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Coffee grounds as basing material?

Posted by Bessiere on 07 Oct 2019, 01:42

I tried it out and it seemed to work very nicely. Just wondering if anyone else does this or if they encountered issues with using it? I'm just using PVA and water with the grounds on MDF bases with 1/72 plastic figures.
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Posted by steve_pickstock on 07 Oct 2019, 01:56

I use Bicarbonate of Soda on superglue. I find it gives a much more to scale grain, and dries rock hard in seconds. Also, I don't drink coffee.
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 07 Oct 2019, 03:34

I will try it and let you know. I do drink coffee...
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Posted by Susofrick on 07 Oct 2019, 09:27

I make coffee everyday for the missus and always when I make new I think about this, but I never save the old coffee-powder. Very curious about the results!
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Posted by Mr. Andrea on 07 Oct 2019, 10:52

I use it your same way, usually for creating a mud effect. I understand effect may vary depending on the grounds thickness, mine is really thin (for Italian espresso machine) and works perfect for mud; particularly if you paint here and there on the base with glossy varnish after it dries up to give the idea of water. For normal basing, I just use sand and white glue.
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Posted by Bessiere on 09 Oct 2019, 22:05

Thank you for the replies. It's gratifying to know others have used this before with no seeming downside. Regular ground coffee is perhaps a tad large but only marginally. This group of Prussians was an experiment in speed painting by gluing them to the base before painting. I also left out small details which allowed me to do all 6 in roughly 1 1/2 hours which isn't too bad. Will post pics once I get admin permission.

Pics of coffee grounds basing after paint then with sawdust flocking.
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Posted by Paul on 10 Oct 2019, 16:31

Bessiere wrote:
Pics of coffee grounds basing after paint then with sawdust flocking.
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Posted by Emperor on 29 Oct 2019, 22:17

You can use it or earth first cooked in owen to kill bacteria...But organic materials don't last forever...Synthetic materials are better...I think exception is wood and sand...You can use saw dust which you mix with water and ordinary acrylic color and than you put it in owen and dry it on a baking foil and than put it in a metal sieve, or you can put colored sand...I think there is in Chinese Store...Or you can buy valleyo earth color and paint materials...If you make a large ground, you can put PV glue on base, pour over saw dust or quartz sand and if you have an air brush paint sand and saw dust with air brush...
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Posted by Peter on 06 Nov 2019, 22:20

I use woodfiller and sand for my bases. ;-)
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Posted by Beano Boy on 07 Nov 2019, 01:37

i never have used Coffee grounds myself, mainly because i don`t drink real coffee.

Here is what i use along with a few well placed stones.

Bashed up Dog or Cat Litter, which is the self same clay used in green sand molding in industry.
It is also that used as a face pack beauty treatment,that ladies put wet upon their faces.
:mrgreen: Yip! Cat Litter on their faces. :shock: :shock: :shock: :drool: :drool: :drool:

i have a very large bag of kiln dried fine silica sand , used in foundry's for C O 2 molds!
i also bought a very large bag of whiter sand used by Rodent Gerbils to help keep their fur clean.

Heaped sand upon wet p. v. a white glue, is very good for figure bases.
Or even plonked upon wet enamel paint will also do the base trick too.
Likewise even walls can be clad using this self same white glue method.
All three will be good for landscaping my diorama base too.

I buy on E Bay so it is quickly delivered to by front door,
and always the friendly delivery man from Appleyard Crescent Norwich,
will carry them into my home just where i need them most.
i am not able to lift and carry such heavy things myself.
:coffee: Perks of his helpful occupation with a smile, gratuity: a good well earned tip! BB
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Posted by Beano Boy on 07 Nov 2019, 01:55

........................................... :winky: JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE

For Winters Slush ice , the Super Glue and Bicarbonate Soda trick already mentioned , :thumbup:
does work well and you don`t even need to paint the stuff either.
Super Glue on the base first then the Soda,it dries hard instantly too,
so you can add more here and there to build it up. :mrgreen: good 4 any Slushy snow scene.

Over the years i have used all those mentioned. May you all enjoy your hobby 100%. BB
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