A River and a Little Pond – Part II

So the project continues towards finished modular river terrain. This final article is about finishing the base work and painting. We left our project to this stage:

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First of I needed some texture to the banks. I used fine sand and rocks which I bought from a decoration shop. Just little bit of glue and then the sand. Sprinkle the sand over a plate or something where you can reuse the sand that didn’t stick to the piece. After this add some rocks

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Base work, Done!!


At that time i used mostly black undercoat for dark colors and white for bright colors. Nowadays I hardly ever use black undercoat any more for terrain because it´s so strong of a color that even shadows tend to look unnatural, I prefer dark brown. I undecorated the banks with black and the water sections with white because I wanted the blues and the greens of the water to be quite bright.

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Over this i used dark brown for the banks and dark grey for the stones.

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Next step was to use different and lighter browns and greys to give some life to the terrain. I usually just drybrush here and there and if it doesn´t work, i repaint it and try something else. Thats why i can´t say any exact paints that i used. I also used some thinned down greens for the stone to give it some age.

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Next my attention turned towards the river itself. I wanted the river look quite clean and “fantasy” so no browns here, only different shades of blue and green.

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Before this project I had never used wet blending techniques anywhere but I thought that it would work for the river. So with well diluted paints I painted wide streaks of colors on the bottom of the river and then, with the help of water, I started to mix them. I wanted to have dark blue in the centre and lighter green on the edges. Here are the before and after shot from the river part and the pond.

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..and two river parts together..

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Next up: Part III, how about some water?



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One Comment;

  1. David said:

    That’s quite a before and after with the Wet Blending. Looking good.

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