SNOW BASING AND WINTER CAM!

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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!

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Winter Cam.

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.

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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:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/101018826@N02/

Monty the Desert Rat

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