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Weathering the Dock...


Paul Robertson

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Started on the dockside weathering today to try and make the plain painted balsa look a little more like concrete and a little less like, well painted balsa! 

 

Firstly I wanted to mark out the tide lines. 3no 5mm bands would allow for different colour banding on the base of the Dock wall. 

 

Then the concrete bays were added with black liner pen. 

 

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(black lining on the Docks) 

 

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(the three tide bands marked on in pencil) 

 

The first colour to go on was a well watered down black base layer having first reviewed a few concrete Dock photos. 

 

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(watery Black first tide line.) 

 

Following that a watered down brown then green layer were also added

 

I then added a load of rust colours around the concrete and over the linings to distress it all a bit. 

 

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(tide marks complete and plenty of rusty streaks. Hopefully I haven't overdone it and my Linkspan structure won't be condemned with concrete cancer!) 

 

Having done that I did a bit of rusty distressing on the concrete over bridge that was looking a bit too neat. 

Here are some images below showing the current state of play

 

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(nearly ready for water) 

 

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I want to do some more Indian ink distressing but generally happy with the result so far

 

Thanks for reading

 

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Your dockside painting looks as good as John Wiffen's photo texture versions on his downloadable dockside walls - nicely done!

 

Mental note to self - concrete dock walls for train ferry dock on my layout to distinguish from older dock walls!

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29 minutes ago, SteveyDee68 said:

Your dockside painting looks as good as John Wiffen's photo texture versions on his downloadable dockside walls - nicely done!

 

Mental note to self - concrete dock walls for train ferry dock on my layout to distinguish from older dock walls!

Many thanks. The nice thing about painting is if you don't like it you can just paint over it again. This took about 3 coats to get the 'right' grey that I was happy with. I had thought about downloading some of John Wiffen's work but thought I'd give painting a go first as concrete is generally just a stained grey with some movement joints. If I mucked it up I could always stick paper over the top! I drew the line at old Victorian brickwork though which was just to small for my eyes so bought some brick paper for the viaduct and old tunnel mouth. 

 

I really wanted the layout to have that feel of layered history to the engineering from the original late 19th century brickwork, 1930's architectural regeneration, and then late 20th century rebuild of the dock infrastructure. For modern layouts I think it helps to build the fictional backstory into the fabric of the layout to add realism. 

 

 

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