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Pyromaniac
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Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 07:08 AM UTC
I am going to be using snow effects for one of my current dioramas. Having never used snow before, i was wondering what methods other people prefer to get snow effects. If it helps, the effect i am trying to achieve is a light, recent snowfall. Pics and links helpful.
johndon
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Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 07:55 AM UTC
I sprinked baking soda over white glue for this one:



HTH

John
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Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 08:24 AM UTC
I dont have any pics, however I have used microbaloons as snow. looks great, just make sure you wear a mask as to not breath in the powder.....
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Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 08:31 AM UTC
Found a pic online at finescale.com were the builder used microballoons for snow.

Dangeroo
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Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 09:00 AM UTC
Howdy!

I had some questions about winter too, here's the link to the tread, there were some good answers to snow.

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=138515#1155809

The German company Faller has a good product as well. I used that in the end.

Cheers!
c_benshoof
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Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 11:04 AM UTC
Here is the active link.

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=138515#1155809
Dangeroo
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Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 07:30 PM UTC
Thanks Chris! How do you go about to get them active? Had this problem before...

Cheers!
youpey
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Posted: Monday, June 15, 2009 - 01:15 AM UTC
put the word url inside [ ]
then the link
and end it with the world url inside [/ ]

i cant show an example because it thinks it is a link
Henk
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Posted: Monday, June 15, 2009 - 02:33 AM UTC
I used Woodlands Scenic Snow Effect on this. I found that mixing the snow with Klear (or Future) into a thick paste, and then applying it to the base, gives a good 'fresh fallen' effect. Sprinkling it onto glue did not work for me, as it left a very rough surface.





Cheers
Henk
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Posted: Monday, June 15, 2009 - 02:44 AM UTC
so that 'Klear' is available in the UK? where can i get it? Do shops like B&Q or Homebase stock it? I like the look of the bicarb effect too. I'm just a bit worried because i have heard it can yellow over time. is this true?
csmanning
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Posted: Monday, June 15, 2009 - 02:59 AM UTC
I picked up this book a while back and it covers several different methods. I've attached the link... I think

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=3754
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Posted: Monday, June 15, 2009 - 03:19 AM UTC
I used "Busch"-snow for my dio. The translated name is "glittering-snow".
http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=129752&page=1

Applied with a round metallic-filter (kitchen tool), you get a nice look of fresh fallen snow.

greetings...
Soeren
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Posted: Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 09:10 AM UTC

Quoted Text

so that 'Klear' is available in the UK? where can i get it? Do shops like B&Q or Homebase stock it? I like the look of the bicarb effect too. I'm just a bit worried because i have heard it can yellow over time. is this true?



Yes I purchased KLEAR from my local Tesco but other places sell it too.
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Posted: Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 11:39 AM UTC
OK ,please help me out here.....I use Woodland scenics snow. Looks great to me. What are microballoons? Is that the same as woodland scenics snow? Just curious.....thanks.......Al
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Posted: Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 01:31 PM UTC
This dio I used white marble dust for the snow and paraffin (candle wax) for the lake ice....



This one micro-balloons (Woodland Scenic 'Snow') was used for all snow effects.......



Cheers,
Charles
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Posted: Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 02:44 PM UTC

Quoted Text

so that 'Klear' is available in the UK? where can i get it? Do shops like B&Q or Homebase stock it? I like the look of the bicarb effect too. I'm just a bit worried because i have heard it can yellow over time. is this true?




From what I have heard, it is actually the glue that is normally used that causes the baking soda snow mixture to yellow. If done properly, I believe it can be a safe method.

I recently had this question on another forum, more related to wargaming scenery, but there is an alternative technique suggested, tested, and showed in the thread using powdered joint compound.

See here for details, as well as some other snow ideas and answers: http://www.terragenesis.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5809&start=0
retiredbee2
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Posted: Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 02:46 PM UTC
Thanks on the microballoons...... ....Al
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Posted: Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 03:19 PM UTC
I'm shocked nobody linked to the article over on HF *insert shocked smiley here* There really are tonnes of articles across the Kitmaker Network; it really pays off to browse the features on the various sites

Check this article out, folks (click the image):