I received my order from Precision Ice and Snow. Since I was quite disappointed with my previous attempts at making realistic snow (take a look here). I decided to give this company’s products a try. So I got my Krycell snow by the mail and went to work on a brand new test diorama.
I am VERY pleased with the results. The stuff is simply amazing! It’s a very fine powder, similar in consistency to cooking flour I would say. I simply sprayed matt varnish on the base and used the provided stainless steel sieve to dust the Kycell on the fresh coating of varnish. I then quickly builded up many layers by spraying again and dusting many times. The stuff builds up like real snow. And I live in Canada, so I know very well how snow looks like 🙂
I also tried the Vallejo Environment Snow again. This time by putting a thick blob of that paste and then dusting it with Krycell snow. I think the Vallejo Environment Snow used in this manner is more convincing (the Krycell snow softens the grainy appearance of the Vallejo product and makes it less “stark white”).
I’ll be able to use Krycell snow on my KV-1 diorama soon, so stay tuned!
I had my eye on your previous test and now this for the finale it surely is looking better than anything else so far indeed. That being said, depicting water and snow in scale economically (both financial and time/effort wise) and convincingly is probably next to impossible.
Murray ÖZER, You’re right. Before this project, I had little idea of the complexity (and cost) of creating a believable winter/spring scene. The appearance of snow can vary a lot, from fluffy snowflakes to dirty meting “slush”. And there is mud (dried up or goopy). And water (still or running, clear of murky)… A real challenge. As for the price, I think that buying a quality product such as the Krycell snow from the beginning is the way to go (I learned the hard way). Unless someone is modelling a very large snowy landscape (like train modellers do for example, or wargamers), most dioramas are relativly small and require very little of the stuff. And since few of my dioramas will be set up in the winter anyway, the 150 mg bag I have will probably last me many years.