Being a avid watcher of Hammer Horror movies I decided on a gothic, cobbled street look. You know the scene – a Dickensian street, slippery shiny stones, grey walls with wrought iron gates, gas lamps and church yards – All very well but try as I might by using an assortment of gloss varnishes I could not get that wet cobblestone look right. I did what all hobbyists do and gave up. But what about all those cobbled stone bases I have? Aha! I remembered the Precision Ice & Snow video I watched, and I wondered.
The bases were hand made using green stuff and a textured roller and took the wash brilliantly with the snow sinking into the cracks.
This was great for infantry miniatures that I didn’t want to be covered in snow - it takes a lot of snow for warm bodies to turn white, they usually just look wet and miserable. However, vehicles were a different matter.....
My Leviathan Dreadnought looked great on its cobblestoned, snowy base but I felt it would have accumulated some snow, so I tentatively opened the starter box and removed the bags of powder and the sieve. It was at this point that I thought I had better read the instructions and followed up with watching the very useful YouTube video guides.
I had always been taught that a little is better than a lot so I tentatively sprayed the model from one side only and then shook the sieve over the miniature. Moments passed before I plucked up the courage to shake off the excess and then blow off some more. I was very happy with the results. ‘Less is more’.
I must say that I am very happy with the snow and slush effect. What makes it great is that it not only looks great but is so easy to apply. No mixing, no shading, no baking soda, it just works. Very basic bases are transformed quickly to a table top standard with little fuss and the result is such that I think it compliments the models rather than overwhelms them.