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September 11, 2014 by warzan
We demo the Flockbox from Warpainter that works as a handy device for flocking your miniatures and making all those bases look brilliant once you’ve finished painting!
I have one of these. I have been basing By Fire and Sword miniatures with it. I use a mix of 1mm, 2mm and 4mm grass at the same time and then add flowers afterward. Very happy with the results.
Nice little gadget!
That’s a really nifty gadget.
I have to agree with Warren. That is unbelievably cool.
Anybody know of any distributors of these stateside?
Not only really cool but also very useful
Thanks for the excellent review guys!
Slight problem though, the MK I that you are reviewing has all sold out and I am now on to the MK III which is a lot better. The MK III has new electronics which means you cannot damage it if using the higher 12v by accident. It also has twice as large a working area which is now a flat plate that works better at picking up than the dish. It now comes with more grass than shown.
A slight error in your review. The flat metal plate was for placing over the top of the dish to make a flat working area that you put your grass onto. But the way you used it is also good as the metal plate behind figures greatly helps with the pickup rate. The MK III does not come with the metal plate as it is built into the box now.
Where can I get this device?
A interesting gadget – makes flocking more easier – however, I’m guessing it only works on static grass?
Marky, I’m not sure what else would you expect it to work on? It works on picking up natural hair or animal fur in the same way. It also picks up small sand particles! If you mean model scatter materials then it would depend on what those materials are made from, better to use static grass!
yeah I went to website and saw the Mark IiI – way to go. BOW please try to keep up!
lol We do try you know!
Warpainter’s innovations are ahead of us in this case, but we’re looking forward to seeing more of what they come up with
They? It is just little ‘ol me that does everything Warren, from design to shipping, a one man band with aspirations to become a two man band
How close do you have to get, to work properly? Lets say you have something bigger on the base and cannot get close.
I have been basing 15mm miniatures. The cavalry I have had to base before gluing the riders to the horses or else it becomes quite difficult to use, but basing single figures is pretty easy as you can hold the miniature below the edge of the metal plate with the base that you are flocking just above it.
It does have its limitations with higher models, I would say no more than 3 inches between the top of a model and the base to be grassed. But you can always make any size grass tufts using silicone paper and peel off and stick it on the base.
Put it this way, when I put the first batch of miniatures based this way in front of the guy I painted them for his comments included the words ‘absolutely’ and ‘beautiful’ and he was talking about the bases rather than the miniatures…
Would it work to put the static grass in a sort of (metal) pepper caster, attach the cable and place the mini on the plate? So I could go around or underneath the piece.
It states on the website that you can do exactly this, but with a sieve (tea strainer maybe?). I haven’t tried it myself though.
Yes you can use it like all the other shaker type static grass applicators. Just attach the blue cable crocodile clip to a standard metal sieve, place your mini on the plate, grass in sieve and shake it to drop onto the mini.
Yes you can use it like all the other shaker type static grass applicators. Just attach the blue cable crocodile clip to a standard metal sieve, place your mini on the plate, grass in sieve and shake it to drop onto the mini. – See more at: http://www.beastsofwar.com/painting-and-hobby/unboxing-flockbox-warpainter/#comment-146117
Yeah, that is very cool!
Looks like a tool worth your money. Unfortunately I see this a few weeks to late, just grassed like 50 FoW:V bases. But I keep it in mind for the next army project.
great video, been looking at a gadget for this job. Others seem for bigger areas and a shed load more money.
Just ordered my now
flock me! that was quick
having a lot of trouble trying to open the warpainter website?
Not sure if I am allowed to do this but here’s the direct link to the eBay listing:
There may be a slight problem with stock at the moment as I only have 10 left but I will have made another 50 by next Friday 19th Sept
As someone who loathes basing miniatures I can’t believe I’ve never seen this sooner.
Awesome!! Enough to sell me on it … bought … and eagerly awaiting its arrival!!
This to me is like friggen magic. This is an immediate buy and I’m gonna spread this far and wide because wow, major hobby boner here. The fact that the Mk III is bigger and badder than this is just icing on the cake.
yea, I will have to get one of these. When I think of all the time spent messing around with static grass over the years I could cry. I will have one of these very soon.
All metals conduct electricity Warren, it’s a fundamental property of metals.
Of course any figure you’re using this device on will likely have an insulating layer of paint on, Would not be surprised if the static charge is sufficient to jump through a micron thick layer of paint though.
Wow Morat, never had that happen to me yet and I’ve probably based a good couple thousand 15mm figures with this so far.
I’ve shipped out all the Flockbox’s that were bought last night/today before 3pm and upgraded all the UK ones to 1st class so you get to play with them for the weekend )
You are of course correct about the metals _ I had a braid fart and couldn’t stop thinking Lead was a poor conductor – but its an tin alloy now (and tin has been used as a replacement for copper in Telecoms etc)
Indeed. You mix tin with Niobium to make such wire. Although some comms equipment is going down the fibre route, which is quicker but you need FO repeaters in order to preserve the signal strength as they cant carry a current. At last! My radar technician qualification has provided me with knowledge I can use in civi street. Hehe. Doh.
veru clever !!!Hahaha Is’t funny to !!
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