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Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP25 Mar 2020 4:59 a.m. PST

Until now, I have been using up my stock of Games Workshop flock as the base layer on terrain items. After many years it is beginning to run low and GW do not sell it anymore. Does anyone know what flock produced by another company would match it? (I know the old GW static grass matched the Noch Summer Meadow Grass so I suppose there is a start.) Even if the sources are currently closed for the crises I will be ready when things normalise again.

Thanks in advance.

JimDuncanUK25 Mar 2020 5:45 a.m. PST

There is no particular need for all your flock and static grass to match.

Think of Ireland and their 40 shades of green.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Mar 2020 6:33 a.m. PST

Then there's the problem of batch. I have seen GW flock in different tubs and it is close but not exact. Like house paint not matching perfectly from gallon to gallon.

I'm with Jim. Find a new product you like (I especially like Woodland Scenics Fine Turf, T49). Finish up one unit with the old. Then start the next unit with the new.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP25 Mar 2020 6:35 a.m. PST

I don't know, cohesion is important to me.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP25 Mar 2020 6:38 a.m. PST

Possibly you could gradually add a similar flock in increasing amounts to your GW flock until your GW flock runs out?

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP25 Mar 2020 7:49 a.m. PST

Thanks all. I think the gradual advice is the way ahead. Like Flashman, I like cohesion but needs must when the Devil vomits in your kettle so I will look for a reasonable match and blend it in.

Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP25 Mar 2020 8:54 a.m. PST

I prefer cohesion as well!

Yellow Admiral25 Mar 2020 11:39 a.m. PST

I reached this inflection point a couple decades ago. My way out was not deliberate, but could be: I stopped using single-color flocking jobs on my bases. These days all my bases are flocked with a variety of dirt, bushes, rocks, and grass. This obviates the need to ever match a particular plant color exactly when the day comes to add stands to a unit, because the variety of colors is too distracting to notice that any one or two of them are "off".

(I say "single-color", but my usual choices were some blended flock of yellows and greens or browns and yellows, not actual monocolored flockin batches.)

- Ix

Andrew Beasley25 Mar 2020 1:38 p.m. PST

This is a bit old now but this may help link

Personally, I find that I've also moved away from plain grass to rocks, mud, flowers etc and am now avoiding this issue.

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP25 Mar 2020 3:34 p.m. PST

I try and put variations with mud and rocks too with various static grasses being the final addition. The flock is just a base layer.

Oberlindes Sol LIC25 Mar 2020 3:56 p.m. PST

I'm mostly going with my attempt at universal bases lately: mottled medium and dark gray and medium tan. It seems to work most everywhere, probably because the eye just ignores it.

Yellow Admiral25 Mar 2020 11:00 p.m. PST

I think this is an excellent strategy. A brilliantly flocked base can do wonders for a stand of miniatures, but may accidentally be too ostentatious and distract the eye in situ on the battlefield. I find I prefer the base to fade into the background so that miniatures standing in units draw the eye, and the turf under their feet goes unnoticed.

tomrommel126 Mar 2020 7:58 a.m. PST

I do more skirmish games and like to ad a lot of different stuff to my bases , rocks leaves, different types of grass etc. I try to use the same material I use for my terrain building. So sometimes miniatures are lost on the table during game which I think is a good thing to add fog of war to your games.

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