Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Floral Foam

Just a quick one. Has anybody used Floral Foam (for flower arranging) as a basing material before? Doing some 'experiments' with it now was just wondering if anyone knows how it holds up to paint, varnish, glue and all the other rigours we put our minis through?

4 comments:

Shelexie said...

I haven't used it for minis but my mom used to use it a lot. I remember the dust was bad news when she cut it. My concern would be how easy it is to "mush". Any large flat area is probably going to have mushed in finger prints in a short time. However, now that I think about it, it might be a great way to make alien terrain. Make the rough shape then deliberately mush in the craters. I would love to see pics of what you have going on!

John said...

Strange as it seems I worked as a florist for while. It wouldn't make a good basing material as it is too brittle and would break down once any kind of water based paint etc was applied to it. Pity off with standard gap filler or putty

Elazar The Glorified said...

Hmm, yeah, I did some playing with it. Whilst I was doing so though I had a brainstorm and moved onto a thoroughly different idea. Might come back to this for something else though.
Thanks you both for your comments and advice! :)

Anonymous said...

I made some jungle terrain out of it once by mushing it down until I had a firm base (still really, really brittle) and stuck parts from fake floral arrangements (the ones that look jungly) and them spray glued some of the packaged moss to it. Two years later, it still looks really good, but the base material (floral foam) is still the weakest part of the peices and some have completely broken down. It wouldn't work for minis.