I recently finished a set of rivers for my Flames of War table. I made the rivers out of 1/8” medium density fibreboard, glue, sand, rocks, and a bit of balsa wood. The rivers will add some variety to my Flames of War tables.
I built these rivers in September and just painted them recently. It only took me an hour or so to paint them. I’m not sure why I took so long to finish them. I built them by cutting different shapes from 1/8” MDF with a jigsaw. I used a compound mitre saw to cut a few pieces for angled sections. I then covered the edges with wood glue and sand. I used sand, rock, and some wall filler spackle to create areas for fords.
|Lots of places to ford. I dislike terrain that is too restrictive.|
|You can see the slight warping here.|
I painted the rivers by painting them dark blue and then airbrushing the lighter blue colour along the edges. I used a few coats of Triple Thick Varnish (from Michael’s) to create the glossy finish on the water. I used to use Woodland Scenics Water Effects. It gives a great look but it isn’t as durable. The Triple Thick Varnish is very durable but still can get scratches. After some storage the pieces have warped a little and so I will have to paint the bottoms to try and restore the correct shape to them.
|Or just take the bridge. Must build more bridges!|
I added lots of fords to the river sections so that they are not too limiting in games. There is nothing worse than not really being able to cross a river in a game. I have one bridge already and need to build another one. In games, rivers can be pretty annoying for my tanks but they do add an extra element to the table without restricting shooting lanes. I often dislike rivers when I am attacking but I really love how water features look.
In total, there are 7 and a half feet or so of rivers and one lake. There is plenty to fill up a gaming table but unfortunately I did not build quite enough for two tables!
I hope you enjoyed seeing these. I have tons of terrain I have painted in the last several months that I just haven't gotten around to posting. Check back soon for some more terrain and something non-Flames of War... Thanks for visiting!