After a recent discussion on The Miniatures Page about sand and other texturing materials that people use on their bases and terrain I took a look at my shelf and found the following.
1 & 2: Builders sand. My wife bought me a burst bag of Sharp Sand out of B&Qs reject pile for 10p. I split it into two by putting it through a kitchen seive to get fine sand (1) and larger gravel (2). Field trials are underway – it’s hard to argue at that price. The only cheaper stuff comes from the beach, but it smells a bit and is full of small bits of organic material like seaweed and dead fish.
4: Superfine Bird Sand from the Pet Supermarket. Being superfine this stuff works really well for basing 5mm troops.
5: Games Workshop Modelling Gravel: £4 for a small tub. Now why did I buy this stuff?
6 & 7: Two grades of Woodland Scenics Talus
8: Woodland Scenics Ballast Fine Brown.
9: Woodland Scenics Ballast Coarse Brown.
10: Unknown Model Railway Ballast
11: Woodland Scenics Ballast Fine Buff.
12: Woodland Scenics Ballast Coarse Buff
13: Games Workshop Modelling Sand. Again £4 for a tub. Why? Well it’s an excellent mix of sizes that makes really rather good bases. But it is far too expensive.
Sad, isn’t it?