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I've never done scenic bases before, but the Burrows and Badgers bases lend themselves well to it. What order do I do everything in? I've seen some people talk as if they add flock and then spray varnish, but wouldn't that ruin the grassy effect of the flock?

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The idea is to keep the grass stuck to the piece and not all over your game board.  I paint for display so I don't overly worry about this step, I usually just give a quick spritz of pva glue and water.

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I will usually do everything except static grass/leaves, then varnish.  After the varnish is dry, I'll go around the edge of the base with flat black.  Finally, I'll add static grass or static grass clumps with superglue or PVA glue, respectively.

 

In the old days, I would put down flock and then spray varnish. The flock is ground-up sponge, so it will absorb the varnish, and doesn't change how the flock looks.  Static grass is different.  I used to spray varnish it, but one day in Texas I did that and put on too much spray.  It looked like early morning frost on my static grass.  While a cool effect, it wasn't what I was aiming for.  Ever since, I add static grass at the end.

 

Note that I differentiate between static grass and flock.

 

Anything delicately decorative, such as leaves or tall weeds/cattails/etc will be put on at the end.

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for gaming pieces the old way I learned was you dullcote before you flock/leaves static grasses etc but to afterwards use a shot of hairspray on your grasses flowers etc. after they are glued in place, instead of the varnish.

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