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Making a Calm Sea Water-base

After allowing about 24 hours drying time, I fill the gap the gap between the frame and base board with white glue and then I primed the whole assembly using a fine primer usually used for figure painting. I had nothing else at hand and it worked out fine. It took only about 30 minutes to dry so I could start to paint the sea-base colors quickly.

First I painted the holes that I made in the foam base using scenery blue. Then I added a few dark blue areas to break up the uniform blue. I made sure that the color got into every recess on the surface.

I let this dry before adding blue-gray all over, making sure that this color would NOT go into the recesses. This is easily achieved by making sure to use the paint undiluted right from their tubes.

I didn’t let the gray dry fully before adding consecutively lighter shades of gray, with a tint of green in a dry-brushing method that would only allow the paint to stick to the most elevated parts of the surface. Tiny bits of darker shade were added to the wakes of the running boat.

About the Author

About Guido Hopp (Tailor)

Too old to be young. Too young to be old. Happily married, one son. Living just North of the German Ruhr area . Trying to concentrate on ship models, but having way too many soft spots for other fields of interest. Please remember: Vee Jermans hef no sense of humor (at least Dave of WEM says so) ...


very good to see how someone else might tackle this subject, and very well explained, and executed by Guido. Thank you. Peter F
APR 08, 2010 - 01:36 AM
Very well done and illustrated, this is an instant bookmark! Thanks for taking the time to put this together; will add it to my list of water-bases to try! cheers
APR 12, 2010 - 02:04 AM
Nice walk trough - thanks, lots of inspiration. Cheers/Jan
APR 12, 2010 - 03:27 AM