I had a bunch of Battlefield in a Box Rivers lying around that weren't seeing much action so I decided to convert them to Muddy Vietnamese Rivers for use with my Vietnam War table.
|Battlefield in a Box River Sections|
Although they snaked the Battlefield in a Box pieces I had would only flow to opposite ends of the table. In order to allow for more variety I cut one of the sections into smaller pieces to allow the river to flow if different directions.
The next step was to paint the blue sections of the rivers in a brown earth colour as a base for the still water I was going to pour.
|Vallejo Still Water|
Given that I wanted to go with a stilled effect I chose to use Vallejo Still Water. This stuff flows very easily and is a minimal mess, no fuss product. There are plenty of instructional how to videos on you tube showing its use.
|I added a small mix of these paints to the Still Water|
A small amount of paint was added to the Still Water mix.
I went with a 90% Provincial Beige, 5% Burnt Umber, 5% Raw Sienna mix.
|The River left to dry. The ends were taped before pouring the Still Water.|
The ends of the rivers were taped and a thin layer of the still water was poured. I let this dry for 24 hours and then did a second thin pour.
|The finished river sections with flock added to the banks.|
The rivers were left 24 hours to fully dry. They were cleaned up and flock added to the banks. I have avoided adding grass tufts at this stage as the river sections will be stored on top of each other.
The Finished Product
|Long grass, bushes and trees will be added along side the river as needed.|
|The river sections are flexible enough to be placed on small rises.|
|They are also weighty enough to sink into the teddy bear fur mat.|
|Rivers are always handy as Vietnamese villages were usually located nearby.|
|Heading up river|