My research on Contested river crossings in the Seventeenth Century has convinced me I need some fords. Actually I need more river crossings in general, but I have some bridges and no fords. So I felt I had to correct that.
I have a bunch of 4″ wide river sections designed by Mark Strachan from when he worked for Military Miniatures (the company that morphed into BattleFront and then launched Flames of War). These are simple and robust models that have lasted me nearly 30 years. They appear every time I need a river rather than a stream. For example …
Making a ford
I have a couple of bridges for this river, but The trouble is I lack a ford. Time to rectify that.
I cut out a bit of MDF to the same same as one of the straight river sections. Then I drew on lines for the edge of the banks.
Next up I added milliput banks and the ford itself – small islands across the river.
I checked with some of the existing sections to ensure the banks were the right height and width.
Sand was next: I glued sand over all the milliput.
And finally I painted the river. It took a bit of mucky around to match the blue but I got close to the original colour.
Mark Strachan made his water bumpy. I guess to reflect movement over stones or something. So I did the same. In my case I used Acrylicos Vallejo 200 ml Water Effect – Transparent Water. Again, I got close to the original effect.
The colour match isn’t exact, but nobody will notice once the game starts.