Big (or should I say Wide) Rivers
To meet my immediate needs I have built the ‘vanilla’ sections of my river course. The full construction followed exactly the same pattern as the smaller rivers (see link)
Next I decided to build a waterfall -
I was quite keen to create a waterfall for my big river – nothing too grand or too dominant. So the following illustrates how I went about it.
The Waterfall itself will be placed on the edge of the table, this gives the illustration that higher ground lies beyond. The base of this was constructed from the type of foam used by builders for insulation. I was lucky I still had some off cuts from my extension seven years ago and these came with a plywood backing. The foam itself stands about 12-15cm high. After hacking this about a bit I ended up with the rock shape I wanted.
Two outcrops either side of the river were separate pieces of foam glued onto the larger base. Heres a tip – I supported the glueing with skewers driven into both top and bottom of the outcrops. These serve to hold the outcrops in place whilst the glue sets and reinforce the total structure.
The whole construction was painted with two coats of acrylic black. This toughens the exterior.
On top of the black I dry brushed dark and then light grey. Static grass will add to the affect.
The river was constructed as before using the floor tiles. Now comes the fun bit. On other boards I read that flowing water could be represented by clear bathroom sealant. I sourced a product that seemed to fit the bill. Taking an old Ferrero Rocher lid (very useful things) I marked out the width of the waterfall. It’s about 25cm. Then steadily I squeezed the tube and created small runs of the acetate filler. Warning: This staff smells and should be worked outside – after 10 mins I was feeling quite woozy and realised my error after reading the instructions.
The warcry (on the side of the waterfall)
If you want to see the bridge plus some more piccies head here
Come back soon