I picked up a few sets of GF9 rivers a while back, and am glad that I did because I understand the 'starter' set with the bridges is now hard to find.
Sturdy, durable, variety of organic shapes and fords/ island etc., pre-painted but not pre-flocked, decent width/ length
Several of my pieces came stuck to one another and were scratched and scuffed. Several other people have had the same issue. Here are the worst:
Disappointing, but not the end of the world. So I'm going to repaint them- what colour? These pieces will have to stand for a variety of scales and environments, from desert to jungle.
I've never really been a fan of blue rivers and streams. I've seen some lovely model railway scenery with a dark bottle green, and was pleasantly surprised by some of Battlefront's repainted brown pieces:
I cant decide between the olive green and the blue. If I do go for olive green, I'm not sure if I should go for a flat uniform coat, or something with a bit more variety in it. I only slapped on a little paint, and the streakiness is somewhat pleasing, if difficult to reproduce consistently. On the bottom two pictures in particular you can see where the factory blue paintjob 'rides up' the banks a little.
The gloss varnish helps, but isn't as glossy as I expected. A few more coats will help. These paintjobs are surprisingly gritty; don't entirely know why. I've have gone for speed over neatness. I've yet to flock and pick out the stones.
On the WWPD site
, I found this sneak-peek picture from Battlefront which appears to show a variety of wider and narrower streams and rivers yet to be released. Looks good!
I'm still hanging out for a waterfall piece. Have a look at Eric the Shed
's excellent rivers and waterfall! (I note he went for blue, and it looks great.)
Edit: see Part II here and Part III here