Sunday, January 25, 2015

Tiny snow for tiny tanks

For a variety of reasons, I have decided to render the last few units of my Memoir '44 German tanks in winter theme.  Since the 'summer' colors are pretty much taken care of by other people's painted sets that we use, I wanted to get ready for the day we do some Eastern Theatre action!

To get snow that could have some 'body' to it, yet be small enough to place on these very small tanks, only one choice crossed my mind.  That is, break out the Secret Weapon supplies!

I took out a few of the weathering powders, and mixed them with the Realistic water effects.  This would provide that "body", or thickness, but still be liquid enough not to look like the tank was covered in 8 inches of fresh snow!

You can see the comparison with the earlier war standard gray colors.  Another fun side effect of mixing the Water Effects with the powders would be the slight shininess, making it seem like the snow was melting a little.

It's even more dramatic when compared to the later war camo schemes...

Getting this snow mix into the treads would be key... otherwise, it might just look like the grey tanks with lighter highlights!

This is the first stage of the snow.  I had two 'colors' of pigments, and the white.  The first layers were more of a blueish grey.

This was followed up with a few more layers of almost pure white... still mixed in with the water effect.  Very fun!!!  Thanks to Secret Weapon for such fun and flexible materials!


  1. That just looks excellent. Thanks for the hints. My recent attempts at a snow effect left me slightly dissatisfied. I wonder if this would still work on 28-32mm scale figures?

    1. If you check out the basing techniques section, you will run across a few posts showing me using this technique on 28mm scale minis... you do have to get a slightly thicker consistency, but it does work!

  2. Thanks for the info. I have failure with snow. I play Flame of War and wish to play the "Bulge", but was afraid of bad looking snow I feel empowered to try.

    1. That's great! I think it will work out well for you! :-)