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How do you do that? is it just dipping in special glue? wouldn't it stick to the model? I wana try with some of my new guardsmen for a extra "artsy" feel.

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Just doing snow bases? It's just like any other base. Watered Down PVA Glue and some Snow Flock.

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Grab a crappy old brush you don't care about, dip it in some Elmer's glue or something (water it down if you hafta), paint it on the base, dip the base in the flock. Works for me, at least!

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I hear it's probably good practice to put another layer of elmer's/pva over the top as well - on the bases I've flocked in the past, the flock has rubbed off partially over time.

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Alright, next week I will give it a try once my Platoon Command is all done up.

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Here is how I get really detailed snow bases:

Materials:
GW Modelling sand/Model train ballast
PVA Glue
Elmer's Glue
Old Paintbrush to use with the glue
Devlan Mud Wash
Space Wolf Grey Paint
Skull White Paint
Super Glue
Snow Flock/GW Modelling snow

1. Using an old brush, place PVA glue (not elmer's) on the base of the figure being careful not to get any on the figure itself. The reason you want PVA glue is because it is thicker and easier to control with a brush. The elmer's glue is thinner and will flow like paint if you are not careful.
2. Using ballast (from model train stores) or sand from GW, place your base into the sand/ballast and cover it. I recommend the sand from GW because it has a mix of different sizes of grain.
3. Romve the base and take your elmer's glue and water it down. I am not sure of the ratio but it should be thin enough that is has the consistency of a wash.
4. Paint the thinned glue over your base. This will give an extra layer of bond for the material.
5. Let dry for a few hours.
6. When glue is dry, using a generous amount of Devlan Mud wash, go over the sand. This works well with the GW Sand as it is already a brown color. The wash will give the ground cover some depth.
7. Allow the wash to dry for a few hours.
8. Dry brush Space Wolf Grey on areas you will be placing the snow. You will want to plan the area you want snow to be placed, then dry brush a larger area as this will have the effect of the snow thinning out on the ground.
9. Dry brush skull white on the area you will be placing snow.
10. Allow to dry a few hours. I recommend leaving it overnight because if the paint is not fully dry, the colors my bleed into the snow flock.
11. Using super glue, place it on a smaller area than you are planning to place the snow. You will build up your snow with several layer to give it depth. I also said to use super glue as this type of glue has a frosting effect on surfaces which goes will with snow bases.
12. Flock the super glue. I recommend the GW Snow because it reacts better with the super glue.
13. Place another layer of super glue on an area larger than the snow you have placed. Include placing glue on the snow that you have just placed. This build up again will give depth to your snow.
14. You can keep building it up but I am usually satisfied with 2-3 layers. Single layers of snow will show your base material through.

Tips: I dry brushed Space Wolf Grey and Skull White very lightly on the edges of cloaks to show some snow clinging to the ends. The same can be done for boots though I chose not to.

The GW Staff from the local store taugh me this technique and showed me how to do it using his own base. He gave me the sample after it was done. My tweaks were that I washed the sand with Devlan Mud (he primed it black). He used Shadow Grey as a base color and dry brushed SPace Wolf Grey and Skull White. This gives the base the look of iced ground which I did not want. I wanted the snow fall on regular soil/ground which is why I used brown (Devlan Mud) as a ground color.

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Excellent guide! Have you posted that in the tutorial section?

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I will when I have the photos up.

   
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I mix a little bit of snow flock with water and glue and use a cheap brush to spoon it onto the base in selected areas. I think wet the brush and use it to thin out the mix, so that it will flow around the grass and dirt, to give it a late winter/early spring look. So far, it's worked out for me.

   
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Modeling sand seems a bit silly to me, though. Five bucks for a little jar of fake sand, or five bucks for a five-pound bag of real sand. This assumes you don't live anywhere near nature with real sand, in which case you get a jar, collect, wash sand, profit. (I lucked out and can use the latter. (: )

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Here's an article for using Woodland Scenics Snow.

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I use baking soda for my snow. I put down a layer of fine sand first and then the baking soda over the top. It works well as it will clump and layer like snow does. A coat of matte varnish over the top keeps it from rubbing off too much (no more than any other flock).
   
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What kind of snow do you want?

Once I went for melting snow (spring is coming!) and I applied sand on the bases, and then I applied watered down white acrylics on some parts of the base, and I went further and applied a brush with water only on some sections, watering the paint even more, it gave a nice effect.

   
 
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