Heartfelt thanks to all for the positive comments, I was quite ill for a while (one major thing followed another!) but I'm settled and back to work now.
Your kind words have given me the confidence to continue in mu bold efforts
For those of you that have commented on the water, this is how I did it:
The first thing I did was to paint the base with suitable brown-ey green colours. At this stage it looks a bit naff and I was wondering what the hell I could do to get the water frothing effect. It took a few weeks but when I was tidying up my studio I found an old tub of GW Snow. Eureka moment! I drew very carefully around the figures (already painted) and then put Blue-tak in the places where the mini's would fit. It was just a case of filling the spaces around where the mini's would eventually be sitting and removing the Blue-tak (not as easy as it sounds- don't press the Blue-tak into the surface too much as I did!). I added a bit more of the snow and PVA mix where I thought the water would froth as Gonzaga et al crashed into the river and left it to set for a day.
The next part was actually the easiest! I used Vallejo Water Texture and this was applied with a thin Starbucks stirrer. I just made sure that I added a little more Water Texture than I might on a slow flowing river and modelled it with the stirrer.
There are some work in process shots on my blog here:
Splashing Through the River Taro:
http://gewalthaufen.blogspot.co.uk/2013 ... -taro.html
Gonzaga Crossing the River Taro Vignette II
http://gewalthaufen.blogspot.co.uk/2014 ... nette.html
Gonzaga Crossing the River Taro Vignette III (Final Chapter).
http://gewalthaufen.blogspot.co.uk/2014 ... te_15.html
I hope that helps if anyone wants to give it a go? Let me know if you need to know more.