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Creating Water From Foil

Step 13…

Get the white paint and a short stiff brush. I use Vallejo white and an old brush (image also shows the Deep Ocean paint used as the offset color).

The white is used in two ways: 1.) to create foam on the wake and churned water, and 2.) to add highlights to the wave crests.
Very lightly dry brush the entire surface to help bring out the wave pattern.

Add more dry brush layers where the water is churned up more or is choppy-- areas such as the wake and aft of the ship. You'll notice that this works in conjunction with the previous offset color.

It's okay to have the white hit the sides of the hull as it adds to the foam effect. This is also why this method utilizes the glue/paint mixture instead of something like pre-colored gel. More depth is achieved by building up the foam around the ship instead of being stuck with just one solid white gel color surrounding the entire ship.

If you end up making a mistake and adding in a little too much white, simply dry brush some of the offset color over the area and blend the white back down, or even make it disappear and start over.

After you're done with the water effect, finish building your ship as you normally would, it's very similar to launching a hull and then completing and commissioning the ship. After you see the completed ship, it may change the dynamic of the scene, so dry brush the colors until they're at a stage you like.
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About the Author

About Dade W. Bell (Karybdis)

I'm a third generation modeler who builds a little of everything (mostly Japanese)- all while being a 45 year old hermit who lives a happy, simple life, with my fiancée (author Jaclyn Dolamore) and three cats. My father was an MM3 aboard the USS Saratoga (CVA-60), my grandfather was in one of the...


FEB 22, 2009 - 03:13 AM
Looks a heck of a lot easier, safer, and cheaper than resin. I may have to try that with the pibber build I'm doing. Thanks for the heads up Jim!!
FEB 22, 2009 - 05:24 AM
Nice technique and nicely presented. I think I might just ahve to give this a try! (after about a bazallion models on the ways already)
FEB 27, 2009 - 11:59 AM
If anyone knows, does the foil keep its shape better after all the paint, glue, and clearcoats are applied or will you just have to be very gentle with the display from that point onward?
DEC 18, 2011 - 09:34 AM
What a great idea Jim, As Ed said,looks a lot easier than the resin and everything else I've tried. Thanks Tom
DEC 19, 2011 - 11:07 AM