anyway, I realized for the specific scenario I picked, i need roughly 17 feet of rivers. now I have been thinking of making a modular river system to go with the teddy bear fur mat I have made(I want to make another without integral roads, but have been somewhat stymied by finding a source with a big enough piece for a reasonable price). I was having some trouble deciding how to make the actual river, as i have many times over the last 20 years. then I saw a video on youtube which i no longer seem able to find. it displayed a number of ways to get a water effect, including using acrylic medium gel. so I decided to get it done, and set about maing 17 feet of rivers plus curved sections.
I laid out 2 pieces of 2x2' MDF, and 1 1x1' piece of MDG, and started drawing. i decided in a common base width and a river width, and started measuring and drawing. I made sure all the joints have the same distances of base edge-to-bank and bank-to-bank distances the same across all pieces. I then cut all the pieces out Saturday afternoon.
|river cut up into 2foot sections. only 3 of these were left this long.|
|other smaller and curved sections|
|River sections, all with wood filler applied, and all but 2 with sand glued down.|
Later tonight I will do some painting of the banks, and tomorrow I'll paint the river, and maybe start applying the acrylic medium gel. depending on how heavy a coat I apply, it can take up to 4 or 5 days to completely dry. I'm not planning on applying a thick coat, but I have another playtest this coming weekend, so I'm trying to leave enough time for a full cure. although it will by dry to the touch in 24 hours no matter what.
Some people think I'm nuts for running a game at a con and to still be painting figures for the game this late in the game. but I've made a habit out of it. this time last year I still had only just finished my teddy bear game mat for my Napoleonic Peninsular war Skirmish game at Hotlead. and I had not yet finished painting all the forces. last year I was playtesting the last 2 weeks and modifying the order of battle up until 2 days before the convention. that's just how I roll!
More progress on the rivers to come!
*EDIT* found the video i used on youtube. the bloke who made it posted on TMP which is how i found it again. Link .