I have been working on several projects, the most time consuming is a 3 part tutorial on making trees for dioramas for a military diorama and modelling club, but also I have been making trees and small sections for a model railroad layout that also takes a lot of my time. In between these projects I have also been remodelling the river bank, I am just now getting the final seals on the edge so it is water proof. Even though I use Magic Water, it is still a liquid when I pour it and it is a lot harder to clean up then water when it leaks out of the river!
At the same time I have decided to shorten and remove most of the long grass, for those of you who don't remember or have not followed the posts I have made it was going to be a scrub scene with chital and black buck on the edge of a forest. The thing is I started making so many tropical forest type trees and plants that now it is a rain forest type scene along a small river or creek flowing through it. Here was the center of the diorama as it was before the start of this new look,[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
and here is that same area, it is a close up but you can see the long grass has been mostly removed and the foliage has been clumped together like an unattended, overgrown garden might look.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
These are two wider shots of the same area, in the back of the second photo you can see the new tree I made, it is not any particular species like so many that I do make, but it is the finished tree from the tutorial that I wrote.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.][You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Here is a photo of the old rivers edge,[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
and this is what the new river will look like, I am still in the process of changing everything over, most but not all of the reeds are in place, and I have just started putting the grass and algae that will edge the rock and sand bank, but the photos show the general look.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
When the river is done the whole left bank will be about 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) higher and there will be a sandy beach about 1/2 way down the photo in front of the large rock that is back away from the edge. There will be sand, dirt and short grass that will blend into the forest all the way up to the back of the rocks making up the new bank. I am also going to have lotus, red water lilies and water lettuce growing along the banks, still a lot of work to go so look for some more posts and photos later in the summer/fall...