Flocking Gel Tutorial
Flocking Gel can add texture to your stand as well as blend the base of your figure to the stand. I'm going to do a series of examples using different methods.
This is picking up after you glue the figure to the stand and have given enough time for it to dry.
1. Get your supplies together. You'll need the texture of Flocking Gel you like, paint, small bowl, paint brush, rinse water, and mixing tool. Below is just a few examples to give you an idea. Places that specialize in model railroading or modeling carry a lot of what you need. Renaissance Ink carries the Flocking Gels.
2. For paint, you will want to use a ground color. You can use the craft paint or a name brand. For a ground color, you can use green or brown. Try to stick to colors that close match ground colors.
3. Choose the Flocking Gel you feel will best match the sort of terrain you want on the base. I'm using medium coarse texture for my example.
4. For a brush you may want to get a good sized. Something like 5.0 would work pretty well.
The Flocking Gel I'm using comes as white in color. You have two options. Use the Flocking Gel straight to the base and paint it or add color to the Flocking Gel. I prefer using it with the paint premixed.
In this case I've used Howard Hues brown. Add your paint slowly. Mix well as you work with it. You want to keep the mixture thick. If you thin it then your texture will spread out. This is okay if you want this effect. Just make sure you get the paint portion on your base. Even if you decide to go with a color, you'll be able to dry brush another color over it after it dries. Also, with Flocking Gel you can always touch it up after you do the initial basing. I'll give you some suggestions later on. If you do use a thick mixture it takes a bit more.
Once you have the mixture the way you want it, you are ready to put it onto the figure. If you mixed it thin, you can use a brush to apply it. This will have a grainy texture and you may find it easier to use a small tool to spread it out instead of the brush. Be careful around the feet or whatever part of the figure is on the ground.
Now on the white base that is just the Flocking Gel. The 2nd and 3rd figures have paint mixed with the Flocking Gel. Now, with the last two, you can add flocking or static grass to further dress the base up. As up can see from the last 3 images, it is possible to use just the Flocking Gel for a nice step. A quick one step way to make nice stands.
Now with the two I mixed paint in, I used my static grass. I put it on while the Gel was still wet. You have to be careful when you do this so you don't accidentally push off the Flocking Gel. You can add spots of the paint you used to get the color also to ensure that you are getting some spots with heavier grass or flocking. Also, you'll find that you will have to flock as you go as you put the Flocking Gel on to ensure that the base is still wet. I can do them two at a time sometimes three.
While the mixture is wet, put your flocking onto the base. If you want some bare spots to allow the ground to show through, you can put the flocking or static grass on in just certain areas. You'll need to gently add a bit of pressure to make sure enough of your grass is getting the paint on it to help it stick to the base. Be careful, you don't want to slide your Flocking Gel off the base. Leave the excess on until it is dry. Once it is dry, carefully dump and tap the excess flocking or static grass off the base. Then blow on the base of the figure or use canned air to blow the excess off. Be careful if you use canned air.
Your figure should look a bit like the ones above depending on color and the flocking material you used.
You are now ready to go to the sealing steps.