Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by CPRSD40-2, May 22, 2003.
And the last one, looking west.
They sure will look like the rolling hills that get bigger the further west you go. Not sure what plaster you will use Mike. I use Poly filla soaked paper towels for basic covering then floor leveller for final coat. The floor leveller can be shaped easily. I use a 2 inch paint brush. The floor leveller cures rock hard. I love it. Get mine from Home Hardware
I took Gavin Miller's advice and made some cloud templates and tried painting clouds tonight, it's kinda hard to see in the picture, but they are there and look very subtle, thanks Gavin! I plan on following his process for the rest of the backdrop too. I made the templates from bristle board, then had to staple them to cardboard to stop them from flexing when the paint hit them.
Here is the results, they look much better in person, some are so faint, that they don't really show up on camera.
That's why they call it the 'Academy'! They are the Masters! It was Gavin, again, that inspired me to do my backdrop. Thanks for the great how-to!
Hey, great looking clouds SD90!!
Soft and suitably nebulous, looking just like the real thing.
It's not hard, huh?
Thanks for the instructions! No it's not really to hard at all! I noticed you kept your clouds close to the horizon, did you do that on your entire layout? Next, I'm going ot try out the rolling hills! Thanks again for your help!
I went outside and looked at the real sky a lot while planning my backdrop painting.
I wanted to represent a bright, clear, sunny day. When you look straight up you may or may not see a cloud. However, the more acute your angle of view becomes (that is, the closer you look to the horizon) the more likely you are to see clouds (or the bottoms of several banks of distant clouds) because you are surveying a MUCH larger area.
Don't make the mistake we all did in primary school where we would draw the ground at the bottom of the page and the clouds as round balls "up" in the sky at the top of the page. This creates a very one dimensional scene. In realty, the earth is a globe and the clouds wrap around it (right down to the horizon from WHEREVER you may be observing)
So, my rationale is this:-
"Haze" and smaller clouds (or ridges of cloud bottoms) on or near the horizon. As you paint them higher on the backdrop, paint them larger. This creates an optical illusion of depth and distance. Higher clouds represent closer ones, lower clouds represent those further away.
I painted some really large billows at the very top of my backdrop which looked very convincing as "overhead" clouds in photographs but were less than convincing to the naked eye. So I decided to paint them out with blue "sky" and be satisfied with more distant clouds which didn't draw the viewer's eye up to the edge of the backdrop.
I DO have some mid-level clouds on other backdrops which didn't feature in the tutorial.
Hope this helps.
I just got my SD45's in the mail! I still want to repaint them, but for now they look good! I have to put couplers on them, then I'll get some action shots!
Thanks for all of your input on facia thread I posted. I've started the facia on the 1st level, it makes it look much more finished, even though it's far from finished! I've also done some of the base scenery on the parts with the facia, now I feel safer leaving a train on that part! If the bench work gets bumped, the train will only tip over, not land on the floor!
The same shots with an eastbound train in them.
What a difference the facia makes Mike. Really dresses it up. Now what colour will you paint it?
Hi Robin, I don't know for sure, what color I'll paint it yet, maybe flat black, or maybe I'll use spackle, for added texture.
Last night, I started building one of the big grain elevators, that will be in Calgary. Here is a shot of what will be the cilos, they are just abs pipe cut into 8" sections,(about 106 scale feet tall.) Thanks for the inspiration Robin!
Here is the picture of the real grain elevator.
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