Warhammer, the game of miniature battles, is one of the most popular miniature wargamers that is played in hobby stores all over the United States, the UK (Games-Workshop is a UK-based company) and throughout the world of wargaming. Painting the Warhammer miniatures, be they for Warhammer 40,000 or Warhammer fantasy battles is a exciting and fun part of the is wargaming hobby, and offers the chance to create your own, custom painted and designed, miniature Warhammer army for wargaming. This miniature army concept has also been used in other miniature wargamers, both historical, sci-fi, and fantasy, and is part of the reason many miniature games are so popular, like Flames of War and DBA.
An important part of the painting and modeling process for Warhammer, and other miniature soldiers and figures, is the addition of flock, or other ground textures, to the base of the wargaming figure. Most Warhammer figures come with attachable plastic bases, which can be painted, and covered, in suitable material to represent the battleground onto which the Warhammer figure is placed. Many other companies include their own model bases for their miniature figures as well, although I’ve found the Games-Workshop bases to be the best out of all the wargaming products I’ve tried.
Flock is a green, small, and powdery material made out of painted, finely-grounded, saw dust. It can be added to a base of a Warhammer figure to give the impression of grass or groundcover, and often really makes a miniature look quite professionally done, and completes the figure nicely. However, I’ve noticed some gamers neglect to add anything the bases, or just leave them painted one solid color. It’s really not too difficult to add flock, or other ground cover for that matter, so it shouldn’t be ignored when creating a Warhammer army.
First, paint the base of the figure, with the already painted Warhammer figure, the color you want. For a green, grassy look, and to go with flock, paint the base green. For a dirt look, paint the base brown, or yellow-ish brown. Then, take Elmer’s glue, or another suitable simple type of basic glue (not Super Glue!), and mix it with a little water to thin it out, and make it go farther. Next, get an older paintbrush, and use it spread the glue onto the Warhammer or other companies miniature soldier’s base, on the top, above the paint of the sides. Cover the top, but avoid getting glue on the sides, or the figure. If you do get some on these areas, just wipe it off.
Then, dip the figure into a container of flock. Make sure that the glue area is covered with flock, and shake off excess wargaming flock. If there is too much, or some of the sides, shake or push it off. The key is to get the top completely covered with a thin layer, not too much, but not too little either. Some people may prefer to take a little pinch of flock in their hands, and just drop it onto the glue on the miniature Warhammer figure, and either way will work.
Let the figure’s base dry, and you are done! You should be left with a nicely flocked miniature Warhammer figure. You can use this simple method to add gravel, or other types of material to the base of a Warhammer, or other miniature wargame figure.