|Bosch should consider sponsoring this blog, then again I seem to buy their tools without sponsorship...hmm going commercial is harder than I thought ;)|
|Cheap plastic from China equals lots of bits to turn into terrain (add in thrift store visits to get even nearer to perfection).|
|Measure once, ignore lines, cut once, hide your utter lack of precision later.|
|Maybe I should clean up my work area. The cardboard I'm working on is starting to look like a modern art masterpiece.|
Sticking sand to a base in 5 steps:
- Stick base in box
- Pour on some glue
- Abuse a (cheap) brush
- Remove said brush
- Pour sand.
Step 1 - stick base in box
Stick the base into a box lid. This is helpful because around step 5 you will have a lot of excess sand and you can pour that back into your container using the box lid as a dustpan.
Step 2 - Pour on some glue
Grab your bottle of PVA, unscrew the (har har) precision top and just let a large glob of glue splash onto the base. Worry about using too much glue? Don't (or go out and buy cheaper PVA).
Step 3 - Abuse a (cheap) brush
Every once in a while I pick up a fresh pack of sad looking cheap brushes. Sometimes I use these to drybrush large terrain pieces (but only after checking over both shoulders too make sure no one watches). Officially I only use them to spread big globs of PVA glue around.
Step 4 - Remove said brush
After spreading the glue over the base, remove the brush from the box before pouring sand into it. If you don't you will have a brush covered in glue and sand (and that makes it slightly more difficult to spread the glue out). I, being a semi-professional* blog writer, would never forget to remove my brush so please disregards any photographic evidence to the contrary...
*semi-professional as in amateur.
Step 5 - Pour sand.
Pick up your container of sand and up-end it over your glued base. Wait a few minutes to let the sand settle in and then shake you box around until the base becomes visible. Take it out of the box (careful not to push too hard into the sand. Hold the base upside down and tap it gently to get rid of more excess sand. Then using the previously mentioned dustpan technique put the rest of your sand mix back into the container. Congratulations your bases are now covered in sand.
|All finished up, now where can I find a cheap equivalent of Zandri Dust?|
Next up: assembling some large skeletons.