Right from the start I wanted my Space Wolves to have snowy bases. It fits their character and complements their colours.
I spent a great deal of time online looking at various ways and materials to create snowy bases and finally settled on the use of PVA glue and Bicarbonate of Soda. This gave me the fluffy pure snow look I wanted.
Here's how I did it.
You will need ...
Very few materials are required for this and all are readily available.
- Bicarbonate of soda (i.e. Sodium Bicarbonate, or Baking Soda) – if you don't know what this is, you'll find it in the baking section of supermarkets.
- PVA glue
- A small container for mixing
- On old brush or similar for application
Stage 1: making the mix
You will need to create a paste with the PVA glue and bicarbonate of soda. A roughly 50/50 mix is about right.
Stage 2: applying the pasteNow, it's just a case of applying the paste to your base.
Just scoop and gloop it on the base wherever you think looks good. You can move it around quite effectively if the paste is thick enough so don't worry if it doesn't go on right first time. In the above photo you can see my first gloop of paste, and below are shots after the base is covered to a point where I'm happy.
As you can see, I left some areas uncovered for contrast. Don't be afraid to cover a model's feet, otherwise they may look like they're floating on the snow. Please disregard for Legolas models.
Stage 3: sprinkle sprinkle
Now to create the pure and fluffy look I sprinkled bicarbonate of soda onto the wet paste. It will stick on a bit like other scatter materials like sand or static grass, but it will not dissolve into the paste.
|Sorry for the lighting on this one. [[insert joke about yellow snow]]|
You can be quite liberal here, as I was, if you wish. You can also apply a little glue to the model's lower legs if you want it to look like it has been trudging through deep snow.
Now just wait for the paste to dry. It will probably take a day.
Stage 4: brush and blow
Now we need to gently brush and blow off any excess bicarbonate of soda as not all of it will stick down. I used a soft flat brush for this.
And that's that. Another nice simple tutorial.
Let me know if you have any other snow techniques in the comments.