Saturday, November 20, 2010
I am finishing up applying dirt collected from the real location in Montana. Once the glue has dried completely (overnight), I will apply static grass to the hills to blend into the background painting.
Here I have matched the real stone patterns and colors (on the left) to plaster rock castings (the two smaller pieces to the right) The plaster was white to begin with. I used acrylic paint washes. There are several stages to this replication so I documented the color palette / ratios and instructions as seen in the photograph of my notebook. The procedures for painting foam were a bit different than that of plaster, but very similar.
Friday, November 12, 2010
This area was dusted with real clay dirt collected from Owenyo, California. The color matches well with the backdrop painting and lends to the illusion of depth.
Here you can see the heavy gauge line used for "tear away" cords. These will be useful when the project is moved to a new location in the future. These cords are hidden in the surface of the scenery and will be used to separate the scenery sections.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
This is a neat area that Dave Hikel (Hikel O-Gauge Trains) designed for the On3.
I really have enjoyed building the scenery on this corner of the layout. Being surrounded by the beautiful
backdrop painting (by Andy Eccleshall). I feel very fortunate that Dave offered me the opportunity to work with him
on the scenery of this 3000 sq.ft. 3-rail / O-gauge model railroad.