After I'd mixed the gunge to base the buildings I made a much smoother version consisting of just acrylic paint, PVA and powder filler mixed to a consistency of thick, pourable yoghurt. I had designed the bases of the ponds (there were two within my map boundary) to have a slight dip and items to create a border.
|Main pond just outside the North gate freshly filled with chocolate coloured |
|A different view shows it had not settled to a level surface but reflects the light |
like mud - not yet what I wanted
|While still wet I glued miniature "reeds" round the border and a couple within.|
these were made from a combination of small pieces of rubber back doormat
and some marsh pieces I made ages ago with sisal string.
|This view shows the main pond and also another at the roadside nearest the camera.|
I treated them both the same way.
|A closer view reflecting the light to see the ripples better. There are other acrylic gels|
and pastes besides this but I've not tried any of them yet.
|Later any sort of scatter and shredded clump foliage can be glued on with PVA to create the effect of water plants and algae|
|The other pond can be seen near bottom left in this photo of the layout with trees being applied|
I'll finish this Pond section with a a photo by Kevin East of the hot action during the game. French troops are surging round the North side of Hougoumont and about the reach the pond area.
I hope this part has been of use to somebody. More on the terrain making to follow shortly.