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Basic Flocking

     This is the first in my flocking series. In this one, I cover using basic flocking. This is a smaller particle flocking and shouldn't be confused with static grass or static grass flocking.

     Now you can combine this step with other steps. In this tutorial, I am going to explain the basic flocking method. You won't get as nice results as with some of the other steps, but if you get in a hurry, you might want to consider it. As with all basing techniques, you'll find that you can expand on each of these or combine them in a manner that suits your preferences.

     First of all, when I refer to stands, this is in reference to the stand you are going to base your figure.

     Stands can come in many forms. There will be an explanation of stands in the basing tutorial. For this tutorial, we'll assume you've got your stands and are ready to continue.

     You'll need some supplies. You'll need paint, which should be a green or brown ground color. You will also need your flocking. A container to store the flocking while you are using it, plastic shoeboxes are good for that. If you don't want to put it in something like that, then make sure you put down some clean paper to catch the excess. You can find flocking in several places. This is mostly used for model railroading so that's the best place to start. Some hobby shops also carry it and just about any store that carries a good selection of model railroad products will probably carry some. If you are having trouble, I've added Woodland Scenics web page to my links section. They are what I like to use. I haven't tried ordering by mail as I have a store in town that carries a wide selection of their products. You'll need your rinse water and a good-sized brush. Maybe a 5/0 brush, this generally depends on the size of your figure. I find the 10/0, even though they are smaller, tend to be better for around the feet and legs of the figure.

     Okay, you have your supplies together. I think the best way to describe how flocking and static grass work, is to look at them as glitter. If you've ever used glitter, then you will find this process pretty simple.

    1. By now, you should have a figure on a primed stand and allowed enough time to dry. I generally put on a coat of my stand color, and paint the base of the figure. I do this to ensure that I get a good ground cover. If you miss some spots with my flocking, it will look like ground. You can always go back and fix these areas.

     Once this has had time to dry, you're ready to do the coat of paint that you will use to apply your flocking.

     2. Make sure you have your flocking ready.

     3. Apply another coat of paint. Be careful. Don't get the paint on the figure, if you do try to get it off with a paper towel. When you put the flocking onto the figure, there is a chance it will get onto the figure where you made the mistake. It's fine if you make the mistake, you can fix that, but the flocking will mess it up if you get flocking on the paint. Be careful, if you get to much paint on the stand, it can drip off.

     4. Dip the stand into the flocking or pour the flocking onto the stand. You may need to do a combination of both to get between hard to reach spots. You may even have to go back a second time to touch it up. Now, leave the excess flocking on the stand. Don't try to get any off yet. The stand is wet and you'll only slide it around. Set the stand of figure or figures aside and let them dry.

     5. Now that they have had time to dry get the excess flocking off. You can tip it over a piece of clean paper or whatever works best for you. Tap the bottom of the stand lightly. Next, you'll want to make sure the excess flocking is off the figure and stand. You can do this by blowing it off or using canned air. I prefer canned air. Make sure you don't blow over your excess container or paper. You'll blow that all over the place. Also, this stuff can go everywhere if you don't get it off during the first part of your step so try to do it over a garbage can.

     6. Now take a look at your figure. You may see some particles of the flocking on the figure. You can use a good sized clean and dry brush (preferably one that you've not painted with.)

     Now you have a based and flocked stand. You'll notice that the base of the figure and the stand don't always blend well together. This is the advantage of using flocking gels or static grass.

     You can still work with this. You can now add some static grass just around the base of the figure and patches of static grass. You can add some coarse foliage. I wouldn't recommend Lichen, only because it tends to change color as it dries out. You can add scenery rocks. If you have some extra parts that belong to that figure or others, you can always put those on the ground around the figure.

     Now you can use paint again if you want to add more flocking or static grass. If you want to add the rocks, or foliage or other materials, you'll want to use glue. Elmer's white glue works well or your super glue. Just be careful not to get too much. If you do, wait till it dries and touch it up with a bit of paint.

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