Base paint color

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  1. douglasarcher

    douglasarcher New Member

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    Well, it's been a very long time, but I finally got to it and was able to find a suitable mixture between plaster of paris, water, and vinegar. Paper towels were also used. The attached picture is the result. I made the hill higher than originally. I would like to have a rock face (sort of what it looks like when you cut through a section of mountain). What I have now does not look like a rock face at all. Any tips on how to carve the plaster or leave marks in a way that it will look like a rock cliff? Once I get that out of the way then I'll try my luck at painting it.

    Thanks for all your tips.

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  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Sedimentary rock cuts are easy to do. Spread a thin layer of plaster / joint compound / spackle on the face, and let it set up for a bit. When it is firm, simply slash across it to create the layers of rock. You will want small vertical breaks as well to make it look as if the horizontal layers have split / are not entirely continuous.

    Here is a link to an article on a diorama I did including this technique:

    http://www.ovar.ca/Articles/BatchelorDiorama/small_diorama_kick.htm

    If you want to do metamorphic/igneous rock (like granite for example) your best bet is probably rock molds.

    Andrew
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    douglasarcher New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    This will be my last post on this topic and I would like to thank everyone and I mean everyone for all the advice given. I was finally able to combine all your input and have finally created my first hill in colors that I can be proud of. A picture is attached. I just have to add some vegetation, but I think I have the hang of this now and am really on my way to model railroading.

    Thanks

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  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Hi Douglas,

    Don't make it your last post! We want to see the final result with the vegetation and everything... :)

    Looks great so far - the colours are impressive :thumb:

    Glad we could help. Looking forward to more pictures.

    Andrew
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    If you learned everything on how you did your hill from this thread, I gotta go back and reread it again! :thumb:
  6. Tileguy

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    Nice Job Douglas, you really got the shade variations looking natural.When doing ground cover think several very light layers to gain that same subtle shade Variation.
    Once everthing is affixed give the entire thing a weathering wash, let dry and hit lightly with dullcote to eliminate any fixitive sheen......TA DA!! :)
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    ezdays Out AZ way

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    Looks good. As the others said, put a bit of greenery around and you got youself a winner..
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    douglasarcher New Member

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    Hello,

    It's been quiet a while since I've been able to do much on my model railroad. for those of you who are interested here's a picture of my progress after adding a small trackside pond and some trees. "Everything" used here including grass, water, road bed, etc was made using ideas found throughout this website ! Hope you think it looks alright. I think it does.

    Douglas

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  9. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Hi Douglas,

    Welcome back!

    Your layout looks great. The rockwork is very convincin, and I like the stream/ditch between the tracks. Trees look good too. Any chance of more pictures?

    Andrew
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    douglasarcher New Member

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    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for the comments. Much appreciated from a newbie like myself. My layout is actually a 5x10 layout and nothing has been done on the rest of the layout as far as scenery because the corner shown is my "learning corner" where I take all of your guys' hints and advice and use it to experiment until I get something I like before moving on to other sections and believe it or not I try everything you guys recommend. At least everything that I can considering I'm not able to purchase a lot of the things you guys are using (I'm in Thailand). I have been working on this corner for almost 1 year (just compare with my initial photo and you'll see what I mean) ! so, thanks to everyone who followed this thread and offered advice.

    Douglas