Grades of sand for basing and terrain


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Post Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:53 pm

Re: Grades of sand for basing and terrain

If you want to mix up the size of grains in your basing add some cat litter to the mix. Great thing about it is that you can bash it around a bit to make it smaller or just use it straight from the bag. Its also dead cheap. Just make sure your at can't get anywhere near it :D
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Post Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:11 pm

Re: Grades of sand for basing and terrain

What the ****, you nutters. It's sand. Get a large bag of bird cage sand at the pet store and you're set for ages. Bird sand is £5-6 for TEN (10) kilos. GW sand is £5 for ZERO POINT TEN (0.10) kilos. You do the maths. =)

Here's one I googled for you.
http://waterways-direct.com/index.php?m ... ts_id=2204

I use bird cage sand, sand from my garden, beach sand, sand from my lad's sand box. If you're scared of germs, just blast it in the oven for a while. I then use a cheap three-pack of sifters to get different grain size in three tubs.
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Post Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:00 pm

Re: Grades of sand for basing and terrain

Thanks phreedh, that's more the sort of price level I had in mind :) I'm interested in these sifters you mention, where did you get them (I'm thinking gardening type shop)?

I was randomly looking at old White Dwarfs today and one thing that caught my eye on this topic was the "Hills and Mines" modelling article in WD132 where they mention coral sand as a coarser grain sand. So aquatic type places also look a possibility.

Otherwise I'm looking at Pets at Home (as there's one close) with 10kg of bird sand for £7.49 (overpriced by your Google but much lower delivery cost :) ) or B&Q - big bag of sharp sand for £1.81 (on the surface looks finer grain than I'd like as I mentioned before, but their soft sand has a fair degree of variation in grain size so I'm guessing the coarser sand will too, if I can sift it).

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Post Mon Nov 18, 2013 1:47 am

Re: Grades of sand for basing and terrain

phreedh wrote:What the ****, you nutters. It's sand. Get a large bag of bird cage sand at the pet store and you're set for ages. Bird sand is £5-6 for TEN (10) kilos. GW sand is £5 for ZERO POINT TEN (0.10) kilos. You do the maths. =)


Yeah, my main reason for buying GW stuff is I assumed it would be a suitable grade. I didn't think of pet stores, actually, and I have a pet... will have to dig there.
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Post Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:56 am

Re: Grades of sand for basing and terrain

Hardware stores too. They sell "Play Sand" for sandboxes in big-ass bags for cheap.
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Post Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:20 am

Re: Grades of sand for basing and terrain

On the sifting front, thinking about this more there's a sand sieve in the kid's sand pit outside (approx 2mm mesh by the look of it), and a tea strainer like this (75p!) - looks to have about a 0.5mm mesh.

So I'm thinking of going with the builders sharp sand / building sand options - the sand sieve can get out the lumps and anything which goes through the tea strainer can go in the kid's sand pit (with perhaps some of it kept back to smooth out the base texture slightly).
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Post Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:52 am

Re: Grades of sand for basing and terrain

I have to say that paying for sand is something I've never considered. :shock:

I work as a geotechnical engineer ( I study soils and their bearing capacity for any type of construction you'd want to build to put it simply) and we have a lab at work. Which means we're sent sand, clay any any kind of soil you can think of. And we also have everything you need to select exactly the size of each grains (photo not form work) :

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So everytime I need, I just go get some random sand and sieve it to select the grain sizes I want (I can even use the proper formulas to create the perfect sand or to create form any random soil containing sand). This also means I make a few pounds of each batch so I don't have to worry about shortage.
However, unsurprisingly, we sometimes receive samples from boreholes with sand that is already perfectly fitted for basing (photo still not from work) :
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Post Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:47 am

Re: Grades of sand for basing and terrain

Asslessman wrote:Sometimes real life does come in handy...

We dug a well in our garden and at four metres of depth the sand we dug up was finer than beach sand. Needless to say, I have a tub of that very fine sand. Perfect for adding texture to paint!

And regarding sifters, I use kitchen strainers. Such as these, from IKEA:
http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/produ ... K+Strainer

However, I got a cheap set of three sizes (and grades).
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Post Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:50 pm

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I take a plastic tub and walk around town looking at building sites and playing grounds, then filling the tub when I find something I like :lol:

Free and haven't failed me so far.

Besides that I use chincchilla sand when I need really fine sand for Epic bases, asfalt or texture on buildings and such.
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Post Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:54 am

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I'm a scavenger too.

The white sand they pack around telegraph poles, and also river or propagation sand ($5 AUS for 5 or 10 kg) does me just fine...
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