I was looking at some stuff today & saw these.
I thought of you.
Dunno how cold it's gonna get at Kittom.
If it goes sub-zero these might come in handy !
Those are great!!I saved the picture in my winter modeling ideas file. One of the beautiful sights here in Tennessee are the frozen "waterfalls" of ice and icicles arising from seeping water working its way through limestone and coming out on the cliff faces. I am looking to model this and these neat items from Busch may be perfect.
I took a 12 day break from construction on the mini layout as we had two very special house guests. Father Emery Menard and Father Andre Augustin from our "twinned" St Jules Parish and Clinic in Haiti.
Of course, we did have some fun running my other mini layout "Ti Neg La" an On30 sugar cane hauler set in 1920 Haiti.
Here is the site of the Haiti train if you are interested.
Okay. Time for the fun stuff. Let's do some rock painting.
But first, a disclaimer. This is the first time for me to use spray paint in coloring scenery.
As I mentioned at the beginning of the story I wanted to experiment with all new scenery
techniques on this mini layout. I learned about painting foam from this nice Internet video and thought I would give it a whirl.
As I learned, you have to use spray paint that is compatible with Styrofoam or so called "craft foam."
So I went to Hobby Lobby to get craft spray paint. I did have an anal sphincter tightening
moment when the nice clerk at Hobby Lobby said, “you should never use spray paint on
Styrofoam”.......... Even though it said it could be used on the can.
So I use an old modeler’s trick and experimented on a piece of scrap foam first. As you can see in the lower part of the pictures. It did not devolve into a blue blob so I knew I could proceed.
The first step is to spray on Black pigment. I elected to use Woodland Scenics Black pigment.
I mixed it with a little water and dish washing detergent and sprayed it on in the areas of
the mini that were meant to represent rocks.
After letting it dry overnight it was time to get out the "craft foam safe" spray paint and
paint the rocks. Interestingly, a variety of colors, including yellow, were used to paint the
rocks. Some of the spray paint I used also had texture that gave the model a crumbling
I am happy to report that the blue foam did not dissolve and I think I have a fair
representation of Sandstone and Limestone.
Time for a little more color. The hills around here, as I noted earlier, are composed of limestone capped by sandstone.
It was time to bring some color to the sandstone I had carved from the blue foam. I dry brushed on umber,a variety of browns, orange and white.This was all blended by an India ink wash to try and represent sandstone rocks and ledges.
The tan brown areas on the layout are where "the forest floor" will be affixed later.
Let me know what you think.
In a few days I'll start working on some highlights on the limestone.
Last edited on Wed Sep 28th, 2016 01:03 am by Doctor G