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    Water Feature

    Hi there,

    I was looking for some new interesting terrain features for WHFB and i came up with the idea to make a water feature. So i went into the garage, made a nice pool out of MDF (don't know if that's the right name in english), painting it in a nice watery blue and completely filled it with varnish to give it a nice watery effect.

    when i came back the next morning all of the varnish was soaked into the wood, leaving me with an empty pool.

    Now i'm searching for a material i can use to fill up my pond, but staying clear when it dries.
    I don't think GW water effects will work because it's quite a deep hole (about 10-14mm). do you have any (cheap) ideas?

    and how do you make your water features?
    here are the promised pictures, i've put some models next to them to give you a sense of scale.





    thanks!

    Last edited by Byjugo; January 28th, 2010 at 10:48. Reason: added pictures
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    you could try to use the clear lid piece from a cd-case..

    cut to shape and plop it into the hole, then just cover that with water effects, to get around the depth of the pond.

    If the pond isnt too big that is.

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    yeah it's to big, good thought though.. i might be able to get my hands on some plexiglass, so i'll remember that

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    i have used 2 metods for water

    1: go to a hobby store, they usually have water effects of some kind, but can be somehat expensive. and follow the instructions!

    2: if you want to cheap out go to the hardwar store and buy clear silicon chaulking. it dries nice and clear and looks like water. apply it in thin coats, if its on too thick it will either take doys to go clear throughout, or will stay milky in the deep parts.

    when i made my river i cut it out of 1" styrofoam, shavend the edges down with a drywall knife. then i covered it in pollyfiller to give it texture. i painted it. then i ran a bead of silicon down the middle and smeared it into all the nooks and cranies with my fingers.

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    Glue

    If i were you i would use glue, speciffacilly elmers. I have found that it dries clear, but it takes 2-3 days to dry.

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    Just a thought, you could perhaps make the hole shallower, then use "gel medium" (e.g. Talens Heavy Gel Medium Glossy) to create a glossy/transparent effect together with blue acrylic paint. It might give a really nice effect. E.g. here they've used gel medium with gray/green water: http://www.ipmslivonia.org/ipms/Gall...JF-PT-124a.jpg.

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    My suggestion is do what you did before! With a slight change. If you paint the area where the water will be going with PVA first it will "seal" the wood. This will mean next time you fill with the varnish it wont be soaked up.
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    Ha, as it happens I bumped into this page by accident while surfing: Landscape - Water - Woodland Scenics - Model Layouts, Scenery, Buildings and Figures. There's also a how to video for making realistic water with the gear that they sell.

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