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I hope this is the right place for this post. I have a mini that I've put aside for something special. Right now, I think I want to do a ilttle underwater thing. So I have a whole slew of questions.
How can I do this thing so it's freestanding, i.e. not in a container? Does GW water effects stick to surfaces coated with vaseline? Ideally, I want to put the mini in a container, pour my water material in, then slide the whole thing out after it's dry.
Any recommendations on painting water reflections directly on the mini vs. painting the mini normal and dyeing the water material?
simple: gloss varnish
it gives a nice [glossy] sheen, real good for a wet appearance. you can also water it down, or mix it in with a bit of paints to change the effect.
cool. And any thoughts on actually embedding it in something to simulate water?
GW water effect or clear resin (like this stuff used in Taxidermy) could be used to make what you are suggesting. I don't know if vaseline would work to stop them from sticking to a container, but you could always carry out a test run to find out (not using a model obviously).
To be honest, I'm not sure this will turn out to look very good. It may work if you do it as part of a dioramma, but if its just going to be a marine suspended in a block of resin it might look a bit odd. That said, if you have an image set in your mind on how you want it to turn out then go for it, it may work really well.
For tips on how to paint the underwater effect onto models, make a post in the painting section of the forum and ask the guys there. Posters like Slorak and Gareth are very good and will give you sound advice.
Be sure to post pictures if you attempt the project, I am quite interested to see how this turns out. Best of luck mate.
I strongly suggest clear resin. Honestly, I doubt GW's wet effects stuff could hold up to what you need.
It's been a LONG time since I've seen one, but there used to be kits you could buy for kids... It came with a little 1 gallon plastic "fish tank" type container & whatever was going to be inside (usually fake fish).
You pour in your gravel & a little extras (plants or whatever), then mix & fill a little of this clear *stuff* in it. Once it is almost dry, you place a fish or two... repeat until complete.
I was going to buy a set to create a fantasy RPG scene of a barbarian fighting a beholder (no base for the beholder that way), but I never got around to is.
Still, though, I'd say go with the resin.
There was an article in a White Dwarf years ago where a GW employee got a hold of the LotR Balrog molds & made one out of clear resin... if you can find it, he MAY have mentioned what kind of resin he used.
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Thanks for all the advice. Sounds like I'll need to run a few test. It's not going to get done soon, but once I finish I'll put up pics for sure.