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Anything but a six25 Apr 2018 12:39 p.m. PST

Need some for some colonial gunboats I'm scratch building. Thinking about using modeling clay but am interested in any other ideas.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2018 12:46 p.m. PST

I recently saw someone using short-grained rice. Looked good, and I suppose one could cook up your terrain later. I'm planning to give it a try (the first part, not the second part).

Colonel Bogey25 Apr 2018 1:10 p.m. PST

I've seen tutorials with Milliput. You work out the width you want; mark 2 lines on your worktop correspondingly; roll out a Milliput "sausage" and flatten it to fit between the lines; cut off the sandbags and gently smooth the cut ends.
I've not yet tried it myself, but it looked relatively easy.

thosmoss25 Apr 2018 5:27 p.m. PST

Roll out in Sculpy, cut with a serrated plastic knife. Press the top with those wedding bags that you fill with rice, for texture (and you only need to texture the top layer of your sandbags).

275 degrees for 15 minutes …


Sundance25 Apr 2018 6:15 p.m. PST

A friend used chiclets – the little ones. They're still pretty big for 15mm, though.

Mark Plant26 Apr 2018 1:40 a.m. PST

I've done that Milliput way, only with DAS because it's much cheaper.

I found that you don't look at the details, only the mass effect, so all I did was cut from an oval tube with a relatively blunt knife. No attempt to make the ends look right, although I made the top row a touch prettier.

And I'm really fussy about modelling.

Black Hat Miniatures26 Apr 2018 2:08 a.m. PST

I have made 54mm sandbags with Das. Roll out a piece and flatten it to the thickness you want. Then cut the piece into strips the width of you bags. Cut the bags to the correct length, then push in the middle of each end to give a slight corner.

You can make them very quickly – used here:



wrgmr126 Apr 2018 8:04 a.m. PST

I used clay, rolled out then cut to size for my 28mm Vimy Ridge terrain. I put high gloss wash of clear acrylic then washed with mud and dirt.


Anything but a six26 Apr 2018 8:44 a.m. PST

Thanks everyone.

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2018 2:04 p.m. PST

Use Mini-Chiclets.


Used them for a 15mm French fort for Indo-China and they sized out very well.

DOUGKL29 Apr 2018 4:39 p.m. PST

Ditto on the mini chiclets.

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