A little while ago I picked up one of these wee beasties for my Warmachine Cryx army:
It's a mean piece of resin and lead and I really wanted to put something extra into the base to make it stand out. Luckily the 120mm diameter base is a reasonably sized canvas!
I'd seen examples on the web of the Kraken clambering over docks, wrecked ships etc which fitted some of the fluff but the big unveiling in the fiction is at the battle of Thornwood - not many ships or docks nearby...
This gave me the mental image of the Kraken pushing its way through trees, over steams. And the magpie was engaged!
I started off with a couple of pics taken on walks with the kids to get some idea of the effect I wanted to achieve. I originally intended to have the river bed dry as I han't played with water effects before and was finding it a little daunting! Half way through that changed and I took the plunge.
some river pics:
when I took these I was really looking at the rocks on the banks and in the water to try to get an idea of texture and what would look right.
next was onto the base:
I got a first coat of paint and a quick dry brush to get a feel for how the texture had taken the started adding some more details. the grey blobs are holes made by the feet of the Kraken. there are a couple of extra to give the impression that this hundred ton beast had been striding through the forest on stilettos - it's going to leave some dents! The river bed also got another coat of texture gel to use as an adhesive for the river rocks.
after pondering and painting something else, I decided to go with the water effect. I posted a few noob questions on the Oz Painters facebook group and got some really useful tips. As I wanted to put a reasonable depth of water on the model I had to make sure I went for something with very low shrinkage and had little risk of yellowing. The concensus seemed to be a craft resin used by jewellery makers. As luck would have it, my local Spotlight had some of this:
Affter leaving if for another 24 hours to really set, I then lightly sanded the edges with some very fine wet/dry paper (add a small amount of soap to the grit to get a really smooth finish)
Going back to my reference pics, one thing that jumps out is that the water is not very smooth in real life. even a relatively still body of water will have some ripples and I wanted a babbling stream. Back the Oz Painters group and one thread later I was on Youtube watching this:making ripples . Great! now to get some Gloss Gel medium. this took some tracking down but I eventually found it in Whitcoulls of all places! I was working on a smaller surface than the guy in the vid so I made my own tools out of 3mm styrene:
Next update will be my nearly finished Impetus army! guess who got a couple of days at home with the kids ;o)