Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Recalcitrant Daze - This and That.

Welcome to post 400.

A combination of things has resulted in a lack of updates recently. One is work, one is a tattoo convention and the other is the water effects I put in the board ponds.

As the water effect was taking so damn long to go off I at first didn't want to do anything near them that could spoil it (e.g. getting dust into the stuff as it cured), the boards have also taken up most of the room so I haven't been able to cast or even do moulds.

As such I've not been able to do enough on one particular project to do an update on them. But as it's been a while I thought i'd do a generally 'this is what I have done' post.

Realm of Battle Boards:

The water effect I put in finally cured. I then moved onto adding the next layer. For this I needed some new water effect, turned out GW has changed the stuff they sell. This is a problem. For a start it is more expensive (what a surprise) but the main problem is that it appears to be shit.

The first stuff added finally cured.

Basically the water effect went white - not a problem I thought as it is probably just what it does.

The problem is as it has cured in some areas it has started to peel away round the edges. As you can see in the picture below it is hardly a small thing that can be brushed aside.

The new stuff...
So I am now going to have to wait for the two pools I have added the new stuff to to fully cure so I can then peel it out without damaging what is underneath it.

So has anyone got a good recommendation for water effect? Keep in mind I have a river to fill so don't want to spend an absolute fortune on it...but on the other hand with the amount of work I have put in to building the river I won't be looking to scrimp now.

Talking of river boards I did get a bit more painting on them done. Namely neaten things up, add was to rocks in river and pick out the two skulls.

Papa Nurgle:

Sitting on my desk are a few Daemon units I have made a start on getting finished:

I know I should of begun by finishing the Plaguebearers and Nurglings I started painting a while back but to be honest I couldn't be arsed.

Big Drone, Little Drones, Scabby...
I must sort out my paints soon as well...

Talking of Daemons I have some new recruits for them which arrived yesterday...namely a Plague Hulk and a Jabberthingymejig which I plan on converting into a Nurgley Great Spined Beast.

The Hulk wasn't the only thing to arrive from Forge World, the Death Guard are almost complete (in the sense of buying all the bits, they are somewhere off being actually 'finished').

Ah, the smell of Resin in the morning.
That is that for now.

If you can give me some pointers to good water effects please post it up as it would be highly appreciated.


  1. there was a video on youtube that was very interesting,

    I personally didnt try it, but i did try the material used for other uses, and its definately on the easy and cheap side

  2. Argh, hate to be the voice of "technique over product" but all water effects can be picky. It likes to cure in very thin layers 2-3mm and needs to be built up. Sometimes - i.e. perfect temp and humidity - you can get away with it but mostly it needs careful handling. Of course, if you did all that and still got that result then it was a crap product ;)

    Generally though with the amount of time curing it sounds like you used too much. Sorry :(

    1. Nope, used in thin layers as per the instructions. Certainly not humid either, though it's the middle of winter so the cold may have played a part.

      Finger crossed next time goes better...

  3. this looks awesome. Sorry if I already asked ages ago, but what specific browns do you use on your board? looks great.

    1. Thanks very much.

      The paints are pretty basic...

      Black undercoat,
      Raw Umber
      drybrush Yellow Ochre
      drybrush Sand

      and that's it.

    2. Meant to say the paints I use are Reeves acrylic paints, but any will probably do.

  4. Easy cast. Available at Michaels :)

    1. Michaels is an US craft store (they are also in canada)'-Craft-Clear-Casting-Resin-with-Catalyst/gc1703,default,pd.html

      but if i'm not wrong you are in UK, so you should try to look for some "Envirotex lite" resin.
      To be honest i haven't tried it by myself, it's just the same chemical resin as the "easy craft" product previously recommended from Castin'Craft.


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