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Designing the samurai pond

2019-07-31 by David

This design has been a whole lot of fun to create, and fit in as many cool little details as possible! The goal was to create a 12.5cm diameter ornamental pond, which could be resized up to double the size and still look convincing.

£ This is the pond scaled to 100% size, giving us a diameter of approximately 12.5cm. Most of the surrounding banks are edged with rocks, and three grass/dirt mounds strategically spaced between them complete the watertight sides.


The idea is that you could paint up the surface of the pond as water, with maybe a coat of gloss varnish, or you could go one step further and pour in 1 or 2mm of clear water effects or resin to give it even more depth.

£ To that end, many of the accessories are designed to be partially submerged in water - the koi carp fish and turtles are sliced to only show the top half above the water surface.


The pond set will come with a movable 'island' that can be shuffled about to fit whatever size of pond you print, and allow you to connect two bridges together naturally, or even lead to a path of stepping stones across the water.

£ One tiny detail that's easy to miss is this ninja head, hiding in the reeds at the side. This is just a little fun extra, and should look great under a thin layer of clear water effects, breathing through his airpipe.


The lilypads can be placed on top of any water effects you choose to add.


Printed photos coming tomorrow!



Tags: samurai  design 


Torsten Sattler
2019-07-31 (Wed) 20:19PM

Another really impressive design from you.
Can´t wait to see the pictures from the painted model.

2019-08-01 (Thu) 1:17AM

Very cool piece of terrain to add to this line. I really like the Koi and the extra depth for a resin pour. Thats very thoughtful.

David (3DAlienWorlds)
2019-08-01 (Thu) 9:42AM

Thanks for the feedback, guys! That's what keeps me making more.... :)

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