Get the right colour
With the water feature constructed below baseboard level and the bank smoothed out with plaster, a few coats of acrylic paints will seal the porous surface and provide an undercoat for the pond bed scatters. Make sure you use darker colours towards the centre to create depth.
Consider a water feature like any other scene and make it as detailed as you can. Don’t forget reeds and rushes in the shallow water, stones and rocks in the deeper water and, if you’re modelling an urban setting, the odd discarded shopping trolley. Fix all your detailing features in place with PVA glue.
Gently pour your chosen water fluid onto the baseboard and let it run into the corners. Be sure that the baseboards are laid flat when doing this to ensure the ‘water’ only goes where it’s meant to. Always pour thin layers and allow each to dry before adding the next.
Keep the dust at bay
When happy that all is well and there are no air bubbles, cover the pond - I used a box lid - and leave well alone for 24 hours. If ripple effects are desired, wait around 9 hours before gently teasing the surface with a clean toothbrush.
Get the gear
You can mimic rocks and stones at the bottom of a river, pond or lake using fine, sieved sand. Woodland Scenics Talus will offer great visual variety and there are various shades and grades available. £4.25. Availability: Bachmann stockists.