Precision Ice and Snow Effects
It’s Easter and what better way to celebrate then by experimenting with Winter? I’ve always shied away from painting white-washed troops because it rather pigeon-holes that army for Winter operations unless, of course, you’re a perfectionist with way too much time on his hands!
The Boy is now getting of an age when he can play a simple skirmish game, so I thought why not give General Winter a go with a small number of Battlefront’s 15mm Russians and Germans. Fantastic figures, Greatcoats, gloves, scarves. Love the Commissar:
I had a clear idea about how I wanted the bases: blanched grass with a layer of frozen snow. Not opaque blobs of snow. Not pools of slushy snow. That’s when I came across Krycell’s video tutorials demonstrating how to use their range of ice and snow effects. Bloomin’ marvelous:
I did my bases as normal: in this case Woodland Scenics’ fine and coarse turf with a few MiniNatur tufts on a thick layer of Tamiya Earth textured paint. Spray a couple of coats of Testors’ matt lacquer over a masked-off figure. Dust liberally with Krycell ‘Fine’ snow and brush off excess once dry. Repeat and seal with airbrushed acryllic matt varnish. Once I cracked the basic technique it was easy:
I did the same with some Woodland Scenics’ tree armatures and Noch Pine trees mounted on penny bases:
I don’t have a dedicated snow board so I canabalised an old bed sheet, airbrushed on some ochre, raw sienna and burnt umber paint and, in a pale imitation of Mark Luther’s excellent 6mm IABSM games, crayoned on some roads. Boom – instant Eastern Front skirmish game!
Krycell do a nice range of stuff, including an ice and snow wash, sheets of frozen water, a 2-part dirty water mix and ship their products in a cool black box. No more excuses for not getting my chill on…