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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.