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Model Water

Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 6:29 pm
by wargamer1979
Hello again!

Just doing a post to discuss model water. I have painted some of my rivers a lighter shade of blue and they have lost that nice shiny glaze that kallistra adds when manufacturing them.

I am considering adding a glaze of model water on top - clear and still. I note that there are several products on the market for this. Has anybody ever used any product like this for modelling - still or flowing? Which product did you use and what were the results, and your opinions please?

Hope to hear from you all soon.

Best regards,

Graham

Re: Model Water

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:03 pm
by Norm
I painted mine a more mucky colour and then used a satin varnish to bring back some sheen ...... But satin does not seem to be reflective enough to do that.

I don't want it too reflective because it bounces light back and affects my photography, I was wondering whether a thinned clear varnish would get the right sort of reflection.

When I dragged the varnish and paint along the river, I did a sort of squiggle with the brush so that any shines surface would have a slightly fragmented look rather than a mirror look.

Re: Model Water

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 4:29 pm
by wargamer1979
Hello,

Thanks for your post. Yes there are a good range of varnishes available that could give some interesting effects for model water.

In the last couple of days, I have purchased vallejo water texture and applied it with a brush to my frozen rivers. It is a white, fairly thin acrylic gel that goes clear when dry. It says it can be shaped on the jar but I did not find doing that easy.

The tiles I applied it to were kallistra's green flocked river tiles - I painted them white and a streaky blue colour a week or so ago. The flocking did absorb some of the white paint but a couple of coats covered them.

I find the result of adding the water texture to the painted tiles pleasing, it has given them a bit of shine and sparkle. (Photos attached.)

Best wishes

Graham

Re: Model Water

Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:12 pm
by wargamer1979
Hello everybody!

Experimenting with paint and water texture again. I have painted some of my blue single and blue marsh hexes a slightly brighter shade of blue and then applied a coat of water texture and have tried to shape it into flowing water. Below are some pictures of the result before it has dried.

Best wishes

Graham

Re: Model Water

Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 4:31 pm
by wargamer1979
And after it has dried... here are the results!

Best wishes

Graham

Re: Model Water

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 2:37 pm
by Paul K
Hi
The water effects look very effective. I've explored many different ways of achieving convincing water effects on terrain with very varied results. The clear casting resin works well, but the most cost effective and easy method I have tried is to paint the desired water effect in acrylic paint, allow to dry, then cover with a thick layer of wood glue (PVA). This dries clear and creates the illusion of depth to the painted surface beneath.

Re: Model Water

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:41 pm
by bradpitre
good evening !!
for me, this is what I did for my rivers

background painting with various blue and green colors then work in fresh with bright and clear acrylic
Then, very light brush on the edges in white to bring out the movement ........
it's pretty simple, fast and not too expensive:

Image

eric