Despite the positive comments I received about the initial weathering on the station building both here and over on RMWeb, I decided that it just wasn't right for what I wanted. Maybe it was seeing both the real thing and other modeller's treatment of the same sort of soot-stained stonework, but it just didn't do it for me, so I painted over it all again with a light sandstone colour, then over a period of a couple of days washed over a lighter mix to represent the mortar and once dry, dry brushed over the soot colour. This wasn't right either.
So, having seen an alternative method over on RMWeb, I painted it sandstone all over (at this stage, I'd got paint all over the windows, so they had to come out). then washed over with a watery mix of black and red with a drop of washing up liquid.. Hmm - this didn't look quite as required...so once again, I worked up several washes of the mortar mix and then set to heavily weathering the stonework.. This time it seemed to go quite well, and I was pretty pleased with it....until of course, I then decided it had gone too far and looked too black
|you can just see on the right the very dark weathering. At this stage, with the windows removed, it looked more like a bombed and burnt out wreck|
|more failed stonework painting|
So this weekend, has seen a renewed effort in guttering and roof tiling. I've now almost finished tiling the main building (having already finished and painted the right bay), with just the left bay to finish up.
Since removing the windows, I've developed a slightly better technique for making the windows, giving a little more relief. This time the frames are to be painted cream, so I 'll be making each window up from 6 layers of self adhesive vinyl, then spraying with undercoat and painting them cream, before attaching them to the acetate... It's quite time consuming, but they'll be the very last thing installed this time (after the 89th version of the Stone is complete ;) )
|The roof, almost finished (well apart from ridge tiles, and flashing adjustments) Also showing another initial stone base layer on the front elevation|
One final bit I managed over the weekend too - you see on the left hand side of the steps, that little white stone cap? Four weeks ago, I knocked the model whilst getting it off the shelf, that stone cap flew off and disappeared..I've only just got round to cutting and gluing on a new one :)
I'm actually driving myself slowly mad with this project, and goodness knows how I'm going to attack the canopies!!! :) But, and this is the important bit, I'm still enjoying it immensely.