As things were moving towards a conclusion it was time to get the base ready. Watercolour paper was glued to the base plinth and the whole lot varnished and the sea colour was painted.
As this is an icebreaker, it seemed appropriate to set the model in an icy sea. I had been intrigued by photos of “pancake ice” and decided to try and replicate this.
Drips from a wax candle were dropped onto aluminium foil. This took a bit of practice to get enough drips of a reasonable size for the “pancakes”. Photos of this type of ice show a raised edge which I tried to replicate with white acrylic paint, but when these were tried on the sea base, the contrast between the white paint, the slightly greyish wax and the dark sea looked very odd, so I toned it down with light grey paint.