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Re: water for a diorama
As Darian suggested, I would use CLEAR GLOSS acrylic gel medium - it's white in the jar but dries clear. This is not the cheapest method, but there are cheaper brands than Liquitex, especially if your local artist's supply store has a store brand. Paint the surface of the base an appropriate blue (or green) color, then apply the acrylic gel -DON'T PAINT OVER THE ACRYLIC - it will look much more realistic if you don't. Since you are doing a harbor scene the water will be fairly flat and still, so not much depth will be needed. Only a couple of millimeters is necessary. Apply with a wide soft brush. Place your ship models before the gel sets up - the gel acts as an excellent glue! Try it out with a single ship base first.
Depend the scale, I have used aluminum foil for 1/700 and Liquitex Gel Medium for 1/350. To go really cheap plaster can be used.
what is the most effect and cheapest way to lay down water for a 4x4 harbor diorama
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