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 Posted: Sat Sep 1st, 2012 02:48 pm
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After reading Lucas' brick thread I thought it might be appropriate to show how I make Dry Stone walls using Blue Foam.
Initially I carved the shapes into the foam, however I noted that when applying a Car Spray Undercoat (Halfords UK) the alcohol in the spray paint disolved the foam to a small extent.
Here's the first section of wall I made.


I then made two further walls using the foam.
The next photo shows a reject (short Wall) where my carving was too extreme and too much paint applied resulting in excessive erosion of the foam.
However the second longer wall was made by just scoring the surface of the foam and letting the paint do the eroding to create reasonable gaps twixt stones.
Surface was then washed with black acrylic to highlight the gaps. Now needs finish paint plus dirt/moss.
The reject will be remade using just the scoring technique.

By the way I've also tried the scoring technique to make bricks, again using paint (red oxide) to erode the brick courses. I use a Xacto blade to score the foam. Result is good and very quick.
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 Posted: Sat Sep 1st, 2012 02:56 pm
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That first one looks really great. I had the chance to go to Scotland a number of years ago and that first wall is dead spot on for what I remember!

Any comment on how you varied the color of the rocks on the first one? I see there are some more gray and other more brown. Also, whatever it is that's being use for those grass tuffs looks great as well.

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I agree that the first one is very good!

The third one has too many stones the same size and shape for my eyes. Perhaps in the Welsh slate country--but then some pieces are too large to be rejects

But that first one is a winner!  :glad:


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Hi Titus,
The colouring was achieved by dabbing various modellers Acrylic Paints onto the stones. I use a combination of Vallejo and Games Workshop that are available in the UK.
Mistakenly I don't note exactly what I use, can't even rememeber exactly how I arrived at the stone shapes on that one.:old dude:
The mos come plant material is something I bought from a Florist. I just pull small tufts off and press into the white glue primed crevices. There's also some of the backing of the product in a couple of the crevices, this resembles a brown peaty material.
I'll take a photo of the product when the light is better.

I agree Herb that the last wall isn't as good, however its location will be such that I can live with it and hopefully not too many punters will notice as it's part of this.:bg:




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Ah, yes!

Gromit and the rivets will take eyes away from the stones.


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Cheese, Gromit?



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Lighthorseman wrote:
Cheese, Gromit?


Gromit prefers Meatabix Steve.

I'll start a new thread relating to the layout which is entitled:
"A Rivetting Day Out"
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