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BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2021 6:13 a.m. PST

I use my existing bases and pass them through a box of BTC Snow flock and knock off excess on the side of the box. The bases now match the flock on my tables and we are good to go. To remove, I knock off as much as possible and use canned air (outside), to remove the rest.

No reason to separately base for snow games (there are so few anyway).

Personal logo M1Fanboy Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2021 6:18 a.m. PST

I use a mix of white glue, Woodland Scenics white flock, and just a little bit of water. Mix it, and it should have the consistency of a paste, apply to base. It will dry hard, but it will look great.


Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2021 8:09 a.m. PST

I bought some snow powder from Michaels' Craft Store -- forget the brand, but different than what the post lists. I play fantasy games, so I have Frost Giants, Yeti's, Ice Toads, Winter Wolves, and more. I need snow flocking for these creatures.

I've also used some white rock chunks/crystals, from Michael's. They work as giant chunks of ice/snow mixes. They're white and clear crystals of unknown substance, covered in white powder. I mix these in with the white snow powder.

Be aware: you can use PVA Glue to attach snow powders, but you cannot use yellow PVA Glues… Unless, of course you want yellow snow flocking. [Ewww!!!] I have several bases I need to re-flock, with 'fresh', white snow, using white PVA Glue. Cheers!

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2021 10:42 a.m. PST

I simply don't bother.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Sep 2021 12:20 p.m. PST

Mostly I use my regular basing (flat black).

For fantasy figures, I will sometimes use a white base with some clay and a light grey wash. They most likely won't ever be off the snow, but I'm okay with them carrying a little patch of snow with them wherever they go. Same with slimy underwater creatures.

Very, very, rarely will I do this with "regular" human figures.

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2021 3:03 p.m. PST

I don't have bases that are permanently flocked with snow. I just take my bases and dip them in Woodland Scenics' snow. I then sprinkle some baking soda to add a little sparkle in the sun light. After the game I just shake off the snow and use some compressed air that comes in a can to blow the snow off.

If you want more snow on the bases then just put more on the base. I do mine where you can see the soil underneath. Some of the snow will come off during the game. All I want is just enough snow to give an impression. It's quick and easy.



GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2021 5:24 p.m. PST

Don't have any snow bases. Yet.

Although, I like what OC describes above.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2021 6:09 a.m. PST

Thanks, Old Contemptible. I will be stealing that idea, mucho pronto! Gracias! It solves some issues that have nagged at me, for years. Cheers!

Saxondog24 Sep 2021 9:03 a.m. PST

Combo…holiday decorating snow gel covered with woodland scenics AND white flock…..sometimes….

snurl124 Sep 2021 9:54 p.m. PST

Aileen's Snow from the craft store.

CeruLucifus26 Sep 2021 1:52 p.m. PST

So far I've only done a few snow bases so have just stuck to Baking Soda rather than buying snow flock.

Depending on the depth of the snow/ice look needed, undercoating in white, pale blue, or blue-gray can be useful. Or paint white, wash pale blue, then apply thinned PVA and sprinkle snow flock on top. If you want a patchy look, use unthinned PVA to direct the snow clumps.

@Sgt Slag thanks for pointing out yellow PVA glue will tint the snow. For terrain I often use yellow PVA (carpenter's yellow glue) because it's stronger. For basing I've stuck to white PVA but in my head I think of the color shift as unnoticeable. Here's an example where it is noticeable.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Sep 2021 10:51 a.m. PST

For a diorama years ago, I used simple table salt liberally sprinkled over white glue brushed on the surface.

Was white, looked fairly deep, and reflected the light.

Not very sophisticated, but I thought it worked!


jefritrout28 Sep 2021 3:37 p.m. PST

Woodland scenic snow
Little bit of baking powder
White Elmer's glue
and the tiniest tiniest amount of white glitter for the sparkle effect.

Be warned – It's easy to overdo the glitter, but just a touch adds so much to the look of the bases or trees.

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