I've experimented with sand and other footings before but I don't have a phenomenal amount of storage space in my room, and finding room for a tray or something that could contain a lot of loose material has been difficult, but thankfully I no longer need to worry about that!
I bought a box of cheapish 'Motion Sand' off ebay, as I didn't want to fork out for something I might not use.
After loling muchly at the wonky translations of the safety instructions...
...I had a look inside.
If you squish the bag, it feels rather like marzipan, which I know is a really bizarre thing to be reminded of, but it just does, ok? XD
It feels like it's constantly trying to escape your fingers and it's really very tactile - you constantly want to keep touching it, it's so weird!
I took my time sprinkling it over the piece of card I laid out as a base, though it's been patted down flatter in this pic.
To make it look like a proper arena with a track of hoofprints round the edges, I resorted to drastic measures for accuracy...
I tried it with flattened sand and rough, looser sand, and I much prefer the latter. Flattening it down does make hoofprints more obvious, but it just doesn't look as much in scale and looks a bit concretey.
|Call that a working trot? Get that leg on!|
Once I was finished with it, it was easily scooped together into a heap, and only left behind a couple of stray grains here and there - certainly nothing that couldn't be brushed off with a hand.
Tracy had a go at making some sandcastles and they held their shape incredibly well, though the bucket handle made decanting them somewhat troublesome.
|It even picked up the Julip logo on the bottom of the bucket!|
It'll be perfect if I ever fancy doing a scene on a desert island...
...but I'll definitely avoid putting it anywhere near water, as I experimented with a tiny pinch of the stuff and it dissolves whatever polymer it is that makes it all magic and special, leaving it as boring old sand.
Sooo, my verdict?
8/10 - would most definitely recommend for setups!