Any ideas on how to paint this? I have tried several times with less than sterling results. Am trying to make a small still overgrown pool with a statue centered in it, and am failing miserably. Am using water effects...tried painting and water effects over it...eh. Tried mixing paint in the water effects...again, eh...tried streaking paint in " hot glue" water...again, ugh. All looks very fake. Google keeps finding how to paint brackish water on canvas with oil paints, etc etc...way out of my league and not anywhere near what I want...
You may have had trouble finding a solution because of terminology. Brackish water is the slightly salty water you find at the zone where sea water and fresh water meet. I think what you are actually looking for is a swamp water effect - dark, still water with vegetation.
Ive only used this stuff, its a 2 part resin(much like the epoxy) and dries rock hard and crystal clear. Alot of people use it to top coat pennies and such for countertops and floors. It tried it but didnt mix it properly and its sticky to this day after almost a year!
Why is everyone scared of beholders? I hold bees all the time.
If you want an easier way to do it paint the underneath as you want, you can even go over flock for the rest of this.
Then in the areas you want the water, use a few layers of gloss polyeurethane until you get a relatively level layer. You can use some heavy layers to do this. If you want darker water, you can add a tiny bit of a dark ink of the color you want into the gloss.
Then you want to get a good leaf litter option. I tend to prefer the cheapest green tea I can find at the grocery or dollar store. Instead of a normal flocking method, take some more polyeurethane and apply it then sprinkle the flock onto it while it's still wet. You can do a few layers of this if you want, don't tint this or later layers though because it will mess up the end look. Also for layers over, use a light dabbing of the gloss in order to keep the leaf litter from breaking up on you.
You probably want a few layers with very light additions of the leaf litter followed by at least one empty layer. You can increase the effect by putting a few bits of the leaf litter on top of everything else, but be very careful doing so as it can break off and is more on the fragile side of things.
As another tip, if you want more of a algae filled swampy look, replace the leaf litter with finely ground flock and don't put any on the top at all.
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT