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Water on a base

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by mikec55, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. mikec55 Active Member

    I'm planning on mounting Andrea's 54mm mountain man on a wooden base & then try adding a little water to the groundwork. First, he'll be glued to the metal base that came with the kit before everything is then glued to the wood base. Since the metal base raises him in the air a bit, I'd like to show him standing on a riverbank.

    The water will be on one corner of the wooden base only, right up to the edge of the metal base from that corner. My question is, what do I use to keep the water goop from slopping over the edge of the wood base as it's being poured? I've seen this done before with many other figures, usually with an explanation of how this effect was acheived, but I can't find any of those posts. I think it had something to do with a plastic card & some vaseline. Or am I confusing it with that weekend in Vegas back in '03?...........

    Does anyone have a link to one of those posts or any advice to get me started?

    Thanks in advance. Mike
  2. madeg Active Member


    One of the options is to use acryl based pasta . You can purchased it as a gel that does not flow . You can apply and sculp it with a brush .Vallejo has two differerent colours in their range . White that becomes clear as water when dried . And blue one for boat modelers . I used the white one and after a few days the effect is vissible .The big advantage is you don't have to built a dam around the groundwork .And you can ad structure to the stuff .
    http://www.acrylicosvallejo.com/ visit this site to view the product .
  3. Figure Mad Well-Known Member

    Hi Mike

    Here is a quick way of working your water. Drawing for use as well

    Get all the ground work done that is going to be under water, such as reeds, rock fish and paint accordingly to how you want it to look under water.

    This now gives you an edge to use, decide what water level you want then get a folded piece of paper with the water indicated as a line at right angles to the fold place the fold of the paper on the corner you are using and rub you finger on it over the edges of the groundwork making sure the paper does not move, you should be able to see the shape of the groundwork. Transfer this shape too a piece of folded clear acetate, putting the fold of the paper on the fold of the acetate, then cut the shape of the groundwork out and cut along the water level. This should leave a shape the exact shape of the edges of the water you want, this can now be very carefully superglued onto the base, right on the edges of the top surface, once dry now add little touches of superglue all along the bottom edges inside the acetate where it meats the groundwork. Once this is dry you can use your gloop or clear liquid resin to just touch in around the fish and reeds first to make sure there are no bubbles, then slowly pour in the rest of the water until it reaches the water level that you want, you will have to mix a little more after a couple of days to make sure the water level is correct, as resins and gloops do shrink slightly, so just top it up to the top edge. This way you don't have to remove the acetate and it leaves a very clean view into the water from the side.

    I hope this helps, I have an example on my blog is you wish to look


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  4. megroot A Fixture

    That's a nice one Dave,
    Never thought about the acetate piece's. Its gonna be less struggling then the last time.

  5. milten2004 Active Member

    I hope this will help.
    This is a space which I wanted to be "flooded".

    ... and this is a "water"

    With a little help of blutac and tin plastic folio I made "water container".

    ...and I put a water in.

    24 hours later - this is a final result...
  6. captnenglish Well-Known Member

    I use the Vallejo product Marc mention I have never had any problems.
  7. mikec55 Active Member

    Marc & Matthew- Unfortunately, I already invested in a different water product. This will be my first time using it but it looks like the Vallejo's might be a bit more user friendly.

    Dave & Djordje- I like both of your ideas. They're both what I remember seeing with other postings. I'm not sure which I'll try first but I'll be trying both sometime down the road.

    Thanks again for all the sugestions.

  8. sirhogr Member

    Well i'd like to hear more about that weekend in Vegas back in '03....... It sounds interesting...:D

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