The cottage and barn are almost finished but I've still to decide on the cottage garden. Is it to be a pretty cottage garden or more of a plain garden suitable for a working farm cottage? At the moment I'm thinking more towards the latter.
also been trying to get the right finish for the hard standing around
the wharf sidings. I've only seen one picture in colour of one wharf, the rest have been black and white. All pictures give the
impression that the ground cover was compacted earth while the colour
photo indicates a light brown colour. Getting an acceptable texture and
colour has proved to be a bit tricky. After deciding on using Gordon
Gravett's method for the road surface I thought I'd continue the theme
and use his method for the ground cover. I spent some time
trialling different mixes of Humbrol Gloss paint, 40 (Pale Grey), 10 (Service Brown) & 6 (Tan)
covered in Talcum Powder. Once I'd decided on a mix I had great
difficulty in reproducing the trials on the layout. The results were
awful, possibly due to the trials being on plasticard but on the layout I was applying the paint to DAS. More trials continued using DAS as a base, but again when applied to the layout I was still not getting the
correct finish. Hmmm... back to the drawing board...
So a change of tack was required, I thought about treating the hard standing like ballasting track. A little research on the web threw up Polak's ballast dust. I quickly
purchased three different colours, with the view to mixing them together in different proportions to acheive the desired colour. Again, after I'd finally decided on what
I thought was the correct colouring, when applying the mixture to the layout it
looked different. It doesn't look too bad but not totally what I
was aiming for, texture good colouring not quite right, a little too brown not enough grey I feel.
think it is time to move on and come back to this once more scenic work
has been completed. It will probably look different when all the grass,
weeds, trees & bushes have been added.