Sunday, 7 April 2013

How green is my river

(Part 1 here; Part 2 here)
On my 'Realm of Battle' board

I really like this little island.

Cold morning light reflected over the ford

And... finished. I went for an olive-green river with a darker brownish deep section in the centre, and paler green to the banks. The execution is somewhat less smooth than I had planned, but it is preferable to the scratches and scuffing on my original set. The wet effect is solely from gloss varnish, which ended up catching a few bubbles, bits of dust, and paintbrush streaks.

Variable execution of blending techniques

I drybrushed grey onto the rocks to pick them out a bit better. I painted the fords, but failed to match the banks as closely as I would have liked. I flocked to match my existing baseboards. I thought of having some more lush green vegetation at water's edge, but decided against it.

Overall: B. Could have done better.

Still, at least they are painted, ready for gaming, and recognisable as water features. There's ten feet of river here, which should be plenty. I think a waterfall and rapids would be awesome additions. Still need to make me some marshes.

Some take-home thoughts:

  • Gloss varnish is all-important. Multiple coats if necessary.
  • If you're going to blend, take your time and don't rush
  • Colour is less important than reflection
  • Beware of brush-streaks


  1. Greetings. I do like the final choice of colors and scheme that you chose for your river-runs-through-it.. It looks awesome, Sir.

  2. I second the opinion that it looks fantastic!

  3. I like it. I think that's a great looking table.

  4. I think it came out really well, and ten feet of it? That's awesome, you practically have a little delta going ;).

  5. I think it has turned out very well. Theres no mistaking its a water feature.