experience with baking soda though...


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Re: Snowy bases

Postby Maike05 » Saturday September 21st, 2013 12:23pm

Hello I would do that by applying fine sand to the base with PVA glue. Then prime it white and finally applying a wash of light blue watered down a lot.


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Re: Snowy bases

Postby knightkrawler » Saturday September 21st, 2013 1:01pm

Or an orangey yellow wash on a goblin's base.
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Re: Snowy bases

Postby bruenor » Saturday September 21st, 2013 3:56pm

Goblin-King wrote:PVA glue is normal white liquid glue. That stuff kids use in school :-)

Baking soda is a white powder used among other things to make bread rise. Be careful not to confuse it with baking powder.
It is also called sodium bicarbonate, bicarbonate of soda or NaHCO3

I have no experience with baking soda though...


This gives you this effect;

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Whereas this was done with the "snow" basing material that Games Workshop put out with their basing kits.


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Re: Snowy bases

Postby chaoticprime » Saturday September 21st, 2013 6:55pm

You could buy some Gorilla Glue, brush it onto the affected areas (bye-bye, brush) and then spritz a bit of water onto it. After about twenty minutes, it will foam up to about 4-6 times its brushed-on thickness. Paint that white.


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Re: Snowy bases

Postby herman_the_german » Sunday October 25th, 2015 11:45pm

Talcum powder looks pretty good.

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Re: Snowy bases

Postby ampersand » Monday October 26th, 2015 2:00pm

http://wappellious.blogspot.co.uk/

this dude seems to be the master of bases. i think he paints more bases than actual miniatures. anyways im sure you can find many different methods on his blog.


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