Snow on Bases.
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 21

Thread: Snow on Bases.

  1. #1

    Default Snow on Bases.

    I am painting a V.C. army and I'm putting snow on the bases. I'm looking for some tips or pics about the best way to get a cool snow effect. I have some of the citadel snow and I'm experimenting. Talk to me people. Thanks.

  2. #2

    Default

    You can use baking soda+glass powder+diluted wood glue. Then add some more glass powder to make it shine a bit.
    And it gives this:http://www.fullrepent.fr/spip.php?article65

  3. #3

    Default

    I use tile grout ( white of course) to build up the area that I want to be snow. The relatively thick nature of the grout means you can get nice curves and folds around the edges of the snow. Then PVA whatever snow powder you have on top of that.
    Here's an example :-http://www.coolminiornot.com/185978
    What you leave behind is not what is written on your tombstone but what is written in the heart of others.

  4. #4

  5. #5
    Superfreak!!! Torn blue sky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Under your bed.
    Posts
    7,213
    Blog Entries
    3
    Rep Power
    21

    Default

    Does anyone recount something about adding watered PVA glue to the Citadel snow? I've seen some great effects done with this, I actually really like the citadel snow since it's so very VERY fine. I'm not 100% on this but i'm sure it had something to do with watering PVA and adding it to the snow, it gives a solid packed feel to the texture.
    Where would you find glass powder, Cheelfy? I'm pondering painting up some Space Wolf termies and I wanna go the snow route. The pics base looks great!

  6. #6

    Default

    I've used that combination on some bases before and it has come out nicely. I mixed PVA glue with the citadel snow until I got a mixture about the consistency of toothpaste. I basically globbed it on to the base in patches and it smoothes itself down and dries looking like a decent powdery buildup. I'll see if I can locate a pic for you

  7. #7

    Default

    I have used PVA glue and white paint mixed together about 50:50, this will make it very thick so you can have something that looks like a small pile of snow, then put baking soda (or natron) over it, it is much saver and healthier than the glass powder and very cheap and easy to archive! If you check out they have some great tutorials on snow and a couple of tricks on how to add snow to the mini itself!

  8. #8

    Default

    hi fellow mini artist!!!
    I have a question: i hear a lot of people use baking soda to create snow effect but doesn't the soda turn yellow after some time?? (heard people complain about this)

  9. #9

    Default

    From what I've heard, baking powder yellows, but baking soda doesn't. This is probably because baking powder is baking soda plus some extra stuff, whereas baking soda is simply sodium bicarbonate.

  10. #10

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Torn blue sky
    Does anyone recount something about adding watered PVA glue to the Citadel snow?
    I haven't done this with the GW stuff but I have with baking soda and it's great because you can make a thick paste and sort of sculpt it into position on the groundwork. On top of that you can make little balls of the stuff when it has stiffened up and wet them, put them into position with the tip of a brush on the snow surface or on the figure and they'll stick pretty well.

    I mixed the two basic ingredients together on the palette and added as much water as needed to make the paste workable - it gets way too thick very easily without any water. And more water can be mixed in later on if it gets too stiff again.

    The pics don't show it very clearly but the snow on this entry in my gallery was done this way.

    Glass powder (or 'powder', some of it is tiny glass balls) is available under a few names but you can usually get it anywhere they sell casting supplies as it's a filler/bulking agent for casting resin; Microballoons is one of the common names for it. Resin powders are also available which are less of an inhalation hazard.


    Quote Originally Posted by locutus
    hi fellow mini artist!!!
    I have a question: i hear a lot of people use baking soda to create snow effect but doesn't the soda turn yellow after some time?? (heard people complain about this)
    What Firestryke31 said. In fact his post is nearly exactly what I was going to type!

    I have some groundwork with baking soda snow that's around 20 years old now, still white as it was day one - this was done using the sprinkle method, so the baking soda is fully exposed to air.

    Einion

  11. #11

    Default

    It does. My Nurgle Deamon look like the went pee on the snow.

  12. #12

    Default

    Regardless of your method I'd make sure the work area and materials are clean as well. I've seen people have discoloring come from weird palettes or from the water used to thin down their mixture. Agreed on the Baking soda, it works well without giving the grassy look the GW stuff can do if not mixed properly

  13. #13

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Torn blue sky View Post
    Where would you find glass powder, Cheelfy? I'm pondering painting up some Space Wolf termies and I wanna go the snow route. The pics base looks great!
    Glass powder is prohibited to selling (in France, don't know if it's the same in other countries) but I has some from a friend about 2 years ago. My friend doesn't have any left so he's trying to get some from an optician but it's not sure he'll get it. I've also read you could make some yourself by crushing a bulb but I'm not 100% sure about that. This is a dangerous product so wear a mask when you're using it and make sure you don't spill some everywhere while dusting.

  14. #14

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by the humungus
    It does. My Nurgle Deamon look like the went pee on the snow.
    That was likely your glue/adhesive then. Or something bled through from beneath.


    Quote Originally Posted by cheelfy
    Glass powder is prohibited to selling (in France, don't know if it's the same in other countries)...
    That shouldn't be an obstacle if you order it from overseas, eBay would probably be a good place to start but suppliers of casting materials should be able to post to any part of Europe without a problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by cheelfy
    I've also read you could make some yourself by crushing a bulb but I'm not 100% sure about that.
    Yep, you can do this; I tried it recently. You'd want to use a porcelain (or glass) pestle and mortar for best results I think.

    Einion

  15. #15
    Coffin Dodger / Keymaster airhead's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    sunny orlando
    Posts
    7,634
    Rep Power
    25

    Default

    microballoons are not glass powder - that is they are not simply ground up glass.
    Microballoons are hollow glass spheres near microscopic in size. Breathing them in quantity would not be good (but neither would anything else other than air.) but small amounts are inert to the body.
    Microballoons give a very white snow look.
    Try model airplane stores or marine (boat) supply stores or fiberglass suppliers.

    Ground glass is very hard on everything it gets near. It is an irritant to the body.
    I would not use it in my minis.

    Alum is a spice used in canning and pickling. Sprinkled on top of fresh baking soda/pva or microballoon/pva will give that glittery crusted over snow look.
    My Favorites
    I'm at and falling.
    si vis pacem, para bellum

    This post has been made with 100% recycled electrons.

  16. #16

    Default

    I've favored the Galeforce 9 snow flock. It's white, stays white and it actually looks a bit like overgrown snowflakes (compared to the models of course). I usually mix it with some white glue and occasionally add a really small amount of white paint if I want an even more frosty look. After you've applied the mix on your base, sprinkle a bit more flock for a powder snow look. Or make it look like melting slush by "painting" some clean water over the paste.
    Will paint miniatures for food

  17. #17

    Default

    Had good results in the past with microballoons mixed up with pva glue and a drop of white or pale blue paint depending on the result I was after.

  18. #18

    Default

    I use the GW snow flock and it works great just mixed with white glue.

  19. #19
    Consummate Brushlicker Jericho's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    Edmonton, AB
    Posts
    2,340
    Blog Entries
    78
    Rep Power
    20

    Default

    I also use the Citadel stuff, mixed with glue and a bit of water. When you hit the "happy spot" in the mixing, it looks very dry and disgusting, but when applied with a wet brush to the base it's perfect. It settles a bit and smooths out without losing its shape entirely. Great for adding lumpy/trodden snow to the bases, instead of having marshmallow patches on the ground miraculously unstepped on by human feet

  20. #20

    Default

    PVA Glue + Water + Woodland Scenic Snow.

    you can get just about any consistenct, depending on your need. Definately worth the price (since you'll most likely never get through it)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Privacy Policy  |   Terms and Conditions  |   Contact Us  |   The Legion


Copyright © 2001-2018 CMON Inc.

-->