Saturday, 20 May 2017

POND

POND

This pond is constructed from Teddy bear fur.
The benefits of using fur is; its  light weight,easily adapts and blends onto any terrain mat
and I can simulate windblown water effect without purchasing expensive commercial water effect products.

28mm figure added for scale.


French Alpine Goat added for interest.


Roughly cut out a e-regular shape of terry bear approximately 30 cm x 26 cm.
Using scissors, trim off the inner portion of the fur outlining the junction between the water,shore and grass.
You don't need to remove all the fur: leave a very short layer of fur in the water area, this  will help add a windblow water effect look to the pond.


Place waxed paper or a plastic sheet underneath the fur pond .
Using a old brush apply a generous layer of PVA glue onto the surface that has been trimmed and allow to dry.(sorry forgot to take a photo of the PVA glue on the fur)
Note the waxed paper/plastic will stop the underside of the pond sticking to the bench,  as the PVA  glue will seep thru the fur as it is drying.
You may need to apply another thin layer of PVA glue if there are too many fur fibers sticking up.



Water:
Once completely dry, paint over the dry PVA  with a Matt Black Acrylic Primer and allow to dry.
Paint over the Matt black Primer with Vallejo Black Green 980  and Flat Earth 983 together
using  wet blending technique to blend the colours together while wet.
You can paint the water more brown or greenish color, your preference, just don't paint it sea blue.

Edges of the pond:
Dry brush the edges of the pond with a very light coat of Vallejo Model Color, Dark Sand  or Iquai Sand.

Water:
Coat the water area with  2 coats of Acrylic Gloss Paint I used Vallejo Gloss Varnish 70.510.
Allow to dry, then use Vallejo Model Color Off White to dry brush some of the edges of the pond and small area around rocks or debris in the water - this dry brushing  should be very light.

Grass area:
Paint the fibers with a Green mix of paint with patches of Flat Earth 983.
Once dry use a old paint brush and apply PVA glue over the fibers and sprinkling  some fine flock.  

Water:
Add a few miscellaneous  bits to the pond for points of interest like rocks or branches.  
Allow to dry, then use Vallejo Model Color Off White to dry brush some of the edges of the pond and small area around rocks or debris in the water - this dry brushing  should be very light.



Last of all, add a Goat and your have your very, light, flexible and adaptable pond. complete with water effects.

I am currently thinking that this maybe a good way to represent rivers. (will have to give it a go and see how it turns out)





8 comments:

  1. Quite a novel technique there, John!

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    1. Thanks Andy for your comment
      cheers John

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  2. Great idea and superbly executed!

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    1. Thanks Moiterei for your comment
      cheers John

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  3. Great effect...would not have thought of using the fur as the water..I like it

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    1. Thanks Glasgow Warhog for your comment
      cheers John.

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  4. Creative and excellent job, and this goat is a fantastic addition...Congrats!

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    1. Thanks Phil,yes I like the goat too
      cheers John

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