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Making a Water Base, Step-by-Step

While your base is drying, you can use this time to make some water splashes if you want to show your ship under attack.

I started with white handled q-tips as armatures, but ideally you would want to use something clear. For the splashes on my 1/35 sturmboot, I used the clear siphon tube out of an empty glass cleaner bottle. Empty ink pen tubes work for smaller splashes.
Cut one end off of the q-tips with wire cutters. (Photo 5) Squeeze out some clear silicone caulk onto the armature, how much depends on the height of your splash. Using a small scrap of wood, begin to work the silicone around the armature. (Photo 6) The more you work it, the stiffer the silicone will get, you want this. (Photo 7)
Once the silicone stiffens up, then, from bottom to top in a sweeping motion, pull out small sections of the silicone to create movement in the splash. (Photo 8) Set them aside to dry and get ready for the next step.
Once you get your area ready for the next step, your splashes should be dry enough to continue. When they are, grab your gloss gel medium, old brush and your splashes. (Photo 9) Dip your splashes in the gel medium, swirl them around and then pull them out. (Photo 10) Take your brush and remove most of the excess medium and then set the splashes aside to dry. (Photo 11 & 12)

With your splashes drying, let’s go back to your water base. . .
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    "Photo 5"
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    "Photo 6"
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    "Photo 7"
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    "Photo 8"
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    "Photo 9"
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    "Photo 10"
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    "Photo 11"
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    "Photo 12"

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About Kenny Loup (gator)

I was the kid that his dad would say "Hey, there's a war movie on." and come running. As a kid, I dived head first into military history. We would always have to stop at the USS Alabama on our way to Florida. I also got to visit the Seawolf Park and the Alamo on vacation, too. All things I want ...


Umm... not seeing anything here Mark... easy on the rum there matey
JUN 17, 2007 - 05:35 AM
Umm... not seeing anything here Mark... easy on the rum there matey[/quote] Darn html tag... Thanks for the heads up, brother Tarok!
JUN 17, 2007 - 08:26 AM
Nice technique, "yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum"
JUN 17, 2007 - 10:57 AM
Disclaimer: No bodily injuries were inflicted during the making of the wood base. Just for you Jake.
JUN 17, 2007 - 01:24 PM
Hey Kenny, excellent technique and article, I book marked as I'm hoping to do this over the summer. One question, in the last stage, making the wakes. What and how are the blended into the water. Did you smooth them in and how does the brightness of the white blend in. Thanks.. Joe
JUN 17, 2007 - 03:51 PM
Hey Joe, I got back with my paints an blend them in to the surrounding colors. When making the wakes, I wet the brush with water to blend it into the base. Hope this helps.
JUN 18, 2007 - 12:16 AM
Thanks for the info Ken. I especially like the "splash" effects. As we say in Florida, Go Gator!
JUL 09, 2007 - 01:11 PM
Thank you guys.
JUL 09, 2007 - 02:15 PM