Thursday 13 June 2024

NEAG June 2024 meeting

This time around there was a bit of excitement as the planned speaker had to pull out with a week's notice. Consequently the group had to endure a presentation about backscenes by organiser Anthony. He presented some illustrated thoughts on what to think about, followed by a quick demo of how to use artist's acrylics. Not quite Turner prize material....

The general gist of the talk was that there are two extremes: keeping it simple as advocated by Lance Mindheim, or going for an all-singing, all-dancing three-dimensional visual experience à la Paul Bambrick. Since we are in the realm of "art", there is no one correct answer. But beginners should definitely consider the first approach... Copies of their respective books were on hand to have a look at too: Model Railroading as Art comes highly recommended as practical, clear advice, but there is much to learn from Creating a Backscene: A Railway Modelling Companion, albeit that the techniques are much more advanced.

Fortunately, the usual team were on hand in the kitchen to help us recover from the talk.

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