Thursday, 1 October 2015

Palace Gardens - making the fountain

The outline sketch of the fountain and adjoining water ponds.
 The initial layout; side ponds will have a clear plastic surface and a central section using an up-turned table top (from an old Barbie Doll accessory)
 The central section initial build, water spouts from some plastic animal heads, the central pyramid is a small Italeri tank trap which will will hold a detachable fountain jet.
Central section with its initial paint job and the side ponds don ...

The central section completed

how I did the water effects:
- to do the side ponds the baseboard was painted an off shade of blue with a stippled wash of mid-grey with some thin clear plastic on top (stuck round the edges)
- for the central section
  • the circular area is a light wash of blue paint stippled with a large brush and left to dry with a three generous coats of acrylic gloss varnish on top. 
  • the water from the spouts is made a bit of plastic plant stem painted blue and white plus with some gloss varnish 
  • the bits trickling into the ponds are a small piece of clear plastic with a wash of blue paint and some white paint to indicate movement
  • water ripple effects - painted thin white in broken circles and then some gloss varnish on top
The central fountain jet has been made from a piece of thin wire with some thread and blobs of glue and will be painted white with a coat of gloss varnish - this will be in the next post.


  1. Most excellent, indeed!!! Bill

  2. These gardens get better and better.

  3. What an interesting post and wonderful fountain!

  4. Another delightful piece of modelling.

  5. Yours has to be the most splendid palace and grounds in the ImagiNations! Very nice work there.

  6. Looks excellent.. I was consdiering a fountain but creating the water effects put me off..seeing how you have done it gives me the solution .....

  7. Great blog and wonderful terrain.