I've been making small amounts of progress on this, but nothing photo-worthy yet. My Pegasus Gothic building kit arrived, along with the resin furniture. The building will work quite well, but will still require a lot of modification and up-detailing. It's a snap-together kit so you can't expect too much from it
The resin furniture I was a little bit disappointed with. The level of detail is far less than the painted pictures conveyed and the casting quality isn't as high as I'd expect. They will do the job, but again I'll probably have to do some up-detailing.
The next thing I need to sort out is a concrete texture for the kerbing and sidewalks. Now although model train enthusiasts argue that the texture of concrete is so fine that it wouldn't be noticeable when scaled down, I'm of the firm belief that with modelling for pure aesthetics (as opposed to maximum accuracy) certain features and textures need to be exaggerated. Like the same way that 28mm figures are proportioned with certain features exaggerated.
So I've been looking around for a way to give my styrene sidewalks and kerbing a concrete texture. There are 4 possible techniques that I feel give appropriate results:
- Casting the details in actual plaster. This looks the most authentic because it actually is!
- Apply a coat of impasto medium (an acrylic medium combined with a fine powder to give texture). Probably needs sanding to a smooth shape once cured.
- Coat styrene with styrene cement and stipple with a brush.
- Stipple on Mr Surfacer 500. Might need some light sanding when cured.
I've just done a test of the last two tonight - I'll hit them with some grey paint tomorrow night to see how they look but I'm not feeling very confident (definitely not with the styrene cement technique).
I'm not going to screw around casting plaster (that would make the diorama quite heavy too) so the impasto medium is the only other technique that I think could work. I've got some gel medium so I might just try mixing it with some dust and knifing it on. It only wants to be a very thin layer.
Anybody got any other suggestions?
Oh and during my googling I finally ran across the article that gave me the inspiration for my asphalt technique: http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=170011&page=1
Oh yeah I can make that....