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entry 6 Jun 2018, 13:21
Finally got all of my plaster cloth down after a restful sojourn in my home away from home in Japan, knee deep in powdery snow.



So I got to work laying down some base colour and texture on the plaster, for a couple of reasons. Firstly to start to bring it to life, but secondly to prevent the plaster from starting to flake away and break down. Rather than faffing about with additives I went with a premixed textured paint, in this case sandstone effect. Yes it costs a little more, but a one litre tin did this whole layout with recoat and probably 20% left. Sandstone was the finest grain texture they had, which worked well for N scale. Unfortunately because it's designed to match the rock it only comes in one colour. Would've been nice to be able to add a tint. However, that colour basically matched the colour of MDF and plywood, so it did provide an immediate sense of "wow". Ignore the first attempt near the paint tin, once I got the hang of it the end effect is a nice, even grainy surface.




I did one full layer of the paint and then spot double layer where the plaster cloth was still showing any holes. It really gives you a sense of getting somewhere towards the terraforming completion. It went from a full on Siberian winter scene to Desert Storm in about an hour.





Once dried I then have started adding some colour, sponging on firstly a light brown, and then a dark green/brown. I'm very pleased with the results so far, even though it's just a beginning. The sponged effect over the textured paint has given a real depth to the ground form. Don't forget, you won't see hardly any of the ground in the final product, so perfection is not required. I think I will add another one or two shades of base colour before then applying any appropriate groundcovers. I have left the urban areas clear at the moment as I think they are less likely to have that grainy textured feel. I will build that up as I determine exactly what's going where. Likewise the river is left untouched because that will require special treatement. But track laying is next on the list... Sometimes you do something quite simple and you feel like you have made a massive leap forward.




 
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