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Arteis0212 Jan 2018 4:05 a.m. PST

This New Year it was time to replenish my stock of sand for my figure basing. I use a very specific type of sand that comes from a particular beach in New Zealand.

So I drove the 600 kilometres to Cathedral Cove on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, where I grabbed a couple of handfuls of sand to take home.


Hey, it's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it!

More pics and info about this unique sand on my blog: link



Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2018 4:26 a.m. PST

Welcome to Narnia!


doublesix6612 Jan 2018 4:29 a.m. PST

Arteis I really feel for your hardship 😁

Karellian Knight12 Jan 2018 4:54 a.m. PST

Oh god, it's looks awful there! People, sun, sand, brrr give me a British winter any day.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Jan 2018 6:23 a.m. PST
robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2018 9:39 a.m. PST

Yes, it's dedication like that which makes us miniature gamers!

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2018 11:06 a.m. PST

I did the same thing, with a red sand/micro-gravel, from the North Shore of Lake Superior. It's great to mix in with other colors of sand. I find that mixing different colors together, allows me to paint the bases with PVA/Wood Glue, swirl the figure on its base in the sand mixture, and it comes out looking marvelous. Nothing more needs doing, except to let it dry/harden. No painting, no dry-brushing necessary. The key, of course, is to have at least two different colors of sand; I also mix in some model RR ballast, as rocks, to further vary the results.


My sand-filled pan for swirling bases in.


A tree with a painted base, and one which has had the sand/ballast mixture applied to it.

I tend to use the red sand/micro-gravel with tan sand, and gray RR ballast, for dungeon themed bases, or more rocky terrain themed bases. No real rules, however. It will work with green sands, as well, breaking up the colors, adding some variation to it. Cheers!

Arteis0212 Jan 2018 3:51 p.m. PST

My Cathedral Cove sand makes bases like this:




Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2018 4:05 p.m. PST

I have been using sand from Nassau for my Pirates. Running out, so maybe must bite the bullet and go back for more.


Syrinx012 Jan 2018 7:39 p.m. PST

I think the Cathedral Cove sand makes some really fine looking bases. Living near lake superior where it is currently only 17 degrees, I think a trip to New Zealand would be much nicer.

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