Dio-Bolical Monday No: 7 – “Fools Gold” – Part 6

This week work began on the stream.

I have done water effects before several times but have always used products from Woodland Scenics.  This time I decided to try something different.  Thinking ahead to when I do the Wizard’s Tower I know the Woodland Scenics materials won’t work for what I am thinking of doing so after scrolling through YouTube I settled on using the materials demonstrated by Luke at Geek Gaming.

For this diorama I kept things simple.  I didn’t want a dramatic look so to some extent the effect is a little lost.  The important thing is the material works and I can tell already that this will be the stuff I use on the Wizard’s Tower base.  The white you see in the image below is Woodland Scenics water effects added on top to add a few ripples and to see if the products could be combined and work.  They do.


Once the water effects dried it was time for a little white dry brush to bring out the ripples.  Once that was done I painted up the logs and fixed them in position.  Later they would get a dry brush too.


Time now to think ground work and tree.  It always amazes me how much difference even a small amount of grass and a shrubs make.  Introducing some Green to all the shades of brown works nicely for me.

The wire aperture for the tree was put in place and bedded into some Milliput and then left to harden.


Next step was to get the wire aperture covered in a PVA and filler mix.  This was then left to dry before painting.  Oils were used for painting the tree and further dry brushing will be applied in due course.  I’m not looking to add more in the way of branches to the tree.  A dead-ish looking appearance is what I am after and besides I want it to complement the mine and the cabin and not dominate the scene.


That’s it for this week.  Too much else going on right now but for the next post I hope to have the Cabin in situ, ground work and debris added and some miscellaneous bits and bobs such as barrels, planks, boxes and rubble added.


22 thoughts on “Dio-Bolical Monday No: 7 – “Fools Gold” – Part 6

    1. Thanks Dave. The water product purchased on Ebay was Everbuild Clear Fix (Water Effect). This is mixed with IPA 99.9% Isopropyl Alcohol also bought on Ebay. The IPA softens the Eberbuild. The more you add the more when mixed it becomes liquid but then dries and solidifies. Pending what you do will determine how thin you want it mixed. I kept it to a gel which self levelled and solidified relatively quickly but I left it 24 hours to be sure. It doesn’t need UV light but I did use Green Stuff World resin to create a barrier at the narrow end so the stuff didn’t ooze out. That did need UV light and hardened in about 30 seconds.

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  1. The water effects look great to my eyes. Its good to hear that Luke didn’t lead you astray as well. His skill and hobby knowledge are great but for some reason, I don’t like his videos as much as I want to and I can’t quite figure out why. Its a shame, because I’d like to watch and learn more from him, if you know what I mean. Getting back on topic, the vegetation also is coming along nicely and it is still lots of fun seeing your progress each Monday 🙂 Can’t wait for the next one, in fact!

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    1. I reckon I have two more posts to go and then this one will be wrapped up. Time then to start on the big one! I know what you mean about Luke. For me he is a very talented chap but some people are easier to watch and listen to than others.

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