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Guard Of The Citadel
03-06-2008, 19:30
Here are some guides for painting snowy bases, enjoy :)

Classic Snow

This is the simplest method of achieving a snow effect on your bases. It uses the "classic" Games Workshop basing style of painted sand.

1) Start by basecoating the sand with Shadow Grey.
2) Drybrush with Space Wolves Grey.
3) Finally, drybrush the base with a coat of Skull White.
4) Paint the edges with Space Wolves Grey and you're finished!

Snow Putty:

With this technique, you can create a realistic representation of snow. The putty will hold up a little bit better than the snow flock mix but requires a little more work. Assemble the model separately from its base. Add sand in a few patches on the base, and then cover the remaining area with modeling putty. Keep your fingers wet, smooth out the putty, and remove all fingerprints. Then, before the putty hardens, press the model into the "snow." The putty should be enough to bond the model to the base, but if it comes loose once the putty is dry, simply glue the figure back into its footprints.

1) Paint the sand by drybrushing with browns as you would for the other techniques.
2) Basecoat the snow with Shadow Grey.
3) Next, paint the snow with Space Wolves Grey.
4) Finally, paint the snow with Skull White, leaving a bit of grey showing in the recesses to create the illusion of shadow. Paint the edges with Bestial Brown.

Frozen Tundra:

This basing scheme doesn't use any snow. The sand is painted to look like frost-covered earth dotted with patches of moss. The result is a bleak frozen tundra.

1) Basecoat the sand with Graveyard Earth.
2) Paint Kommando Khaki over the base.
3)Drybrush with Bleached Bone.
4) Apply a very light drybrushing of Skull White and paint the edges with Space Wolves Grey. Then use white glue to add sparse patches of green flock to the base. Remember to keep it sparse, as there shouldn't be much moss growing on the frozen earth.

Snow Paste:

For a more fluffy appearance, prepare a 1:1 mix of water and white glue. Stir in the snow flock to create a white paste. Continue to add snow until the mix is as thick as mashed potatoes. Before spreading the mix onto the base, paint a patch of Skull White where the snow will cover.

1) Basecoat the sand with Scorched Brown.
2) Next, drybrush Snakebite Leather over the base.
3) Drybrush with Kommando Khaki, and then again lightly with Bleached Bone.
4) Before adding the snow paste, add a few clumps of static grass. Use brown static grass so it looks like dead weeds. Paint the sides of the base with Snakebite Leather, and then add the snow!

Melting Snow:

One of the easiest ways to achieve a snowy effect is to apply white snow flock over painted sand. However, snow flock by itself is not very white or fluffy; it lies flat and as it dries, it absorbs some of the colour of the paint. However, the snow flock does make very effective "melting" snow.

1) Basecoat the sand with Scorched Brown.
2) Next, drybrush Snakebite Leather over the base.
3) Drybrush with Kommando Khaki, and then again lightly with Bleached Bone.
4) With white glue, apply a thick layer of snow flock. Paint the edges of the base with Scorched Brown.

From left to right: Classic Snow, Snow Putty, Frozen Tundra, Snow Paste and Melting Snow

lorelorn
04-06-2008, 07:24
Thanks for posting that. I like the frozen tundra especially

Guard Of The Citadel
04-06-2008, 09:02
Thanks for posting that. I like the frozen tundra especially

No problem :) Frozen Tundra is also one of my favourites

haldirelrond
16-06-2008, 10:03
this is really good well done