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The Epic Gamer28 Jul 2022 4:35 p.m. PST

I recently came into some brown Hexon tiles:

Has anyone added texture to these or flocked them yourself? If so, what did you use? Any regrets?

I've thought about grout but that seems brittle. Sand too but that seems heavy and will soak up a ton a paint. At the moment, I'm considering dusting them with spray primer/paint enough times that I get some texture. Then washing/drybrush and selectively flocking.

I'd love to see what people have done with these.

Gozerius28 Jul 2022 6:59 p.m. PST

There are textured spray paints that will give them a sandy texture.

Personal logo gamertom Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2022 7:48 p.m. PST

I've spray painted them with Rustoleum kahaki paint. After this has well dried and adhered to the plastic, I mix 9 parts Elmers Glue to 1 part water and brush that over the top surface. I then dump lots and lots of flock over it and let it dry for several days. Shake off the loose flock and rebag it. The flocking gives a nice surface texture. I then use a chisel blade on an Xacto knife to scrap away flocking to expose the painted surface to represent dirt roads if I want those. But once in place, the roads have to stay (though I guess you could reflock over them – haven't tried that).

BillyNM28 Jul 2022 8:25 p.m. PST

What scale figures do you intend to use? If you're using 6mm then a rub down with coarse sandpaper is probably enough. Otherwise some PVA and lightly sprinkled sand further sealed with paint will probably do. Most of mine are flocked but if I were to stat again I'd avoid flock – IMO the colours never look quite right and I hate how it can shed and get into every nook and cranny.
Try a few schemes on a single tile and see what you like.

Martin Rapier28 Jul 2022 11:04 p.m. PST

I just do them with PVA and either sand or various varieties of static grass. As noted, flock will drop off like crazy. I did do some as marshes with brownish and greenish flock surrounded by static grass, but I did the flocked bits twice and pressed it into the glue with my fingers.

One of my pals did a load of snow hexes with Woodland Scenics snow flock, and that seems to stick on OK.

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