Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A tuft in time saves...


Since there have been a number of questions regarding the grass tufts that I use on my bases, I thought I would feature that in a post, so that it can be referenced more easily in the future!

I absolutely love the Army Painter tufts!

For years and years, I went with a more typical static grass.  You know, the kind in the big old plastic spice containers?

That was fine, but it definitely had limitations.  It wasn't always handy, since I would have to wait for the glue to dry before taking pictures.  Also, it was all the same height.

There are many different colors available for the static grass, but they don't necessarily stand out all that much.

Later in this post, you will hear about another advantage of this form of grass tufts.

Meanwhile, the variety in the Army Painter tufts is fantastic... including some of these new sets which I just purchased:


These are some tried and true tufts that have found their way onto my Wild West Exodus Lawmen bases.

When you look at these two images, the color differential between these is immense!


These specialty packages are great as well.  I have been using the poison ivy on my Memoir figures.

The Meadow flowers outperformed other similar products.  It's much easier to tear these away from the mass than the other types you will see.  The 'flowers' on those types tend to fall off as you rip the tufts from that primary mass.


Unpackaged.  A nice variety of heights and shapes!


Let's compare this to another unnamed company's version.

While you have the different shapes, the height is still more like regular static grass.


This is the other issue.  See that white opaque paper on the bottom?  I guess that is supposed to make it easier to glue to your base, but it really just gets in the way.  To make matters worse, on any base that is not white, that paper shows through!!

The Army Painter tufts are very flexible.  They can be shoved into just about any space between rocks, etc.


Let's use these bases as an example.  It would be almost impossible to use those other tufts on such dark, rough hewn bases as these!


Not a problem for the Army Painter tufts!!!


Ready for action in no time at all!!


I am really looking forward to using the new colors that I purchased... the Tundra Tuft in particular.


11 comments:

  1. Agreed. Apparently there are some cheaper brands but once I get into shipping and the fact I'd have a massive amount left over I can't go past the ease and utility of The Army Painter.

    ReplyDelete
  2. If you want a really small size, can the tufts be cut into separate pieces?

    I also thought I had read that Army Painter tufts were repacks of a European brand?

    ReplyDelete
  3. Silflor-Mininatur is the name of the company. Army Painter just repacks products released by Silflor and sells them overpriced. For the same price as AP repacks you can buy twice the amount of this stuff directly from the manufacturer. And Silflor has LOTS and LOTS of very nice things....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the info... ultimately the link took me to an ebay store. Is that where I should have ended up? The prices seemed to be more expensive there.

      Delete
    2. http://www.mininatur.de/silhouette_home.php?lang=en
      Here it is!

      Delete
  4. Thanks for the tip! Definitely picking some of those up!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There's a huge variety of choices! :-)

      Delete
  5. I have used some of them, and I agree...very nice stuffs. Your exemples are stunning, great job!

    ReplyDelete