Thursday, July 11, 2013

Rivers, Rapids and Rushing Streams - Note on adding detail

Note on adding detail

Details fall in 3 categories: submerged, partially submerged, not submerged.

  • Submerged - This really is addressing anything that is fully in the resin. That includes rocks and dirt under the water and touching the creek bed. These should all be done in creek bed preparation. Examples include: logs especially those forming dams or part of rapids, rocks, bottom trash (example railroad parts, ties, tires, old drums, and even wrecked cars (or engines). Be careful, these are permanent and removing will cause major rework. If model fish or lobster/crab traps they would need to be added here.

  • Partially Submerged - This includes tree tops, or trees hanging into the creek, swimmers, boats, and even fish.

    Noch makes scale fist that can be added. Also fishermen wading, and floating trash (though it may also be added after done it it is thin and not needing to appear partially submerged. You generally handle these between pours. Remember the tint of the water and the matte and gloss coverings will reduce visibility.

    So depth of object is important. This adds a lot of wow and surprise factor. Think about this area, you can make some neat mini scenes: Fisherman catching fish, eagle grabbing fish, old tires, and even snakes swimming across. Some objects float so you may need to glue to lower hard resin layer to get effect desired.

  • Not Submerged - Easiest of all. Main decision is whether to do before water resin is poured or after. Decision point is usually based on how messy it is to put add and how fragile.

    Example: adding scenery base paint, dirt, bushes, grass, and rocks. You usually do these first, before water resin added to minimize danger or marring water surface. Caution: I have seen glue mess up water resin, and heard it can make holes in Envirotex, so use great care if resin already added. Best to do before.

    Trees, bridges (not supports which have to be in water) and buildings tend to be fragile and are best added after. I use a lot of cotton wood trees. They are fragile. So I add at end to minimize change of destroying. I use hot glue to place in a hole to secure. This eliminates glue damage to water.

Hope these notes helped.

Feel free to comment, correct, or ask questions. Will post pictures of some of these in future.

Thanks Cameron

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