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Soil effect

Posted by Traveller1865 on 24 Apr 2017, 19:34

Is there any cheaper alternative to Tamiyas texture soil effect or method to easily make your own? I need a lot and one bottle is quite expensive...
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 24 Apr 2017, 19:43

Take some spackle and work it with a wet toothbrush to get the soil-like texture. Then, when it dries, paint it mud-colored with cheap acrylics and drybrush with a lighter color to pop out the details.
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Posted by mickey mouse on 24 Apr 2017, 22:35

You can try bird sand with white glue, and paint it after a coat of flat varnish.
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Posted by Kekso on 25 Apr 2017, 08:33

Or you can try real soil mixed white glue. Recently, I've read here on forum that someone uses soil for flowers and plants that can be bought in supermarkets. It seems like nice idea to me.
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Posted by matgc on 22 Jun 2017, 15:42

I use a very cheap solution: real soil! (what can possibly look more realistic than that, right?!)

I did a tutorial on my blog a while ago, you might want to take a look:

http://myevergrowingarmies.blogspot.com ... -mine.html

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Posted by Bluefalchion on 22 Jun 2017, 16:18

Great tutorial, thanks for linking.
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Posted by Emperor on 22 Jun 2017, 23:03

You can take some sand, take PVA glue on surface, sprinke sand and when it dry you just paint vallejo brown color. Or you can mix sand, PVA glue and brown color and paint with mixture over areas where you want soil.
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Posted by Emperor on 22 Jun 2017, 23:03

You can take some sand, take PVA glue on surface, sprinke sand and when it dry you just paint vallejo brown color. Or you can mix sand, PVA glue and brown color and paint with mixture over areas where you want soil.
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Posted by Mário on 23 Jun 2017, 07:15

You can use cork scrapings. Just take a cork from a good wine bottle (real cork not the cheap plastic substitutes) and grind it using a normal manual cheese grinder.
Please note that you have the advantage of drinking the whine...
The grinding process may be a bit messy so do that inside a plastic bag.
Than use the scrapings as you would use the sand. Cover the base with white glue, sprinkle the scrapings, wait to dry, remove the loose scrapings (inside the plastic bag) and paint with highly diluted brown or green acrylic paint.

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Posted by sberry on 23 Jun 2017, 08:28

Like matgc or Emperor, I always use real sand or soil. I paint the diorama base with a mixture of PVA glue, cheap acrylic color and water (about 1:1:1) of the color that matches the sand/soil, and then I just sprinkle the sand/soil on this wet coating.
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 23 Jun 2017, 08:59

Another technique is to use spackle, then make tiny impressions in the surface with a wet tooth brush. Paint and highlight with your soil color and a lighter color or two. Then you can use pva glue to make little clumps of sand here and there to render the surface of the base less uniform.
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Posted by FallGuy on 23 Jun 2017, 14:19

I use modeling paste, mixed with lizard sand from a pet store, and cheap brown craft paint. Then dry brush from there.
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Posted by Beano Boy on 24 Jun 2017, 02:46

Enamel paint on bases.Then push into kiln dried sand. Dries quick. BB
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