I have been asked to describe how I do snow basing and winter cam. Now this is only the way I do it and I am sure there are plenty of other methods, but here goes!
First off with the basing.
1. I cover the base with textured paint (I use Basetex). The purpose is to blend the figure base into the base. Whilst wet, I sprinkle with a mix of sand and bird grit to give some more texture.
2. Next up is painting – I use a dark brown acrylic from the local craft shop.
3. I then dry brush the base with white.
4. I then attach tufts and dry brush them with white.
5. I then varnish – there are mixed view on this, some say varnish at the end, some say do it now or the ‘snow’ will go yellow. Anyway, I varnish now!
6. I then mix a paste of neat PVA and Bicarbonate of Soda – the aim is to have a ‘gritty’ consistency but easy enough to apply with a brush. I use an old brush (!) to put this on the base. The consistency allows you to build the snow up but also to almost dry brush it on to give a thin covering.
7. Whilst wet, sprinkle with Bicarbonate of Soda.
8. Leave to dry, brush any excess off the figure and Bob’s your uncle!
The first thing to say is that I don’t use white! I prefer an ivory/antique white as this is less bright and, I think, looks better. There are several options:
1. An overall, solid coat for something freshly applied.
2. Some form of pattern such as lines. Again, these could be solid to represent fresh cam.
3. A less fresh option! I paint the vehicle and shade as normal. I then dilute my ‘white’ paint and apply where I want it. I go quite thin at this stage and it will show a lot through. I leave to dry and go back over, staying within the same areas with slightly less dilute paint (it is normally quite a good consistency on my palette by the time I want to use it). I then just keep going with that until I have the look I want. On a 15mm vehicles, it probably only takes 2-3 goes and it gives a more faded look towards the edges of the cam.
4. I then weather. I’ll add chips of the base colour – using sponge on larger vehicles or stippling on smaller. I’ll also do the usual dirt, muck round the engine compartment, bare metal around hatch hinges and the like.
5. As a final option, you could use the snow basing method to add some accumulated snow in the nooks and crannies away from hot surfaces – round spare road wheels, for example.
And that’s it! I hope this helps and please do shout if I can help in any other way or anything is not clear.
As for the end result – there are loads more picture on my Flickr account:
Monty the Desert Rat