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Chief Nut Maker
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A quick wash of black paint will get the ballast darker, you can use as many coats as you need to get the effect you want.
 

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I use a wash of Acrylic (just cheapo artists type in tubes) thinned down with water.

Once the ballast is down and dry, a wash over with a large brush, you made need to adjust the thickness of the wash or add more coats to get the finish you want.

What I like about this method is it gives a more random finish to the colour of the ballast, you can also mix in some washes of dark brown.

Obviously cleaning off the railhead as you go.

I usually paint the sides of my rail before I do this and don't worry about the wash going over the sleepers as it adds to the effect.
 
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