Making a Jungle River – Part 1



By: Kitbasha Jay

This week we’re going to build some more terrain on the blog. Last week we built a large amount of Jungle Trees to complement the Jungle Terrain Series that you can watch on the Encounter Wargaming YouTube Channel right now and for the next few Tuesdays. So let’s start building a river.

We’ll start by cutting some random rectangles of foamcore the lengths and width we want our river to be. For the one I’m building I decided on 5″ wide. For the lengths I made a variety at 12″, 14″, 16″ and 18″ long. By starting them all as 5″ wide rectangles it ensures that when I cut them into rough shapes they will still line up with one another. The next step is to take your knife and just run it over the long edges of each rectangle to create a squiggly line as an edge.

Pro Tip: When you start your knife don’t cut into the very end of the piece. As long as you leave both ends at 5″ it doesn’t matter what width other parts of the piece are. So long as the ends are all uniform they will all be interchangeable and not look weird or disproportionate to one another.

Once you have all your bases you have to build up the banks so that it somewhat appears that the river is recessed into the ground. I did this by running 3 beads of Latex Caulking along the edges of each piece. I then used my thumb to taper the edges down to make them appear more gradual. The picture below is what they will look like.

Caulking Banks

Once our caulking has dried we’re going to whip out our spackle. Just like we did on the bases of our trees last week, we’re going to build up the banks and cover as much of the foam edges as we can with spackling. Just make sure to taper the banks down toward the middle of the river. Also make sure that the outside banks have a nice bevel on them. I also added some large rocks down the center of a few of the river pieces before adding the sand.

When the spackle is dry it’s time to cover these pieces in playground sand. Take some PVA glue and paint the entirety of the piece and then sprinkle sand on every inch of them. We want the same dirt below the stream as is surrounding the stream. We’re not going to tint the resin we use as water so we want the sand under the water to be the same as elsewhere.

Once the playground sand was dry it was time to start painting them. I started as per usual with a satin espresso rust paint. This gives the piece a nice deep brown colour to build up from. It being rust paint it also covers quickly with little paint and seals the sand in nicely. From this basecoat we can start painting them with our acrylics.

Tomorrow on the blog we’ll paint the pieces to match the other pieces I’ve done for this table. If you want to check out the other blog posts check out these links.

Building a Bunker Part 1
Building a Bunker Part 2
Building Jungle Trees Part 1
Building Jungle Trees Part 2
Building Jungle Trees Part 3

If you like these and want to see the tutorials in video format follow along with the Jungle Terrain Series over the next few Tuesdays. While your on the Channel page make sure to hit subscribe if you haven’t yet. There will be plenty of terrain in our future.

Until our next Encounter!

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