Tuesday 17 February 2009

Brafferton Update - 18: Scenic Update

Titivation and touches to the overbridge continue. The road edges have been grassed up using the Gaugemaster grass mat. This has been cut into very thin strips and affixed with PVA. Grass immediately after fixing:

Grass after trimming and roughing:

Further colouring to the stonework, mainly drybrushing stone shades and then weathering with darker browns and greys to represent exhaust soot:

Also, I have been working on the concrete roadway down to the station yard. 1.5mm styrene has been scored, sanded and general degraded to represent the concrete surface. Painted a base colour, thin dark washes were applied to bring out the detail and then light powders toned the whole down: 

Same item different light:


Peter Whitehead said...


I'm impressed with your bridge, looks excellent, can't wait to see it in place on the layout.

A question about your concrete surface, you say you painted it a base colour, what was that? I am currently laying DAS modelling clay on Marks Quay and that dries a slightly off white which needs toning down, and grey primer does not seem correct!

Peter Whitehead

Yorkshire Square said...


Thanks for the kind comment. To represent concrete, I use light greys with a touch of cream/stone eg Humbrol 71, 103, 121 and some white. It's not exact by any means and variances in colour exist in the real thing. Good luck with your DAS!


Anonymous said...


Great bridge - Can I ask about the Gaugemaster grass mat? Have been on their website and there seems many many types. Any in particular that you can recommend? Also, will you use a grass mat for large areas of grass or solely for situations like your bridge i.e. thin strips?

Thanks in advance, Pete M