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so i was thinking one day, "i want to build a lake, but i dont know how to give it that real lake feel." so i suddenly thought, hey you know what! if i dig a whole in my polystyerene board and fill it with wax, or like, cover a thin piece of board with wax, it would give me either a water or ice fill. and i could use crayons to make it certain colours, or maybe just add dips of paint in the liquid wax. Is this idea worht any merit? or am i just dreaming the impossible?
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I have seen wax used to represent ice and it looked pretty awesome. Ive never tried it myself but im sure that it can be done. Some limitations tho: it is not a very hard substance so it would be prone to damage, maybe for display purposes only. Depends on how hot you have to get the wax, hot glue can melt polystrene, so if the wax is too hot it could do the same. Youd have to play around and see what you can do.
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maybe you should ask arts and craft stores, years ago in school some kid bought a special liquid thats meant to look like water when its finished, he needed it for some train model or something, anyhow it looked really nice sorry i dont remember the name but maybe you should look into that because it was honestly looked amazing
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You can always go the cheap way with just a lot of Elmers Glue in th ditch.
What i recomend is to take a piece of thin plasticard and cover it with elmers glue (put tape on the edges like walls to keep it in till it drys) After a little while, make some dips and stuff with a pencil tat you don't care about (make sure the glue is somewhat solid). You can even put some marbles in halfway to represent bubbles. For a frozen lake, do the same as above, but do not put any indents in it. Now, go to your local craft store and pick up a couple of blues that you like. Start with the darkest and basecoat it that, then less of the lighter and so on till you drybrush white over the whole thing.
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well as sartorious said, gw has the "water effect" product:
Games Workshop Online Store — Games Workshop Water Effect 237 ml
i havent used it myself, but ive seen it and it looks good, probably have to paint the bottom of the lake though since its pretty much transparent. its kind of expensive and youll need a lot to make a lake. but im sure you can get a similar product from some train/modelling brand for cheaper.
Thats not a half bad idear, But I would recomend using the wax as a filler in between water effects or polyurathane. the wax even when dry may still be soft to the touch and may get dirty in most storage conditions. but still great idear.
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In addition to GW's stuff, the stuff I've seen used by model railroaders is called 'magic water'. Two-part solution that sets up like water. It's totally clear and after you put it in your lakebed it seems diamond-hard, plus it will never yellow. It does work with dyes and inks to tint the water, and it doesn't wick up the legs of boat docks, dead bodies, wrecked vehicles, etc etc. In other words it's good stuff.