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I don't think I've started a layout thread before, and if I have, I've forgotten where it is.
After a very long period, I've finally got to the stage of doing some scenery. The first part is a combined cutting / embankment which will disguise the curve at one end of the layout and the entry to the lower level storage loops.
Following some brief research into the geology of West Yorkshire and more research for photos of cuttings in the area, I found a good selection on the "Lost railways of West Yorkshire" website. There were plenty of colour photos of cuttings and tunnels. Almost all of them were stone faced, so my first task was to find some embossed plastic sheet that gave a good impression of the rough cut stone used. I did not find anything that was exactly what I wanted, but the Southeast Finecast FBS 417 sheet came the closest so this is what I've used in my first experiments.
The first impression I had from the cutting photos was that there seemed to be a lot different colours of stone used so I scoured the paint stands at shows and came away with Railmatch 606 GWR Light Stone, Railmatch 607 GWR Dark Stone, Railmatch 319 Desert Sand, Humbrol 121 and Pheonix M116 Middle Stone. I cut a piece of sheet to shape and painted it with the 606 as a base coat. I then used all the rest of the paints to pick out individual stones before using a diluted Black / Tamiya matt flesh mix for mortar and weathering. It ended up looking like this:-
Then I checked it against the photos and realised that I had far too many colours. All was not lost as I could see that the Humbrol 121 and Railmatch 606 would probably provide a good combination. So a base coat of 121, 606 highlights, more weathering but with white instead of matt flesh and we get these two photos:
I had thought that the weathering / mortar on the left was overdone, but in the photo it looks better than the centre part, so I'll give it another go tomorrow night. Once that's done there will be further weathering with powders which have yet to be purchased. I think I will probably leave that until the wall is in place.
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