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First water basing attempt

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Jaze

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First part of this project was to see wether waster basing was possibly, as if it was not then having a water free sea based army would not feel worth while.

I bought some Water Clear Casting Resin (do not recommend opening this in the house, took about a week for the smell  disappear) for the base effect. I had previously tried pva as well as some water effect  basing stuff which did not need any catalyst, I found  both were prone to clouding when going for a deeper than a few mm water source.

I part assembled a Gunhaulers and painted it very minimally with just red and a bit of silver in the water. This is not the planned scheme it was just two light colours so I  could get an idea of visibility through the resin. I cut off most of the models keel, filed the stub flat and glued this to the base before painting.

For this attempt I used frog tape to build a barrier around the base to contain the  liquid resin. And poured in the first layer of resin.

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This was just as thin "see what  happen" layer

 

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For the next layer I mixed in some nuln oil GW wash, I noted that they GW washes made the liquid colour quite merky.  This worked quite well to mask where the ship was glued to the base.

 

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The merky effect worked well for the lower layer, but I didn't want it for the rest. I switched to using Vallejo blue and green inks which reacted much better with the resin. i built up about three layers of this to get to the desired depth.

 

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It set solid after around 2 hours, but took about 4 days to harden to the point of no longer having a tacky/sticky surface.

The end result was better than expected, success was not an expectation. My one regret. Was not painting the gunhauler fullly before the attempt.

Next time I plan to do a larger batch of resin with the inks so that I have better control of the amount of clearness.

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